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Animals used for entertainment

Human hand holds the neck of a catfish with a hook and fishing gear in mouth.

Sport fishing is by far the practice that involves the most injury and death to nonhuman animals for the purpose of entertainment. Massive numbers of fishes and other sentient beings, who have centralized nervous systems that make it possible for them to suffer and feel pleasure, endure painful injuries and deaths for human sport. It is estimated that more than 10 million metric... Read more

Crowd watches men fight a bull at a rodeo

Nonhuman animals are exploited and killed for entertainment in a number of ways. The most significant way is in the form of hunting and, especially, sport fishing. In addition, all around the world there are shows put on in which nonhuman animals are forced to take part. In many of these shows the animals are harmed or even killed (like in bullfights). In others they are not... Read more

Golden retriever hunting dog with sandhill crane in his mouth

One of the human activities that kills the most nonhuman animals is hunting. There are no statistics on how many animals are killed by hunters. However, we know that in the US alone more than 13 million people aged 16 and over are registered hunters.1 If each hunter killed only one animal per year, the kill count would be in the tens of millions; as it is, hunters kill many animals... Read more


Animals all around the world suffer terribly in circuses and other shows using animals. They are forced to live in situations that are often similar to those in factory farms, and are continuously subjected to pain, terrible fear, and distress so they will perform in circus acts. A comprehensive scientific study published several years ago concluded that circuses cause significant... Read more

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