A Hindu wedding ceremony of 18 dogs has been called off in India after hardline religious groups and animal rights activists said it was a mockery of the religion and cruel to the canines. The marriage of nine dogs to nine bitches to promote canine culture was expected to take place on Sunday. But the wedding which, according to Hindu rituals involves sitting in front of a sacred fire and exchanging flower garlands, was canceled after groups including People for Animals (PFA) criticized the event.

The marriage would also have included a procession and a huge feast with a special dance party. 'In my opinion, marriage of dogs is cruelty on animals,' the newspaper quoted the PFA's chairman Naresh Kadyan as saying. 'People hold the front legs of the dogs against their will and force them to dance, which is cruel. The lights, noise, sound used in these kinds of events also hurt them.'

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Do you think dog marriages are cruel?
A Hindu wedding ceremony of 18 dogs has been called off in India after hardline religious groups and animal rights activists said it was a mockery of the religion and cruel to the canines. The marriage of nine dogs to nine bitches to promote canine culture was expected to take place on Sunday. But the wedding which, according to Hindu rituals involves sitting in front of a sacred fire and exchanging flower garlands, was canceled after groups including People for Animals (PFA) criticized the event.

The marriage would also have included a procession and a huge feast with a special dance party. `In my opinion, marriage of dogs is cruelty on animals,` the newspaper quoted the PFA`s chairman Naresh Kadyan as saying. `People hold the front legs of the dogs against their will and force them to dance, which is cruel. The lights, noise, sound used in these kinds of events also hurt them.`

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15 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Friday 12/29/06 - 4:17:41 PM EST (GMT-5)
no i dont think so all this stuff that says that everythings cruel has gone over board not everything done to animals is cruel, this is the exuvilent of arrange marriages so no
15 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Friday 12/29/06 - 4:18:28 PM EST (GMT-5)
(have to do it) haha they said "bitches" i know ill shut up now
15 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Friday 12/29/06 - 4:21:00 PM EST (GMT-5)
Yes! Surely the dogs should have a say in this!
15 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Friday 12/29/06 - 4:23:49 PM EST (GMT-5)
i dont think its cruel, just a little odd.
15 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Friday 12/29/06 - 5:23:55 PM EST (GMT-5)
I hate dogs. End of.
15 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Friday 12/29/06 - 6:32:49 PM EST (GMT-5)
It'd not really cruel. It's not like the dog knows it's married.
It's just an incredibly stupid idea to marry animals
15 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Friday 12/29/06 - 11:09:49 PM EST (GMT-5)
It's not cruel unless they're creating puppies and overpopulating animals further.
15 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Thursday 1/4/07 - 9:52:06 PM EST (GMT-5)
its not animal cruelty , but a dog marrige has got to be one of the dumbest things ive ever heard of. i think people on both sides of this issue are out of their minds.
15 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Saturday 1/20/07 - 1:33:48 AM EST (GMT-5)
It's dumb, but get a f-cking grip and face real problems, you trivial-minded asshats.
15 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Saturday 1/20/07 - 4:52:37 AM EST (GMT-5)
I don't think cruel is the right word for it, it's weird.
15 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Saturday 1/20/07 - 5:57:48 AM EST (GMT-5)
WTF? How is that even legal? The dogs obviously can't consent...

But no, it's not cruel. The marriage won't actually mean anything to the dogs. Marriage is a human concept, so it's not like the dogs will actually have any idea of what's going on.

15 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Wednesday 1/24/07 - 4:55:55 PM EST (GMT-5)
Those are their traditions and the dogs are not suffering. On the contrary, it seems to me that these dogs have special treatment. I'm not throwing a party for my dog anytime soon.

Dumb hippies.

15 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Wednesday 1/24/07 - 5:10:36 PM EST (GMT-5)
On 1/24/2007 4:55:56 PM czarukus wrote:
Dumb hippies.

Where, exactly, do the hippies come into it.

It's a Hindu ceremony, and Hindu religious hardliners, as well as Hindu animal activists, objected to it.

No hippies anywhere that I can see.

15 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Thursday 1/25/07 - 3:36:03 AM EST (GMT-5)
No, just over the top.
15 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Sunday 2/18/07 - 6:41:16 AM EST (GMT-5)
Lol, thought it said if marriages (in general) were cruel---that'd be a yes :D
15 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Tuesday 2/20/07 - 4:51:43 AM EST (GMT-5)
Go ask a dog and see if it cares. Probly not. Infact it would probly sniff your bum or start humping your leg or somthing like that
15 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Wednesday 2/21/07 - 8:36:50 AM EST (GMT-5)
No.
Pointless and odd, yes.
15 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Wednesday 2/21/07 - 8:50:37 AM EST (GMT-5)
"'People hold the front legs of the dogs against their will and force them to dance, which is cruel. The lights, noise, sound used in these kinds of events also hurt them.'"

You've got to be f*cking kidding me. That is perhaps the worst claims of animal abuse I have ever heard. "'People hold the front legs of the dog against their will and force them to dance, which is cruel'" If the dog really did not want to dance, he'd probably let you know. I bet 100% of the dogs do not care one way or the other. If you give a cat a bath against its will, is that cruelty to animals? "'The lights, noise, sound used in these kinds of events also hurt them.'"
What, now dogs cannot listen to music know without being hurt. This claim is even worse than the first. Absof*ckinlutely ridiculous. This is a case of very abnormal eccentricity on one side, and complete idiocy on the other.

15 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Wednesday 2/21/07 - 9:37:10 PM EST (GMT-5)
On 12/29/2006 4:21:00 PM zz_AmY_zz wrote:
Yes! Surely the dogs should have a say in this!

Yes, I wonder what the dogs would say about this.

15 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Wednesday 2/21/07 - 9:38:50 PM EST (GMT-5)
Not cruel, just a waste of time and money.
14 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Sunday 6/17/07 - 7:18:48 PM EST (GMT-5)
I dance with my dogs. I assume they love it.
14 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Sunday 6/24/07 - 3:04:49 AM EST (GMT-5)
wtf? people actually do this? man... the world is going amiss....
14 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Sunday 7/1/07 - 3:29:24 PM EST (GMT-5)
dogs just want to hump all the dogs they can, not just one
14 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Sunday 7/8/07 - 4:57:15 AM EST (GMT-5)
No, but I don't like dogs.
14 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Sunday 7/8/07 - 5:07:20 AM EST (GMT-5)
Yes, I don't think we can shove human concepts like marriage and veganism down pet’s throats. This is just restricting animal freedoms.

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