When it was first brought to my attention by a colleague that Amazon was selling how-to dog fighting books, I thought there was no way that it could be true. However, after checking for myself that Amazon was indeed selling how-to dog fighting books, I was both shocked and appalled to learn the truth. Yes, it is true that for those interested in engaging in the despicable and illegal pass time of fighting dogs for sport, the following titles are available for purchase at Amazon:
THE DOG PIT - How to Select, Breed , Train and Manage Fighting Dogs
GHETTO DAWG AND GHETTO DAWG 2
THE BREEDING AND MANAGEMENT OF FIGHTING DOGS
THE WORLD OF FIGHTING DOGS (with "school binding" no less)
It is amazing to me that in the wake of Michael Vick's dog fighting ring bringing the cruel and illegal sport of dog fighting to the media forefront, that a so called ethical vendor can promote the sale of instructional books on the subject. One may acknowledge that an occasional bad book or video slips under the radar and winds up on an otherwise fine website, after all they do offer literally millions of books for sale. However, I find it curious that these same types of books did not slip under the radar of BarnesandNoble.com.
My message to Amazon is the following:
Just as it is completely unethical for a respected online bookseller to promote the sale of books that teach our citizens the art of operating meth labs, running prostitution rings, or organizing a terrorist cell, it is equally as immoral to promote the sale of instructional books on the vicious, inhumane, illegal sport of dog fighting. For the moment, I will give you the benefit of the doubt that this may have been an unintentional oversight, and give you the opportunity remove these titles from your selection. While my humble little blog may not reach your top brass, I, as well as countless others, have filed the online petition to request that all dogfighting titles be removed from your selection. With ample and numerous notifications, you have no excuse to do the right thing in a timely fashion.
For those who would like to participate in this petition to place as much pressure on Amazon as possible to stop promoting dog fighting how-to literature, you may access the petition at the webpage below: