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In the Real World

Sports and Animal Movement

Animathletes

Do you think your pet is the best animal in the entire world? You are not alone. People have been comparing animals since they were first domesticated. Many people believe that the only way to really determine which animals is truly better is to have a competition. Today, animals compete in racing, polo, rodeo, shows of training, and fighting (although this has been outlawed in many countries).

Animal racing is the most prevalent type of animal competition. Dogs, horses, and pigeons are among the most popular racing animals throughout the world. However, racing competitions can involve a variety of animals including: armadillos, buffalo, camels, cockroaches, frogs, hamsters, lizards, mice, ostriches, pigs, porcupines, snails, turtles, and yaks.

Violent or deadly animal competitions of yesteryear have largely been replaced by more humane contests such as Camel wrestling and Elephant polo which rarely lead to injury. Animal breed standard competitions are a particularly longstanding tradition. The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show has been held since 1877 and is often watched around the world. Cat and rabbit shows are also popular amongst cat and rabbit lovers. Some animals have even been seen trying their paws at human sports as well.

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