Originally Posted by thebigother
The only difference is that culturally we place more sentimental importance on dogs and other pets than it does on cows and other live stock. It's no more necessary to eat a cow or wear leather in a developed country than it is to have a pet to keep you company. I'm not saying that one is just as ethical as the other, but that dog fighting and the consumption of livestock for vanity purposes are just as unethical.
No, they're not equally unethical.
One involves training animals to maliciously attack one another. The other involves simply killing an animal to eat it. In one, the animal is punished and injured (possibly many times over) before ever being allowed to die. In the other, animals are simply killed one day.