Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Kitten Fighting in Chicago
My son and his friends needed a ride to the kitten fights in downtown Chicago, so I agreed to drive. You could tell we were in the right place, due to all the people with their shoe boxes with the airholes. We got there early, so the kids left me with their kittens while they found a bite to eat. The line was long for check in, but that was an excellent chance to meet people and there were carts to hold your kitten carriers if you needed them. After check in and number and match rotation assignments, rules were explained at the fighting cages in the auditorium. Modern technology allows odds to be quickly calculated on each kitten as various data points are entered into computers. You can enter your smaller bets into automated machines that pay out in coins when you read your card in after a fight round. For fun, I put $2 on my son's kitten and won $8.75. Most people treat their breeding cats and kittens well, but there is some cruelty, just like in other fighting and racing sports. Sometimes, the losing kittens get abandoned like these on cafeteria table or this poor one left in the garbage. It was an exciting evening in the Windy City!