Bizarre Dog Spinning Ritual Is, Sadly, Exactly What It Sounds Like

This just in: An update in the world of bizarre, awful and ridiculous ways of treating animals. Dog spinning.

The tradition of dog spinning involves a supposedly beloved animal, hoisted between two poles and attached to a rope that is then revved to spin and spin until the dog finally falls, disoriented and terrified, into a puddle of water below.

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Apparently this ritual, native to Bulgaria, is a superstitious way of warding off evil spirits at the start of spring.

But more recently, dog spinning has been used as a way of getting rid of diseases, like rabies and foot and mouth disease.

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The practice was officially banned in 2006. But like other bans on inhumane traditions, the law against dog spinning can be hard to enforce: Rumor has it that in some areas of Bulgaria, man's best friend is still scared sick from spinning.

A video showing the practice was uploaded to YouTube as recently as 2011.

And we call ourselves "rational animals."

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