Thanks to the ASPCA, April 8th is known as National Dog Fighting Awareness Day. The ASPCA, which stands for American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, wants to increase understanding of dog fighting. By increasing understanding and awareness of dog fighting, people across the nation can take part in eliminating this barbaric form of animal cruelty.
Dog fighting is a worldwide issue. Its victims are unable to speak out for themselves. Following the publicized arrest of NFL quarterback, Michael Vick, several athletes spoke out on his behalf.
- NBA player Stephon Marbary believes dog fighting is a sport and compared it to hunting.
- Professional boxer Roy Jones Jr stated that two dogs fighting can happen anywhere.
- NFL player Clinton Portis feels that dogs are property and should be treated as such. Also, he feels that people should mind their own business.
The first step towards ending this barbaric practice is through education.
What is Dog Fighting?
Dog fighting is basically a blood sport. Two opposing dogs enter a ring or pit and fight to the death for the entertainment of spectators. Dog fights last until there is a winner. Winners are declared if the other dog dies or jumps out of the pit.
Dog Fighting Cruelty
There’s no part of dog fighting that doesn’t involve cruelty to the animals. Besides the actual dog fighting contest, the entire process of dog fighting is cruel. Even if the losing dog survives the fight, it’s often killed by its owner. The death typically isn’t quick and humane. The death of the losing dog is brought upon in a brutal way such as drowning, electrocution, starvation, or torture.
Dogs that aren’t used as fighters become bait dogs. The bait dog has its muzzle taped shut and is restrained. Thus, leaving it completely helpless. The fighting dog will use the bait dog to practice its attacks.
Bait dogs are pretty much as good as dead. Even if the bait dog survives the attacks of the fighting dog, it never receives medical attention. The bait dog will eventually die from its injuries. Any type of dog can be used as a bait dog and, most often, stolen dogs become bait dogs.
Bait dogs don’t necessarily have to be dogs. Kittens, cats, and rabbits are often used as bait animals. A lot of these bait animals are either stolen or obtained from free ads on Craigslist.
Dog Fighting Related Criminal Activity
Dog fighting is a felony in all 50 states of the United States. Besides the crime of animal cruelty, illegal gambling is tied to dog fighting. Drug trafficking, gang activities, and money laundering are all crimes that can be associated with dog fighting.
Signs of Dog Fighting
Learn how to spot dog fighting rings and events. Knowing what to look for is the best way for citizens to keep dog fighting and its associated crimes out of their neighborhoods. Here are some things to look out for.
- Dogs on heavy chains or with weights around their necks
- Homes with many pit bulls that seem abused or unsocialized
- Equipment used to condition dogs like treadmills, spring pole (a rope or rawhide suspended from a beam that the dog bites on to gain strength and endurance), and Jenny (apparatus that looks like a horse walker which allows the dog to run in circles, chasing bait)
- Scarred or physically mutilated dogs
- Numerous amounts of people coming and going from a location at unusual hours
The Humane Society of the United States offers up to a $5000 reward for information leading to the arrest or conviction of anyone involved in dog fighting. All tips are kept confidential. The tip line phone number is 877-TIP-HSUS.
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