1. What is dogfighting?
Dogfighting is a sadistic "contest" in which two dogs—specifically bred, conditioned, and trained to fight—are placed in a pit (generally a small arena enclosed by plywood walls) to fight each other for the spectators' entertainment and gambling. Fights average nearly an hour in length and often last more than two hours. Dogfights end when one of the dogs will not or cannot continue. In addition to these dogfights, there are reports of an increase in unorganized street fights in urban areas.
CORRECTION: specifically bred, conditioned, and managed to meet in competition as i.e. two professional boxers. Spectators include women, children, entertainment, and food.. When one dogs curs, quits, or by freak accident OR the lack of a carring owner to pick up, a dead dog.
2. How does it cause animal suffering?
Game bred dogs have analgesia (think I spelled that right) which means they don't feel pain and fear like most animals.. they engage.... what causes them pain or fear as well. FEAR and PAIN are BOTH EMOTIONS..
... the capabilities that allow them to bring down feral hogs, bear, moose, tame the wildest of bulls, buffalo and such as recording in American history let alone the history of man kind.. YES those dogs are still needed because FOOD doesnt grow and kill itself for all you HUMANIACs who live in a concrete jungle and eat from packages, cans, and boxes.. THINGS have to die so you can eat, and that food comes from the country. That country is unruly and people need these dogs for the unruly country.. simple as that..
The injuries inflicted and sustained by dogs participating in dogfights are frequently severe, even fatal. The American pit bull terriers used in the majority of these fights have been specifically bred and trained for fighting and are unrelenting in their attempts to overcome their opponents. With their extremely powerful jaws, they are able to inflict severe bruising, deep puncture wounds and broken bones.
Dogs used in these events often die of blood loss, shock, dehydration, exhaustion, or infection hours or even days after the fight. Other animals are often sacrificed as well. Some owners train their dogs for fights using smaller animals such as cats, rabbits or small dogs. These "bait" animals are often stolen pets or animals obtained through "free to good home" advertisements.
WHAT?? Like feeding kittens to dogs to make em blood thirsty to right?? You cannot take the ignorant BYF country or urban and lump in professional and scientific contest to determine game. MAYBE in this country with all the fur mommies that jump on any reason to fear and feel sorry for (themselves more then the animal) the horrific abuse, ... DOG fighting is not a felony in all 50 states. Dogs fight.. sled dogs, bear dogs, bulldogs, etc.. the trick with this breed is managing them and teaching them NOT to fight..
3. Are there other concerns?
How bout having your rights determined by someone who is ignorant of both law and practice; let alone criminal intent.. thats pretty concerning.
Yes. Numerous law enforcement raids have unearthed many disturbing facets of this illegal "sport." Young children are sometimes present at the events, which can promote insensitivity to animal suffering, enthusiasm for violence and a lack of respect for the law. Illegal gambling is the norm at dogfights. Dog owners and spectators wager thousands of dollars on their favorites. Firearms and other weapons have been found at dogfights because of the large amounts of cash present. And dogfighting has been connected to other kinds of violence—even homicide, according to newspaper reports. In addition, illegal drugs are often sold and used at dogfights.
4. What other effects does the presence of dogfighting have on people and animals in a community?
Theres two different kinds, and different kinds of people... to many variables to point fingers and answer questions directly. SIMPLY.. When it was legal pre 76 and throughout the world where its still legal, professional contests had women, children, music, cameras, food, and a vet or vet tech to check the dogs out at the end of the match... sounds like professional boxing to me. The other kind would be ignorant, ego drivin, and dangerous to the people and the dogs invovled, for reasons you mentioned above. FOR SOME REASON are THICKER in AREAS where ILLEGAL
Dogs used for fighting have been bred for many generations to be dangerously aggressive toward other animals. The presence of these dogs in a community increases the risk of attacks not only on other animals but also on people. Children are especially at risk, because their small size may cause a fighting dog to perceive a child as another animal.
WRONG,, as in any breed dogs can have a variable that causes them to be human aggressive or child aggressive... HOWEVER the fighting bulldogs have always been RENOWNED as Nanny Dogs as much as  dogs, yes high intense dogs arise and common sense should say this dog has no cooth and will trample my child, I LEARNED THIS WITH ALASKAN HUSKIES.. All my bulldogs are great with kids. IN few variable situations people shouldnt have adult bulldogs around their children, as in.. adopting adult bulldogs you have NO clue on their history, as in any ADULT dog from my experience as vet tech for the SPCA. Look at Petey in lil rascals, and our gang... those bandages were from REAL BOUTS and then he was on set with the kids!!! hows that for child danger fear tactics??
5. Why should dogfighting be a felony offense?
There are several compelling reasons. Because dogfighting yields such large profits for participants, the minor penalties associated with misdemeanor convictions are not a sufficient deterrent. Dogfighters merely absorb these fines as part of the cost of doing business. The cruelty inherent in dogfighting should be punished by more than a slap on the hand. Dogfighting is not a spur-of-the-moment act; it is a premeditated and cruel practice.
Those involved in dogfighting go to extensive lengths to avoid detection by law enforcement, so investigations can be difficult, dangerous, and expensive. Law enforcement officials are more inclined to investigate dogfighting if it is a felony. As more states make dogfighting a felony offense, those remaining states with low penalties will become magnets for dogfighters.
6. Do some states already have felony laws?
Yes. Dogfighting is illegal in all 50 states and a felony offense in almost every state.
Last two questions^^^^^ all opinionated garb mixed in with legal fact to en-rile fear and passion.. Yes it should be a felony if gambling is involved, otherwise it could just be a kennel accident because you know all the bulldogs or sled dogs, or bear dogs, NEVER get into kennel accidents fights while owner is asleep or away, NEVER... and they dont count those anyway.. OKAY .. YEAH RIGHT!
7. Should being a spectator also be a felony?
NO.. as in a few states no felony for spectating, many times the spectator is the witness..
Yes. Spectators provide much of the profit associated with dogfighting. The money generated by admission fees and gambling helps keep this "sport" alive. Because dogfights are illegal and therefore not widely publicized, spectators do not merely happen upon a fight; they seek it out. They are willing participants who support a criminal activity through their paid admission and attendance.
8. What can I do to help stop dogfighting?
If you live in one of the states where dogfighting is still only a misdemeanor, please write to your state legislators and urge them to make it a felony. To find out how your state treats dogfighting, visit our page on State Dogfighting Laws.
Please stop distributing fear tactics... if you live in a state of NON FELONY it is because thats how that state depicts statutes and liberty, and that is PERFECTLY FINE this is the UNITED STATES of AMERICA, each state has the right to govern themselves a lil different than other states under the Constitution of the United States of American, Bill of Rights, Declaration of Independence, all cover the reason for .. FOR INSTANCE .. in a non felony state that has ALOT of hog or bear hunters THE DOGS ARE TOP END, and many times get anxious or bored and break free and break another dog, SO frequently that THERE MUST BE A WITNESS to the GAMBLING and AGREED CONTEST TO BET ON THE DOGS. Animal cruelty is a GIVEN, however HOW CAN YOU scream like a HUMANIAC animal cruelty, and dog fighting when the dogs did it themselves, wanted to and quit themselves before the owner got home or awake? States have the right to govern themselves to an extent. Dogfighting has no large criminal racket here in this no felony state, people don't do that crap, but states that HAVE heavy HUMANIAC laws are CONSTANTLY fighting BYF and animal abuse.
We encourage you also to write letters to the media to increase public awareness of the dangers of dogfighting and to law enforcement officials or prosecutors and judges to urge them to take the issue seriously. You may want to display our dogfighting poster in your community. For free posters, please include your name and address in an email along with the number of posters you would like to receive, and we'll send our catalog as well.
If you suspect that dogfighting is going on in your own neighborhood, alert your local law enforcement agency and urge agency officials to contact The HSUS for practical tools, advice and assistance.
The Humane Society
2100 L Street, NW
Washington, DC 20037