Dogfighting Fact Sheet
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.
2. How does it cause animal suffering?
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.
3. Are there other concerns?
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?
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.
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.
7. Should being a spectator also be a felony?
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.
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
I have ten posters on the way . how many you getting?
great post ...will do
That's anti dogfighting facts.
Come on now, your gonna beat something up at least appropriately represent your cause.
Plain and Simple: THE KNOW NOT WHAT THEY SPEAK~ EXCPET: fear, blame, and with an attitude of a HUMANIAC , FORCE their fear, passion, and emotion down everyone else's necks to believe anytime two people meet and their dogs (on leash) growl at each other, its a dog fight.
First of all educate yourself, 2nd educate the public, 3rd don't play that :poop:!!! I put dogs down for the SPCA all day everyday for 2yrs; Im here to tell you the HSUS is full of it, their main goal is to eradicate all people from owning pets. All the red tape is the babysteps to get there.
Education, common sense, and the will to speak the truth.. is not something nor the kind of people they want. They want the brainwashable that SPEW the LOUDEST the FACTS they SURELY BELIEVE.... full of logical fallacies.
Thanks, I just don't have the energy anymore for these clowns.
since was resurrected, had to make sure someone didn't see the blatent humor of his direct scarcasm. Hahaha,, someone was bound to take a piece and RUN>>>>>>>>>>>> :pupruns: OH WRONG WAY<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<< OH, Now then caught up in showin my ( Y ) .. haha that kinda of thing turns ito :rain: look out everbody there's a :poop: cloud coming, everybody run................. ....
It was PannndaALLearrRYumm! (pandemonium)
the thing that gets me is, until these animals became popular with the public, nothing was ever said, pre 1976.
can someone tell me what the change was???????????
there was no change,
yes freak accidents do happen, most time if one was lost it was because of aftercare, couldnt go to the vet any more.
let me put it this way,
only 1 person out of 100 ever even looks at his dog, because to do that you have to find another 1 out of 100 dogs, so thats 200 dogs to get 2 dogs together, now, to even get to where you could win a contest just think about the percentages.
they start getting crazy.
plus 99.999999999% of the time its a 'rasslin' test, to see who can out 'rassle' or frustrate the other to where he gets tired of it and says 'i've had enuf'
like any contact sport things happen, but that dosent mean they should be outlawed.
but after 1976 you became an outlaw, and then the respectable dogmen started fading away.
used to be a big get together with men, women, and children.
then when larger amounts of money come into play, thats what got the feds involved,
thinkin they were gonna find big money, but it just aint there, most dogmen work for a livin.
i think if the purses never grew, nothing would have been said especially here in nc.
but thugs and drug dealers tried to take over with large dollars, and it worked for awhile,
but i see the trend reversing, now when you pay 3,4,5,6,7,8k for a dog you tend to appreciate and respect where that dog came from and what it took to get that dog here.
very good points fellas... :clap::goodpost::woof:
I agree with surfer. But remeber when the thugs and drug dealers came in rules went out the window. It went from a sporting event to whos dogs can kill whos dogs.
Not sure I want to share them. It can be A tough pill to swallow.
even when the thugs took over,
to find an animal that can and would dispatch another is RARE
i've looked at around a 1,000 dogs, and the percentages just aint there.
i'm not saying it cant happen, but what number out of how many?
if i've seen 10 that would be alot, and pp was putting out some of the best in the world,
and all this is a matter of record,
like i said i aint sayin they aint out there because we had some that would dispatch one.
but when that happens 99% of the time the owners pride is what gets in the way.
and dont want to admit he has the lesser dog.
but whats more rare is a tie, thats why you'll have a winner and a loser.
but the real dogmen realize there is no shame in either.
some how the 'contest' went from finding out which one to breed to,
to trying to get rich, then ego's get in the way
I ment the handlers mentality not actual dogs thst can kill each other.
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