Dog Fighting Report
Dog Fighting is a cruel and relentless sport, that should be stopped. Dogs are forced to fight each other for people's entertainment. Though legal in Japan and parts of Russia, dogfighting has been outlawed in most of the world. Still, it remains popular. Legal or not, dog fights are held openly in parts of Latin America, Pakistan and Eastern Europe, in the U.S. and the United Kingdom. The dog fights are fought all over the world and can be found anywhere if you know where to look, but are most commonly found in America and Eastern Europe.
Breeds And Breeding
Here are some of the most common dog breeds used for fighting or that are bred specifically for fighting.
These Dogs are generally known as Pit Bulls.
- English Staffordshire Terriers
- American Staffordshire Terriers
- American Pitbulls
- American Pitbull Terriers
Dogs bred for fighting are usually kept penned or chained, they are often chained with heavy logging chains around their neck to build their neck muscles (to help them bite harder and be stronger in fights) from an early age. Many of these dogs are starved and taunted from a young age in order to trigger extreme survival instincts, to encourage aggression.
Training of the Dogs
Some owners train their dogs by forcing them to;
- tread water in a pool for a long time
- run on a treadmill while a caged terrified animal (usually a cat or chicken but can be a small bait dog) hanging in front of them therefore making them run faster and harder, trying to get the caged animal
- making them hang on with their jaws while dangling from a chain baited with meat.
Many of the dogs are injected with steroids, the steroids are used to build up muscle, and to make them faster. Steroids are terrible for humans, imagine what they do to the poor dogs.
Some of the owners even go the extra mile by sharpening their dogs teeth so they do more damage to their opponent. They even cut off the dog's ears to prevent other dogs from latching onto them.
Then there are the crazy owners that put roach poison in their dog’s food to make their fur taste bad to the other dogs.
What Happens At Dogfights
A “Pit” where these bloody events take place, usually consist of a dirt, carpeted or concrete floor.
These Pits usually measure 8-16 square feet, surrounded by a wooden enclosure that is about 3 feet high.
Sticks are used to pry apart the dogs, who clamp down so fiercely that it is not uncommon for the dogs to “fang” themselves (bite through their own lip). Dogs are encouraged to fight to the death, the fight can go on for hours, or until both dogs are exhausted and at least one is seriously injured or dead.
About 20,000 dogs are killed each year, most of the time they die from disease from cuts or die during the fight. If they are severely injured in the fight they will most likely die from severe bleeding or internal bleeding .
What Happens Afterwards
The dogs who “win” are forced to fight again and again.
The winners are used to breed puppies for profit. One dog who is described as a particularly successful fighter (a dog who wins a lot of fights) generated $100,000 in stud fees in a single year.
Many of the dogs who do not fight or who have been losing fights are used as “Bait” dogs.
Bait dogs are used to warm up the fighters or are used during the training of the other dogs (see training paragraph to read what a bait dog is used for).
My opinion on dogfighting is that it is cruel and should be stopped as soon as possible. Dogs are bred and raised just to participate in this “sport” as some people call it.The truth is the animals who like/enjoy dogfighting have two legs not four, the dog owners/trainers are the ones who enjoy the cruel sport. They’re the ones who force the dogs to fight, the ones who raise them to fight. There are no such thing as a dog who is born a fighting dog, there are only dogs who have been turned into fighting dogs.
One of the reasons i am against dogfighting is the fact that my grandmother has a stafford cross and before we got him he was beaten and stabbed in order to try and make Frankie a fighting dog. They tried to make a dog that wouldn’t hurt a fly fight other dogs to the death. Now when ever my grandfather or grandmother brings in wood or buts wood in the fire, Frankie runs out of the room. Frankie still shakes ( his whole body shakes/quivers even when he is just sitting down getting patted).
He has improved a lot from when he first came to the house but he still shakes, runs away when word is being cut, brought in and being put on the fire. He has finally learn that they would never hurt him or do anything that could harm him or other, but his memory of the days when he was a puppy being abused will never leave his mind.
Dog fighting is a cruel and relentless sport which I hope gets stopped in the near future. Dogs are forced to fight each other; it should be illegal in all 195 countries of the world.
Over 20,000 domestic dogs are killed every year because of dogfighting.
Help stop dogfighting today.
if you see any signs of dog fighting follow steps below.
- Support stronger laws. Visit the ASPCA Advocacy Center to keep up to date on dog fighting legislation in your state.
- Alert the media! Your local newspaper and television station are always looking for stories, especially investigative ones—be sure to contact them about the cruelty and dangers of dog fighting.
- Call or write your local law enforcement department and let them know that investigating dog fighting cruelty should be a priority. Dog fighting is a CRIME—and the police MUST investigate these cases.
- Keep your eyes and ears open. If you suspect dog fighting in your own neighborhood, contact the police or your local animal control officer. Provide as much information as you can, such as the date and time you noticed something wrong, the address or location, and what led you to believe there was dog fighting taking place.
- Protect your pets. Dog fighters sometimes steal companion animals to use as bait dogs. Don’t let your animals outside without supervision, and make sure they have proper identification tags and are microchipped.
- Adopt a Pit Bull and let your perfect pooch be an ambassador for the breed! Be sure to read our Pit Bull adoption tips before you start your search.
- Set a good example for others. If you are already the proud parent of a Pit Bull, be sure to always show them the love and good care that they deserve. And always let others know what great companions they make!
- Volunteer! If your local shelter is facing a Pit Bull dilemma, volunteer to help keep adoptable Pit Bulls and Pit mixes mentally and physically fit by exercising them or taking them to obedience classes. You can also lead a chew-toy drive at work to collect rawhides or hard rubber playthings to keep them busy, or help create a fundraiser to support a free sterilization program for Pit Bulls in your local shelter.
- Educate others in your community about the horrors of dog fighting and start a neighborhood watch program.
- Teach your children. Do your kids have questions about dog fighting? Visit our children's website,ASPCA Kids, for information about dog fighting that's written especially for kids.
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