Three Ways to Stop Dog Fighting that Take Three Minutes

Thursday, February 21, 2013 - 12:45pm
brown and white pit bull puppy behind bars

Dog fighting is a huge problem, and sometimes it can seem that you can’t do much to help as an individual. But there are a few things you can do to stop it now, and we really need your help.

Why? Take it from those of us who have seen dog fighting compounds first-hand: Life as a dog used for fighting is a nightmare.

They live chained up or in a tiny cage. They don’t get the veterinary care they need. They die in the ring or are unceremoniously shot for losing. Some are used as “bait” for other dogs. Some have litter after litter. Some starve. Some go without water for days.

Odds are that dog fighting is happening in your state right now. We need your help to stop it. Give dog fighting victims three minutes of your time?

1. Ask your U.S. representative to support the Animal Fighting Spectator Prohibition Act.

The Animal Fighting Spectator Prohibition Act, introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives on January 23, would make it a federal offense to knowingly attend an organized animal fight and would impose additional penalties for bringing children to animal fights. Violators would face up to one year in prison for attending a fight, and up to three years in prison for bringing a minor to a fight.

You can help the bill along by contacting your rep. We’ve made it easy at the ASPCA Advocacy Center, and we promise it only takes a few minutes, tops.

2. Download our new anti-dog fighting toolkit for citizen advocates.

If you’re as horrified by dog fighting as we are, and you think you might want to commit more time to stopping dog fighting in the near future, download our new toolkit developed with the U.S. Department of Justice. It’s got everything you need to know to get more involved. (We admit, actually reading it will take more than three minutes, but you get the idea.)

3. Fight Pit Bull prejudice via social media.

Pit Bulls and dogs who look like Pit Bulls get a bad rap because of their reputation as fighting dogs. Fight it by becoming a tireless advocate for them on your social networks. Start by posting the profile of a cute, adoptable Pit Bull-type dog on Facebook (we suggest Pet of the Week Champion) or sharing a happy tail about a Pit.

You can even share the story of a rehabilitated ex-fighting dog, like Ninja.

Oh, and of course, a bonus fourth thing you can do: Share this post on your social networks.

Easy, right? Together we can make a huge difference, and to the dogs who are suffering right now at the hands of fighters, it means the world.  

To learn about a few more ways to fight back against blood sports, view our 10 ways to help end dog fighting and get educated about the issue on our dog fighting page.

On behalf of the dogs, thank you!

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Dan Calgaro

Dog fighting is a horrible and despicable thing that needs to be wiped out. A dog fighting ring was recently busted in my area and I couldn't believe the horrific details that were uncovered, I'm a 58 year old man and was brought to tears. The real animals in this are the sick people that perpetuate it, the punishment for doing it or attending it should be swift & harsh.


Any 'sport' where man has the power of weapon and cruelty shows you ashamed they should be to be called MEN. Yes, even fishing and hunting where innocent animals going about their life are shot and killed and their heads hung on walls as trophies, always made me wonder where is the strength or greatnedd in men who do this. Want a sport- go find a match man-to-man and win or lose. Don't use innocent animals to entertain your spineless, loser, demented selves!

Dawn Szczerba

Please help protect those who cannot help themselves to end this cruelty !!!!

Micheal Moffat

protect life, prosecute those that seek to destroy our shared home and our fellow beings
life has value beyond measure
Peace and Love
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David Forjan

Any person involved in dogfighting, even as a spectator, should be mandated by law to undergo psychiatric evaluation, at their own expense, in addition to being incarcerated. Because anyone that condones or partakes in such a thing perpetuates more violence and cruelty in society, which makes life more dangerous for me and my dog and my family and friends and neighbors.

Antonette V Crosta

Dogs are innocent creatures and do NOT deserve to suffer at the hands of heartless idiots. Stop the fighting please

Jean Burk-Ujvary

Education is the key to stop the ignorance of any animal used in fighting as sport. Whether it be a bull, dog, birds it is a culture that is taught that fighting animals is fine and they like it. I hate the fact that humans find entertainment at the expense of an animal in pain. Unless we teach ALL children that hurting animals and each other is wrong we will never be able to solve the problem. The change in penalties and laws can go a long way as a start I hope our politicians will pay attention.

Rachel Ledesma-...

I have two pits at home. One is a rehabilitated bait dog. The other is a neglected dog. Both are recovered from their previous lives. I post their pictures all the time.

Sandi Pifer

People that let their dogs fight are ignorant and obviously useless. They should be locked up. And the spectators are just as stupid. How can anyone enjoy watching dogs rip each other apart. My son has a pit bull (a big one) and he is so lovable because he's treated very well. We all love him very much.

Patti Bays

I have 2 American Pit Bull Terriers.Miracle is 9 years old and Shadow is 8 years old.I have had several pit bulls and they are the coolest!I can not imagine how any one could fight these wonderful dogs!It is very hard to catch them in their cruelty,but the penalties should be very harsh when they do!It is a little mans sport!They should be ashamed!!