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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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KellyQ

Fighting dog fighting is a multi-faceted problem. It doesn't start and stop with the dog fighters, spectators, legislation, or enforcement. It also depends on prosecutors doing their jobs and supporting the efforts of legislators and enforcement officers in putting dog fighters and spectators behind bars with the maximum sentences imposed!

Jolene

Politicians are sensitive to public exposure. I'm not very familiar with HSUS but they rank politicians according to how the politician votes on animal issues. Many politicians (for example, King) get a zero (absolute lowest). Maybe a bumper sticker showing the politicians rating might encourage them to raise their ranking.

Ann

The dogs arent' bad, it is the so called owners who make them "bad".

Linda Corbin

Forgot to mention shooting all those who fight dogs. I would have absolutely NO problem w/ a double barrel and a dog fighter

MJenks

Shame on all of the filthy people that fight and murder these animals.

Kristen

What is wrong with people that can watch poor innocent animals fighting with each other. These animals end up wounded and bleeding and dead. Sick people with mental issues are the only ones that can put these animals through such misery. These people that can watch these animals and put them through these horrible fights need psychological help or even time behind bars!!

Google "animal abusers" you will find the statistics that these evil doers are abusing their girlfriends, wives, kids, etc. These people are the scum of the earth and we must send a message that their behavior will NOT be tolerated! If they aren't abusers humans, that is their next step! Let's get involved and remember to always report your suspicions, you instincts are usually right on.

rosemary marano

this barbaric "sport" needs to stop NOW....have mercy on these poor creatures....this is so inhumane.

sarah

People that are capable of enjoying watching animals fight and hurt each other are capable of other serious crimes in society and pose a serious threat to society. There is no reason someone should get pleasure from these innocent animals pain unless they are mentally unstable and have issues they need to seek help for. If I ever witnessed a dog fight I'd probably be in jail for murdering everyone involved in it and saving the dogs.

Diane

Please, please stop the dog fighting. I have seen pictures of the results of some of these horrible fights and they are heartbreaking. Dogs are pets and should be treated with love and kindness--just as we would treat our children. This needs to stop.

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