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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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Victoria Kallich

why don't we get about 10 of these dogs in the ring with one of these evil people and let them take their revenge!

Michael N. Gullian

So bad, don!t know how people could watch this. They must be sick and should be put away.

Sherry

If spectators stop attending because of possible jail time the sport could not support itself & become unprofitable. As long as adults take children to this horrific sport new generations of spectators will keep tdof fighting alive & well funded.

Tatiana

Who is this dog? Looks like mine, I just rescue him from Hawaii shelter! Is this puppy fine?

Pat

Dog fighting needs to stop now! Those who promote or attend such things don't deserve to live. Pitties get a bad wrap. Dogs are not born mean, it is what humans do to them. I volunteer at our local dog shelter and we have alot of sweet Pit Bulls and similar breeds that are very sweet and just need a loving home with people who are familiar with the burly breeds.

Vivianbe

We need stricter laws to stop dog fighting. Dog fighting is cruel and those who support dog fighting should be punished.

Kelsie fernandes

Anyone who fights dog is a soulless human. They deserve a special spot in hell and for those who can help and do nothing about it, they deserve to sit next to them.

Hannah

I'm anti-dogfight, but no way am I going to stop educating people on the dangers of owning pitbulls. They were bred to fight (in a pit, hence the name, pit bull.) The dogs lack the instinct to submit, and they should not be pets, period. Google "dog bit" in images and you can see that bites from other dog breeds are nothing compared to ones by pits, which are most likely to end in fatality and disfigurement. Rescued togs are like owning a loose cannon. Do not do it. The facts are out there. It's not worth the risk. The dog attacks silently and in many cases there was no hint of a problem beforehand. On occasion it IS the owner ignoring a dog being aggressive, thinking love will change things. It won't. Keep in mind it is just as likely for a pit with no previous signs of aggression to attack, and because of their special breeding, they release a hormone which is similar to oxytocin when they feel pain. They are, by selective breeding, masochistic.

Belinda Rivera

So sad. This needs to stop now.

Crystal

It's time to stop ignoring this cruel and sick behavior. The way things stand now, the "rewards" to these sick individuals who not only sponsor, but attend these activities outweigh the consequences of getting caught that there is no deterrent from doing it. These are the kind of people who have no social conscience or respect for life and what kind of message does that send when we don't take SERIOUS action. There shouldn't be so much as a second thought when it comes to passing some kind of legislation that demands serious punishment for such heinious acts. One doesn't even have to be an animal lover to agree that this is wrong on so many levels. Let's get it together!!

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