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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Belinda Rivera

So sad. This needs to stop now.


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!!


What kind of person enjoys watching something like this? They would have to be uneducated, a coward, and a menace to society for starters. It's cruel and barbaric and must be stopped. If we hope to remain a civilized society, we need to remove the people that participate in this heinous crime and put them where they should be, IN JAIL!!!

Ms Lee Borbas

Dog fighting needs to stop. These dogs are tortured to death in a cruel manner. The underlying practices need to stop; no living creature deserves such harsh cruelty and to be exploited by vicious men.


One of the comments says, "If the people who are supposed to serve an protect can't do their job right, we should show them how it's done." Animal rescuers do as much as they can. but they cannot always save a helpless animal. They're only humans. It is not their fault if noody reports this crime happening. How are they supposed to know? If more people were active and contributed instead of depending solely on animal rescuers, there would be less tortured animals around the world. We can't save every single animal, but with more action, we could save a lot more than we think.

evelyn centeno

dog fighters are very disturbed and sick people , yes, scum of the earth!


Suffolk county SPCA needs to get their ass's into North Bellport, There are pitbull fights going on every day, they are making $1,000's off of these dogs. We have picked up bait dogs running scared in that area and no one is doing anything to stop it. Someone needs to do something to save these dogs and SPCA has not done anything in that area.

Henry P

Punishments for those that promote and support dog fighting should be increased considerably. They really need to be in the position where they have to think twice before they contemplate such a despicable and backward action.




I think pitt bulls have the right to live but the people that think they are for fighting just down the road from me there is a pitt that is barely given food and does not have any human contact the dog is a good dog but if no one is going to take care of it they need to find a new home for it.