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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I'm seven years old and I'm wondering if you can help me on my report in school. So just tell me how animal rescue teams work and bye!


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Lori Beston

There is a facebook page called apbt gamedogs. They advertise bait dogs and talk about the dogs in fighting situations. I have reported the page, but I was hoping someone could investigate


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bailie osborn

this makes me sick to the core how could anyone get any thrill from two or more poor helpless dogs fighting til the death of one or dieing waiting for the next fight because of neglect i with no regret will say that i hate you if u are attending or hosting a dog fight you r a disgracegul human being with no respect for other life no matter what the body may be u shoul be ashamed of yourself if it were up to me i would sentence u to the most cruel sentence possible i wish more people would get invold in helping rather than sitting back and doing nothing or being involved in them im only 14 and i want to help with everything i can with this i can only pray to god to save those poor animals in need and do everything i can to help so will u all please pray with me for the end of animal cruelty?


i like how the aspca takw care of the animals and save their life


my aunt hears dog fighting in her area and has called the aspca and the pound and they do not do anything about this. she has animals being hurt there and reports to both and they still do nothing about it. i was trying to find a way to report it online to see if someone can do something about her local aspca not doing their jobs and helping the animals like they say they do. what am i suppose to do cause there is no where to report problems with people not doing their jobs. i have donated a lot of money every year and yet can not seem to get help for these babies.

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I discovered a dog fighting website (see below). I am contacting the ASPCA on this site to see how we can stop it. I hope you do too. Below is an example of a dog that was sent over to China to fight but you can see how many kennels breed for dog fighting.


My theory is, "shoot the human and put the dog out of its misery" in reference to dog fighting.