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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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Carmen Clark

There needs to be stricter and stiffer sentences for these people. a guy who punches a dog because he is whining because he hurts from arthritis got only 42 days in jail. Dogs and cats are loyal, loving and defend and protect you. noone should hurt any living thing especially for sport. neighbors need to be on watch and should turn them in if they suspect it without any backlash,if they dont then they need to be accountable for it. we need to educate all children that this illegal and how animals should be treated and how they shouldnt be treated. any game that might be sold should never have the violence of any kind in it.

personally i feel if anyone who do these acts need to be slapped in prison, chained to a cement floor and wear shirts with their crime on their outfits with a picture of a bait puppy they abused.. shame on you

Amy Kennedy

There is no excuse for this to happen. Like others, I say why don't law enforcement 'leak' some addresses or names involved with this nighmare and people like me (and I'm sure many of you)would be more than willing to 'take care' of it. I am a fan of the ol' eye for an eye. If these people were treated like the animals then fought like them maybe the world would realize how horrific a 'sport' it is. I would LOVE to have access to some names and addresses of people in my area. I guarentee the fighting world would see some action-and I don't mean with animals!

Andrea Beyer

THANK YOU ASPCA for telling people HOW they can get involved to stop this HORRIBLE activity. It is so overdue and EVERY individual needs to get involved. That is the only way we can fight this. IF you love on your dog every day, why not care about so many that have no choice but a horrible life of ultimate death.

Carla Meyer

These animals have a right to live as well and these human animals that use these dogs like this should be put in jail.
In the mean time, do everything you can to make it damn hard for these human-animals to put on this dog fighting. Tell the police
where it is at. Id any persons who are in these dog fighting games, and get real tough on those who are doing it. For example,
five to ten years for every dog that is hurt and killed by these
games and I mean in jail.

Estelle

As long as we have ignorant heartless men in our Government such as Representatives King who fights to let children attend dog fights we have a major problem. Everyone knows low life, drug users sickening people attend these so called events and bring their children. Need I say more. Why aren't the laws against animal cruelty being enforced. Perhaps if we punished people who broke these laws they might think twice but either way we must get tougher and break these up. Support legitimate Pit Bull Rescue groups, we need to take them all in to protect them. Our Pit Bully Mr. B alias Samson is the most wonderful loyal, brave creature you ever want to meet.

carol

pit bulls make great pets. my friend has a pit bull that is the most kindest, friendielist, most affectionate animal you could ever want. people who harm these animals should be punished severly. they are the most pathetic and noncaring people in the world. they need professional help.

Mary

If it were legal shoot all animal violators. It wouldn't take long to stop animal violations of all sorts.

Sonia

These people who do this have no heart. They deserve to be locked up. Because they are involved for profits. They should be investigated by the IRS. Some time ago, I read where one operator was also involved with drugs. Animal Cruelty, Illegal gambling, undeclared income, not to mention possible theft of local pets for bait. Then it comes to the spectators, they are the "bread and butter" for these sickos. They should be heavily fined, say $500.00 for attending and given a sanction, "family court", if they bring a child. Children should never be exposed to such horror. If they persist, they will be building record of violations. Just my thoughts. We must do all we can to end this barberism.

Linda L

I USED TO THINK, take these people,put them in a cage, force them to live the lives/deaths that these poor helpless animals have gone through. How about rehabilitating these people? After all if we don't show them the proper care & respect how will they ever learn? AFTER serving time IN PRISON , there should be MANDATORY SUPERVISED community service to volunteer at animal shelters.

JENN

Video of a former game dog from Georgia...Happy Go lucky guy who came from a life of hell to a forever home in San Diego, CA.

https://vimeo.com/27030594

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