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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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.


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.

"Saving Slim"

Susan Mcmahon

My heart goes out to those poor dogs, How can these people sleep at night dont they have any souls? I wish somebody beat them up on a dailey basis. let them see how it feels.


People who are cruel to animals are five times more likely than others to be involved in abuse of other people.

Diana b

Dogs were not given to us to give them a slow painful death, all for money. That is called "greed", one of the 10 sins. So, stop destroying God's gift to us. Get a job.

Blanca arias

Stop this crime and punishthe guilty people

Blanca arias

Stop this crime and punishthe guilty people

Debbie Persi

I pray that these sick people come to thier senses or they get eaten alive by one of these dogs.

Edward Peterson

I feel that the punishment should fit teh crime. Most bleeding hearts don't agree with me on this, but I have what seems to me to be a fitting punishment for those who engage in dog fighting. Wrap bacon around the genitals of the subject, put him in an arena with a pack of hungry dogs, then video tape the results for youtube. We can even raise money for animal welfare by charging admission to the arena. And since Michael Vick was not properly punished for his crimes, we can start with him.

Rosa Sparks

3 years ago my daughter found 4 3 week old pit puppies as she took them to the pund they informed her they would kill them so she brought them home long story short i took the runt he has a over bite and was full of worms and would not eat i named him lockjaw and today he is the biggest scardy cati have ever seen! the other day the broom fell and he about fell over trying to get away lol my point is (IT IS THE OWNERS HERE THAT SHOULD BE CAGED)NOT THE DOGS!!!!! we also rescued 2 dogs from katrina a boxer mixed and an american bull dog (who the original owners tried to make him a fighter)he also is a big baby. We as humans need to stop this abuse it takes a man to stand up and a coward to beat