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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Anna Cruikshank

Dog fighting is cruel and inhumane. Dogs feel fear and pain too

thomas moore

Dog fighting is so felony wrong.


Please give hard prison time to the ones responsible fro dog fight

anthony chiaro

The time to stop,forever,this disgusting behavior is long over due.

Diane Ostrander

Our lawmakers need to make this crime a felony.
They need to make ALL cruelty to animals a felony.


stop this !! let them fight themselves - not these poor animals that hav no choice - it's beyond cruel and inhuman - STOP IT !!!!!!!!


The consecuenses are not enough. Until this criminals know that they will end in jail for at least ten years, they are going to continue with this crime. CHANGE THE LAW but finish with this mental retarded torture!!!!

Lynn J

All dogs and all animals need to be treated with love, kindness, proper care and dignity same as human beings.

Joan Hoffman

This must stop. We are these animals voices. The punishment that
Micheal Vick paid, should apply to ones promoting these fights
and the crowds that come to watch. They all should pay heavy fines, do jail time and do community service for animal shelters
taking care of animals that were used in these terrible games.


Law makers must make animal all fighting as well animal abuse a felony making the 1st offense an automatic 10 year prison term. If the punishment is unavoidable people will not risk it. We must stop being so soft on people that have little value in the world.