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Three Ways to Stop Dog Fighting that Take Three Minutes

Thursday, February 21, 2013 - 12:45pm
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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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Allan Yorkowitz

Harsher criminal sentences would be a start.

Cynthia Smith

Our government lawmakers and local police need to work together to crack down on any and all people who abuse animals. Animal fighting of any kind should have a zero tolarance law. Automatic jail time , no early release for good behavior.

Sandra Hauss

It is about time all animal abusers serve jail time and are forced to do community service. It is disgraceful to let them go back to their lives with no repercussions. Animal abuse is too disgusting to dignify. It is time to put a legally enforced stop to it.

Dog Lover

Fighting any kind of dogs is beyond wrong!! They don't have a voice to say NO!! But we do have voices!! We all need to stand up for these dogs! We need to make it to where if someone is caught dog fighting or even caught at a dog fight, they should be punished to the FULLEST EXTENT of the law!! No more of this "slap on the wrist" stuff!! Dogs are just furry little people!! They need our help!!!!

Lisa Quin

This Act is long long long overdue! Dog fighting, cock fighting and whatever else people might decide to fight in the future needs to stop! If they get charged with a federal offense maybe it will knock some sense into them and they will stop doing this to these animals. I truly truly hope this bill passes, and I have emailed my Congressman and I will be sure to follow this story.

Connie

I think that the main animal organizations which have mikkions of dollars should have a public campaign and offer $10,00 to anyone who turns in a dog fighting ring that actually goes to trial and is convicted and the dogs released to rescue. That will be the way to get to the people who can lead us to the criminals and the locations of the fighter. Money talks and it will talk to people in the know. It is a worthwhile way to spend the money that animal lovers donate to really help dogs.

Annette

To all the people that are involved in dog fighting you disgust me and all the other people out there that would agree with me if you are caught doing this u should be thrown in the slammer and get the same treatment as you gave those dogs. Theses dogs can not talk or tell u what's wrong but when u look into there eyes you would know there is something wrong and they are looking at you tell you they need H E L P so if you see any animal being miss treated please look into it you will be saving there lives!!!!!!!

kaathy

I say put all the people who are responsible in dog fighting and ship them over to the middle east and fight them

caryn Murphy

This is wrong! People who get a thrill off of animals fighing are serial killers budding. I can't see how anyone can get a thrill over this. Just because they can't talk to you doesn't man they have no feelings. All my pets are family they're treated like my kids

Eleise Myers

Please stop the do fighting

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