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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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Stephanie Saavedra

Please do not continue to hurt these precious angels! They are God-sent and deserve to be treated with respect! If not love!

Holly T

Cruelty to animals, means cruelty to humans.

Philipp Nouschak

never try to abuse animals again, basterds!!!

Marianne Wyller

We have a sister and brother pitbull pair and they are wonderful pets. They are loyal, loveable and so entertaining to watch. They are always so happy to see us when we come home. They are such wonderful and beautiful members of our family.

Manda Cowherd

Please take the time to be their voice, if not u, who will fight for them?

Ray

It's 2013. When will the decent people of our world finally end the rights of
Violent criminals? All violence against good people should be severely punished.
However, there should be a clear distinction between violent crimes against good people,
and violence against pure innocence. The only pure innocent life on earth
is animals and young children. Any person that brings intentional harm to
a young child or animal needs to be permanently removed from society and even
put to death, which would be my choice. We can do this people! The time is now!

Chris Hickman

I love my pits and I can't see there sweet faces fighting. The people that fight dogs should have one of there dogs latch down on an arm or a leg for a whole minute. After that throw there ass in jail!!!

Shirley

The poor gorgeous dogs don't have a choice how cruel a person can be , to put these gorgeous animals thru such torture . Put these cruel human beings in the middle and give them a taste of what they are putting there beautiful animals thru

Caitlin

I live in Australia, where we have the RSPCA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) and I was wondering if anyone knew if there were dog fights in Australia.

If you do, please reply and tell me what you found out, because I'm going to take matters into my own hands..

Adria Retos

Make dog fighting a federal offense carrying 25 yrs.imprisomment. Maybe that might make these "humans" think twice.

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