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Dog fighting facts

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Dogs fighting video & reality - Know it! Act on it!

They say that a dog is a man’s best friend. But I’m afraid that might not be so. There are people out there who are possibly at this moment, sacrificing their best friends. Dog fighting is the illegal “sport” of using two specially bred dogs to fight each other. To fully understand this situation, you must understand the history behind dog fighting, what it is now, and how you can help stop dog fighting.

Dog fighting facts: short history

The American Pit Bull Terrier and Staffordshire Bull Terrier are the most common dogs used for dog fighting. Breeding for these two types of dogs began in 1835 when England had banned bull baiting, which is a blood sport like dog fighting. In bull baiting, a bull is tied down and dogs constantly attack the bull. After the ban of this blood sport, the English people needed something else to satisfy their thirst for bloodshed. They started breeding the heavy English Bull Dogs with smaller, faster terriers and used these dogs to fight against each other (ASPCA).

Dog fighting are held in rings controlled by groups of people. These rings are special and are invitation only, which is why it’s so hard to catch the criminals (Curth). A visual of the horrors of dog fighting can be described here:


“His face is a mass of deep cuts, as are his shoulders and neck. Both of his front legs have been broken” (Gibson).

Dogs are also specially trained just to win; this includes using treadmills and chains. There is also something that dog fighters look for in a dog, gameness, the ability for the dog to continue fighting even though if the dog’s in great pain and exhaustion. Dog fighting brings in lots of money for the dog fighters, the rings themselves are gambling pits and if they have a really good dog, the dog’s pups can sell for over twenty thousand dollars.

Fights, typically last 1 to 2 hours, end only when one of the dogs does not or is unable to carry on. Besides these types of organized dogfights, there exist records associated with the surge in unorganized street fights in towns.

Dog fighting facts: things don’t happen by themselves

There is a lot that ordinary people like me and you, can do to help the dogs and help stop dog fighting. Whenever there’s suspicious activity, tell the police and you could also help adopt the hurt pit bulls that were used for fighting. One woman went the extra mile and went undercover four years ago to help investigate this (Pregulman). Many of us have heard of Michael Vick’s case and his involvement in a dog fighting ring. It seems that he’s turned a new leaf though and has spoken out against an Android dog fighting app:

"I've come to learn the hard way that dog fighting is a dead-end street," Vick said (Wixted).”

Now that you know the history, dog fighting now, and how you can help, what will you do? I’m not asking everyone to go undercover, but it would help to educated others. They say that a dog is a man’s best friend. No one wants to see their best friend fight and die.  Protect your best friend, keep him safe, and love him.

Dog fighting facts: videos

The Face of Dogfighting: One Dog's Incredible Journey

Dog Fighting Is Animal Abuse!

Ending Dogfighting in Chicago



Jun 24, 2011 9:46am
Horrible, horrible people do this to animals. Please continue your fight against dog fighting You have given it a good start. (I could not view the videos. The heartbreaking photos have me crying and praying at the same time for these poor creatures.) Thank you for your call to action article.
Jun 25, 2011 2:12pm
Thank you for reminding everyone about horrible "Dog fighting facts." As with Venetia, I could not watch the videos either. This is something that can be stopped, and we should all do whatever we can to STOP IT NOW.
Jun 25, 2011 2:14pm
Also, I am seconding the nomination for this article as a Featured Article.
Jun 25, 2011 3:46pm
Dog fighting is a terrible thing. Thanks for sharing.
Jun 26, 2011 12:29am
It is so hard to believe that people can actually watch this type of cruelty. Good article, definitely vote for feature.
Jul 5, 2011 1:22am
Congratulations for the feature. You and the animals you represent deserve it.
Jul 5, 2011 6:11am
Anything regarding animal cruelty is extremely difficult for me. Your article is well-done.
Jul 5, 2011 3:11pm
Oh my wow! That's horrible!...Your Article is very good! Congrats for the feature. :)
Jul 7, 2011 11:45pm
I'm a dog lover. Great article. Thank you for your work.
Jul 17, 2011 6:47am
Dog fighting is just sociopathic sadism hiding behind a species line. If dogs are just tools, then people aren't far behind
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