We received an email on this very important issue and thought we should share some information into the scary world of dog fighting. We thought it was a great way to educate ourselves and our readers. The Humane society and ASPCA are fighting everyday to put an end to dog fighting and to urge our legislation to put forth harsher laws and penalties for those who are not only operating these horrific fights but also for those just spectating. They have seen a decline in the large-scale dog fighting operations in the last decade, but there has been an increase in urban areas, neighborhoods and underground dog fights.
The Humane Society of the United States is urging us to help close the gap in federal law to increase the penalties of animal fighting spectators. This includes all animals, hog-dog fighting and cockfighting. The spectators are the ones that are funding this horrible act. If there were no spectators, there would be no fights. It will only take a few minutes of your time to make a difference. They are just asking us to make a quick phone call to your U.S. Senator and U.S. Representative to urge co-sponsorship. Please click on this LINK and see just how easy it is.
The chart below is a ranking of state dog fighting laws. It’s interesting to find out how your state stands on this issue.
The main reason people get involved in dog fighting is, of course, greed. Major dog fight raids have resulted in seizures of large amounts of money so you can imagine that there is nothing good about this environment and often involves other crimes including drug, alcohol and weapons violations as well as probation violations, corruption of minors and money laundering. Not to mention, arguments over dog fights have also resulted in incidents that have led to charges of assault and even homicide. THIS IS A PROBLEM!
Below is a picture of Stallone. This is the face of dog fighting! Click on his picture to see a video of his story put together by the Humane Society. It’s graphic and heartbreaking but it’s important to know what’s going on.
Dogs who fight usually have their ears and tails clipped so that there is less for another dog to hold onto. This is done by the owner, not by a Veterinarian. Dogs rarely get proper medical attention and suffer injuries including puncture wounds, lacerations, blood loss, crushing injuries and broken bones. Although fights are not usually to the death, many dogs die from their injuries later.
The losing dog is often discarded with no treatment for their injuries or killed. If the losing dog has been an embarrassment to the reputation or status of its owner, it may be executed in a particularly brutal fashion as part of the “entertainment.”
Ok, now that we are officially depressed…have a great Friday! Please help with this issue, even if it’s just passing it along via Facebook or Twitter. Have you done any good today? Thanks for your help. Have a happy weekend!! K&A
How can you deny that face??