BBC Dogfighting Undercover Documentary Europe
Many of the practices associated with the raising and training of fighting dogs can be prosecuted separately as animal abuse or neglect. In addition, dogfighting, by its very nature, involves illegal gambling. Dogfighters often face additional charges related to drug, alcohol, and weapons violations as well as probation violations. Arguments over dogfights have also resulted in incidents that have led to charges of assault and even homicide. Other charges might include conspiracy, corruption of minors, money laundering, etc.
Dangerous dogs and dogfighting plague countries .
I have read several articles in our local paper about people witnessing a dog fight and wanting to stop the dog fight but did not know how to stop a dog fight. I am impulsive when it comes to these things and it caused me to ask what is the best thing to do when witnessing a dog fight? Is there a way to break up a dog fight? Should I try to stop a dog fight? I love animals and react without thinking about my safety and have stepped in before when I have seen a dog fight - fortunately I did not get hurt. What is your suggestion for what to do when confronted by dog fighting?
What is dogfighting?
Dogfighting is a sadistic "contest" in which two dogs—specifically bred, conditioned, and trained to fight—are placed in a pit (generally a small arena enclosed by plywood walls) to fight each other for the spectators' entertainment and gambling.
to the Animal Welfare Act in 1976 helped propel stricter laws (and to
push dog fighting underground where it unfortunately still flourishes). It
was eventually outlawed as a felony all across America. Statistics from animal shelters give another indicator of the rise in dogfighting, Goodwin said. Fifteen years ago, 2 to 3 percent of the coming into animal shelters were pit bulls; now, he said, pit bulls make up about a third. At one shelter in Jersey City, New Jersey, Goodwin said, the figure is 65 percent, with 20 percent of them showing the scars that indicate they have been fighting dogs. (CNN) -- An estimated 40,000 people in the United States are involved in professional dogfighting, an illegal blood sport with fight purses as high as $100,000. Dogfighting is illegal in all 50 states. It's a misdemeanor in Idaho and Wyoming, and a felony everywhere else. But in some states where dogfighting is a felony, it's still perfectly legal to own a fighting dog or be a spectator at a dogfight. When facing an oncoming aggressive dog, you mightshout "NO!" to repel him. If the dog continues toapproach, drastic measures may be needed. Katzsuggests owners carry a stun gun, which they shouldaim into the air, not at the dog. The stun gun hitssound frequencies that dogs hear, which can stop a dogfrom fighting. Another technique is to spray cayennepepper at the dog's nose and eyes (however, pepper spray can causeinjury and further anger an aggressive dog). King prefers aharmless citronella spray repellent called DirectStop. Despite the laws, dogfighting is big business. Goodwin said it's impossible to estimate the amount of money involved, but the purse for a top-level professional fight could be $100,000. A bill signed by President Bush in May made the federal law against dogfighting tougher, by strengthening penalties to felony level. The law bans interstate commerce, import and export related to animal fighting activities. Violators can now be sentenced to three years in jail and a $250,000 fine. Previously the maximum sentence was a year in jail.
(Dog Exploitation - Dog Fighting - 02) Do what ever you can to end the so-called sport of dog fighting. See the information at the top of the right column.
| | "There are about a dozen underground dogfighting magazines, and about half a dozen ... registries that are exclusively used by either dogfighters or people that are fighting dog enthusiasts," Goodwin said. "You have an organized infrastructure for what is a criminal industry." Putting a dog in the ring to fight is not the only conduct these laws punish. Most dog fighting laws make it illegal to watch, bet on, or train dogs for dog fights. New York's statute is typical. It makes it a felony, punishable by up to four years in prison, a fine of up to $25,000, or both, to:Organized dog fighting is now a felony in almost all states. Federal law also punishes dog fighting, if the dog was moved across state lines to fight, with a year in prison and fines up to $5,000. (7 U.S.C. § 2156.) Despite the stiffening of these laws, dog fights continue. And it's not just amateurs enjoying an ancient "sport," as shown by the well-publicized case of Atlanta Falcons star quarterback Michael Vick. Vick pleaded guilty to felony charges stemming from a well-financed, large dogfighting operation run from property he owned, and went to prison. (Many of the dogs, to the surprise of almost everyone, have been rehabilitated and placed with families. See ".")Study the color drawings to the left. They were painted by noted authorities on bull baiting, dog fighting and cock fights from the early 1800s. These two artists painted many, many pictures of baitings, badger hunting, bear baiting and dog fights. Without exception, they always represented the bulldogs as those you see: long, straight legs, agile body, nothing overdone about it, full straight tail, in size about 40 to 60 pounds, deep, full muzzles giving a strong bite. There are no short, deformed noses. There are no bowed legs and fiddle fronts. No weak, wide shoulders. No short tail, no wrinkles on the head.