CRUELTY-FREE 101: DOG FIGHTING


Dog Fighting or any type of animal fighting is probably the most disgusting thing I can think of for Animal Cruelty. People who actually gamble on two dogs fighting (pretty much always, to the death). I can't understand how people promote and enjoy seeing living creatures hurting and killing each other. 


I am not here to write about how people shouldn't support this industry because it's bloody evil, pretty underground plus it's illegal. Nor am I here to explain what happens in dog fighting, the name should be enough to let out sirens in a person's head that it's not a good thing. I am here to help others who have pets and how to protect them from getting taken for this "game". Recently in Melbourne there have been reports of dogs being abducted from their homes, for dog fights so it is obviously still active and people need to be more cautious. 

When I was little my dad had a factory dog (I don't know how I feel about factory dogs, I don't particularly like the fact they guard a property and are at risk of being taken or injured). But it wasn't a Pitbull type dog, it was a Husky type dog and it was massive. One night someone broke open the wired fence and took her and I was devo. All I can wish is they took her as a pet and not a dog to fight. 

P.S I really recommend NOT looking up dog fights on google. If you do, don't go into Images. If you're like me, you'll cry.

TIPS TO PROTECT DOGS: 
  • All dogs are targets. I don't want to get into specifics just don't think your little dog or big labrador is fine because they don't fit the stereotyped "fight dog". Although legal dogs such as American Staffies or any other Bull Terriers are preferred, some people don't give a shit what breed it is. So please keep your dogs inside at night or have a secure backyard people can't get into.
  • Don't leave your dog outside the shops or anywhere tied up alone. People can easily take them without anyone really questioning it. 
  • Found on an article: "scouts have been marking houses and fences with chalk to alert the dog thieves where pets are living when they come by later."
  • Seems abit over the top but - maybe have a security camera where your pets usually hang out. 
  • See any suspicious behavior - always call the police. 

HOW TO SPOT DOG FIGHTING IN YOUR COMMUNITY: 
  • An inordinate number of pit bull-type dogs being kept in one location, especially multiple dogs who are chained and seem unsocialized
  • Dogs with scars on their faces, front legs, and stifle area (hind end and thighs)
  • Dogfighting training equipment such as treadmills used to build dogs' endurance, "break sticks" used to pry apart the jaws of dogs locked in battle, tires or "springpoles" (usually a large spring with rope attached to either end) hanging from tree limbs, or unusual foot traffic coming and going from a location at odd hours.
  • Sometimes these fights are done in factory locations, not where people will be living. 
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