Today is National Dog Fighting Awareness Day. The Lazy Pit Bull is partnering with the ASPCA to spread the word about this disgusting “sport”, and to encourage you to get involved and help put an end to this terrible form of animal cruelty.
In the city, the suburbs, and even in rural areas, dog fighting rings exist and every single day, this vicious and despicable form of cruelty is taking place.
And it’s not just the unimaginable mistreatment of these dogs that should horrify you – it’s all the other illegal activities that go along with dog fighting. By its very nature, involves illegal gambling. Additionally, dog fighters are frequently charged with offenses such as money laundering, illegal drugs and alcohol, weapons violations, and even assault and homicide.
Now tell me – is this the kind of activity you want going on in your neighborhood? Of course you don’t, but you might wonder what you can do to stop it.
The first step is to speak up. Alert the authorities to any suspicious activity, even if you’re not entirely sure it involves dog fighting. The first step to stopping it is identifying it.
The ASPCA wants to provide you with information about dog fighting and ways you can help stop it. Tonight they’re hosting a Google+ Hangout from 7 to 8pm ET, and they’d love for you to join them to learn more.
You might also want to visit the ASPCA website to check out a never-before-seen documentary film that includes undercover footage of dog fights and ASPCA rescue activity at dog fighting busts.
There’s also a “virtual museum” photo gallery of dog fighting and training paraphernalia that will shock you. I saw these items in person last year when I attended an invitation-only event at the National Museum of Crime & Punishment as a guest of the ASPCA. Seeing those items really brings into sharp clarity the reality of dog fighting and the horrors that fighting dogs are subjected to.
The photos included in this post were taken from the ASPCA’s website. These dogs are all victims of dog fighting. They are not bad dogs. They are victims of a terrible crime that happens, in part, out of their eagerness to please and love for their owners. It’s the worst kind of betrayal, being so horrifically used by someone you trust.
Please join us tonight for the Google+ Hangout and visit the ASPCA’s site to learn how you can put an end to dog fighting.