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Many people end up at
UnchainYourDog.org looking for information on dogfighting. Some Americans have glorified pit bull fighting.
Russell Simmons (see
Jason Taylor, boxing champions
Lamon Brewster and
Sugar Mosley that Cruel's Not Cool.
It is NOT a dog's
nature to fight for no reason. In the wild, wolves or dogs may fight
over territory. Dgs don't fight just for fun!
Dogs are social animals who - in the wild - hunt together, sleep
together, and play together. It is a dog's nature to respect the pack
leader and get along with the rest of the pack. Not to fight.
If you think dogfighting is cool: Do you think it's cool when children are abused?
Does it make you happy to hear about a kid who
was beaten by his dad?
Why do you think it's cool to
torture and abuse other living creatures?
Examine why you think animal cruelty is fun or
Dogs are not the same as humans. But dogs do feel
physical pain. Just because a dog can't say "That hurts!" doesn't mean
they don't feel pain.
Dogs suffer loneliness when left
chained out by themselves. That's why they howl and bark--to try and get
some attention. If an ignored dog stops howling, it's because he's given
Your dog would rather be in the park fetching toys for you, or
running around the yard playing with another dog, than being trained to
fight. Just like a child would rather play with friends than be
Have a heart and
treat other living and feeling creatures the way you want to be treated:
with respect and kindness.
So much cruelty is involved in
dogfighting. Dogs are tortured and killed during training and fights. Kittens and
puppies are used as "bait". Illegal drugs and
weapons are common. Fighting dogs usually live on chains
their whole lives.
Dog fighting is a felony, so report it to the police and
get a $5,000 reward! You don't have to
leave your name. To prosecute, police need to catch a fight
while it's going on, find evidence of dogfighting, or get eyewitness
accounts. If you hear about an upcoming fight, can provide
an eyewitness account, or know where there is evidence (treadmills,
injured dogs. etc.) -- please report it!
To learn more about the
extreme cruelty of pit bull fighting and to how to stop it, visit:
of the US Campaign to End Dogfighting - HSUS offers tons of
(select "fighting and cruelty" channel), and has created a
campaign you can bring to your city to end dogfighting.
The site also has
PSAs you can order to play in your community.
worked with Michael Vick to educate kids about the cruelty of
Bulls on the Web
Chance for Animals
Animal Legal and Historical Center
Unexpected Pit Bull
I don't understand how seemingly normal people can watch dogs being
tortured and killed and find it fun or even funny. Maybe they believe
that dogs enjoy fighting (untrue) and don't feel pain (untrue)? Maybe -
like those who abuse women and children - they feel a sense of power
from hurting others. Maybe they just don't respect life in any form -
animal or human. Our society needs to change minds that dogfighting is
not only uncool - it's horrible and needs to stop.
Guard Dog, from Patrick McDonnell's wonderful comic strip Mutts.
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