National Dog Fighting Awareness Day
The ASPCA urges – “We need your help to confront one of the most heinous forms of animal abuse—dog fighting. Dogs often spend their lives chained or caged in isolation until they are thrown in a pit and forced to fight. Then, it’s kill or be killed. While dogfighting is illegal in every state, there are still tens of thousands of dogs forced to train, fight, and suffer every year. But together, we can break the chain of violence—and free dogs from lives of abuse.”
Break The Chain
The ASPCA partnered with iconic actor, Sir Patrick Stewart, to “raise awareness on the prevalence of dogfighting in the U.S. and encourage animal lovers nationwide to take action against one of the most brutal forms of animal cruelty.”
In April, in honor of National Dog Fighting Awareness Day, Stewart visited the ASPCA’s Canine Annex for Rehabilitation and Enrichment (CARE) to visit with former fighting dogs, including a special cutie named Orson.
As Sir Patrick says in the video, “Dogs are born to enjoy walks in the park, play with toys and receive belly rubs – but not fight.” He shared a photo of himself with Orson, encouraging fans to #breakthechain against dogfighting and consider adopting a rescue dog.
The Criminal, Underground World of Dog fighting.
Dog fighting is a type of blood sport in which dogs are forced to fight one another for the entertainment and/or profit of spectators. Dogfighting is one of the most heinous forms of animal cruelty. Dogs used for fighting are typically raised in isolation, so they spend most of their lives on short, heavy chains. They are regularly conditioned for fighting through the use of drugs, including anabolic steroids to enhance muscle mass and encourage aggressiveness. Dogfighting victims may have their ears cropped and tails docked close to their bodies to minimize the animal’s normal body language cues and to limit areas that another dog can grab during a fight. Fighters usually perform this cropping/docking themselves using crude and inhumane techniques. You can learn more about The Criminal, Underground World of Dogfighting.
Ending the cruel practice of dog fighting is not Stewart’s only dog-related crusade. He has also backed a petition demanding the repeal of the UK’s Dangerous Dogs Act. Last year, Stewart and his wife, Sunny Ozell announced that the act prevented them from transporting their foster Pit Bull, Ginger, to their home in the English countryside.
“It is essential that the Dangerous Dogs Act of 1991 be re-examined,” Stewart said. “Caring, good-natured creatures are being denied homes and their owners and potential owners deprived of a healthy and loving partnership.”
Sign The Petition
Want to help? You can sign the petition here to Break the Chain.
from – ASPCA