When the NFL quarterback Michael Vick was charged in the involvement of dogfighting, it has provoked into a serious issue in the nation, which had brought the disgraceful act to the light. The dogfighting is an absolute “Heinous Crime” that takes place just about everywhere. Apart from dogfighting, they also involve in some cruel treatment and it sometimes referred as a “Sport”, but it is truly criminal and cruel. Moreover, it is illegal in all 50 states.
Owing to the reason of huge profit that one can gain through dog fighting, people including Michael Vick are participating and even own a dog ring. But these disgraceful crimes, not only let the people to watch for the dogs fights and there are many other gambling activities that runs before and throughout the fights. The Virginia Pilot has estimated that the dogfighting is a $500-million industry. Moreover, it supports other illegal activities like illegal weapons and drugs dealing. For these reasons and other various consequences the dogfighting is stopped.
Types of Dogfighting
The main two types of dog fighting are professional fighting and street fighting. Street fighting would be conducted mainly by gang members, hence they are less structured. They are organised to improve the status and further, the winning dogs proves the popularity of the owner. Most probably these kind of fights are held without behind planned and without real organization. Usually, these kinds of dogfights will takes place mostly in abandoned buildings, garages and alley ways. This kind of street fighting, adopts a casual form in fighting, that’s why they are so famous. Thus, according to CNN reports, nearly 100,000 people are getting involved in street fighting.
The next is Professional dogfighting, even though they are well maintained to perform underground, they are highly organized. Since, backed by criminal activities, this would exist many more activities, than just getting two dogs together in fight; but also a lot of money will be exchanged to hands. Here, some of the dogfighters would furiously write and publish the results of the latest dogfights and even some will show the chart list of their outstanding fighting dog lineages.
Some dogfighters would prefer to keep it as a part-time. But some people will make it as a full-time source for income, further they will also travel to a great extent to show off their dogs breeds. Meanwhile, they will go for outside fights apart from their local area.
How dogfighting take place?
Dogfights could occur at any venue, but in rural areas they are normally held in the forests, fields and barns. Whereas, in the urban areas, where the space has found to be a bit more limited. Hence, the garages and warehouses are found to be fit. The venue where the fight to be held, has a ring which is about 8 to 20 square feet and walls are built about two or three feet high. In general, professional dogfights would also been provided with a referee, in order to judge the fight.
Before the dogfighting, the dog’s owners are asked to weigh their dogs, to ensure the same weight group fighting. Moreover, dogs have to take bath prior to fighting, because, in case their coats may have covered with oil or poison, in order to make complication for the opposite dogs to hold on while fighting. Hence, both the fighting dogs should get washed in the same water.
In professional dogfighting, typically, the fight will begin with a call that comes from the referee. Once, the fight has been started, dog handlers allowed to shout out to their dog and they are not allowed to enter into the ring to interfere. The fight will continue until the opposite dog could no longer able to fight; refuse to fight; jumped out of the ring; sustaining with serious injury; died of injury. In a professional dogfight, the referee will often call for a “turn” where the dog would turns to their handlers, to get some water and also to taken off his lip that got stuck in their own fang teeth.
Dogfights can go on for several hours. From start to finish they are so gruesome, brutal and very cruel. Therefore, the fight mostly comes to an end only when one the dog has been killed by the opposite dog; meanwhile, handlers would often kill their dogs, when they have lost a fight. Frustrated handlers also involve in drowning, hanging, electrocution, beating a dog, shooting, burning a dog. The methods that described in the dogfighting ring were also involved by Michael Vick. Even if dog survives in a fight, due to some consequences such as blood loss, infection and dehydration, they will die. This kind of gaming activities and killings a helpless dog is a disgraceful act, also considered to be so brutal and also considered inhuman.
Out of the Ring
It has been very clear that, when a dog is used for the fighting purpose, they definitely do not have a good life. Moreover, even out of the ring, the fighting dogs are not properly treated, thus they live a very sad, terrible and a painful life. They have always kept in kennels or in pits and left alone with the blooded injury. Usually, the handlers do not interested in spending their money for the treatment of dogs to the vets and don’t want to answer the questions. Hence, they use antibiotics for their dogs, even without any real knowledge, about its dosage and uses. Or else, they will follow some kinds of cruel medical methods, including stapling of the wounds to shut.
Illegal act of dogfighting
Since, dogfighting were found to be illegal in every state, although in Idaho and Wyoming are the only states which consider it, as a misdemeanour rather than a serious felony. With the exception of Idaho, Georgia and Nevada, it has been illegal in all states to own a dog for the fighting purpose. In New York, West Virginia, Texas and Wyoming, this sort of practice have considered as a misdemeanour, but other than those states, it has been determined as a felony. While in most states it is considered illegal, even as a spectator at a dogfight. Moreover in 26 states, it is seen as a illegal misdemeanour and the other 26 states it is consider as a illegal felony. Along with the dogfights, the involvement in other cruel and brutal activity such as animal cruelty; child endangerment, while children are allowed to watch the fights or operating a kennel without the license will be charged legally.
The Humane Society says the biggest difficulty that they are facing in the dogfighting crime was the place that they are conducting; this is because, the location of the fight has been always conserved secretive. Moreover, security is often monitored and tightly controlled. Therefore, police and concerned authorities could arrest only someone, when they able to caught red handed.
Measure can take by the people
If you want to put an end to this type of disgraceful act, especially in your area one of the best thing you can do it is, to know the signs of dogfighting when you suspect for them. Some of those signs would be:
- The presence of many pit bulls dogs in one house or in a same community.
- Presence of dogfighting equipment including pits, cages, rings, weights, wooden ramps, heavy chains and treadmills.
- Abusive dog owners.
- Dogs often left with untreated injuries.
- Presence of veterinary supplies including needles, bandages and antibiotics.
- Spatters of blood found on the dog, in an area or in the suspected home.
- Literatures of dogfighting, including magazines.
- Many people and dogs are constantly visiting a same property.
If you happen to see these signs, or want to do something that you can put an end to dogfighting, here are some kind of things you can do:
- Reporting to ASPCA.
- Keep up to date about legislative matters regarding dogfighting, in your area.
- In case, if you have suspect for dogfighting in your area, just tell to the media, newspapers and television channel, who are constantly looking for interesting stories.
- Always keep your pets safe and never let your dog’s outside when unsupervised. Because, sometimes the dog fight organizer could look for other small dogs from outside of your area.
Dogfighting is a cruel and heinous crime, which entirely destroys a dog life both mentally and physically, throughout his life. Hence, it is necessarily important that everyone in the public should be aware of it; meanwhile, reporting to concerned authorities is more vital, as soon as when you suspect dogfighting. This is the only way you can help to protect the poor dogs, who cannot speak for themselves.
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