Updated on April 5, 2015
Raising Awareness About Dog Fighting
Just over a week ago ten people were arrested in Elizabeth, New Jersey in conjunction with an alleged dog fighting ring. Seventeen dogs were found, most with obvious injuries, and all were living in small dirty cages. At the site investigators discovered a pellet gun, a treadmill used to develop dogs’ stamina, and a dog fighting ring stained with blood.
Such stories are commonplace in the United States, so much so that it’s easy to become numb to this horrific form of abuse. How about if, together, we try to reverse any apathy that exists about dog fighting and generate some real passion about putting an end to this blood sport!
Taking action against dog fighting
What can we do to make a difference? Here are some suggestions, and I invite you to share any additional ideas you have:
- Spread the word about National Dog Fighting Awareness Day, happening on Wednesday, April 8th.
- Learn more about dog fighting by watching “Life on a Chain,” Live link to a documentary produced by the ASPCA.
- Use the ASPCA’s “Get Tough on Dog Fighting Toolkit” to help educate others. This kit contains materials that you can post on social media. You can obtain this toolkit free of charge, thanks to the ASPCA.
- Create a neighborhood watch program and report any suspicious activities.
- Talk to your children about dog fighting so that they become the next generation of vocal advocates against this form of abuse..
- Sign an online petition asking the Department of Justice to create harsher sentencing guidelines for people convicted of dog fighting.
What will you do to help eradicate dog fighting? Provide a comment about what specific action(s) you plan to take and I will enter your name into a drawing for a special prize. Let’s all very purposefully honor National Dog Fighting Awareness Day. Together, we can make a difference.
Nancy Kay, DVM
Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine
Author of Speaking for Spot: Be the Advocate Your Dog Needs to Live a Happy, Healthy, Longer Life
Author of Your Dog’s Best Health: A Dozen Reasonable Things to Expect From Your Vet
Recipient, Leo K. Bustad Companion Animal Veterinarian of the Year Award
Recipient, American Animal Hospital Association Animal Welfare and Humane Ethics Award
Recipient, Dog Writers Association of America Award for Best Blog
Recipient, Eukanuba Canine Health Award
Recipient, AKC Club Publication Excellence Award
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