Why we have to speak about National Dog Fighting Awareness Day
On April 8th awareness is spread about dog fighting. This day pulls at heartstrings and no one wishes to think about the pain that animals are forced into. We feel that the hard subjects do need to be spoken about, education is important to us all and we want you to know we are thinking about these things in the background of our growing business and always seeking ways to help more animals in need.
Who are the ASPCA?
The ASPCA’s mission, as stated by founder Henry Bergh in 1866, is “to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States.”
The ASPCA, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, was the first humane society created in North America and is now one of the largest in the world. With a deep-rooted ethos of the deserved entitlement of animals having equal kindness and respectful treatment building the foundation of their charity, the ASPCA continue to work to support and see the execution of laws to give animals safer homes.
What is Dog Fighting?
Dog fighting is described as a bloodsport. Dogs are put against each other for two to three hours and it only ends at the unfortunate point where one dog can not continue. Those who participate in this ‘sport’ are known to breed, condition and train dogs for this purpose forcing them into a dangerous and unhealthy lifestyle that they won’t see any reward from.
Is dog fighting illegal in the UK?
Dog fighting has been illegal in the UK since the 19th century. However, with the RSPCA receiving at least 1,500 reports each year, it's likely that there is a dog fight happening at least once a day. This is illegal however only 31 convictions were made between 2008 and 2014. Fighting dogs have been known to sell for over £2,500 and the ‘business’ makes an owner approximately $900,000 a year. Due to the dangerous nature of this, Pitbulls have been banned in the UK since 1991 although there are still more than 3,000 in the UK. Although dog fighting is illegal in the UK, the industry still exists at a staggering rate.
How can the public help?
We all know that dog fighting is definitely not something that should be occurring in the 21st century. However, there aren’t the dedicated funds and resources to battle those still making money from this. We can help as civilians by continuing to raise awareness and educate others that this is still happening in the UK. We also have the opportunity to learn how to look after the retired animals and animals who are rescued from these placements.
If you or anyone you know is supporting a dog through adoption who was involved in dog fighting, please get in touch as we would like to offer you the opportunity to join our adoption reward scheme so we can support your home.