Animal Cruelty blog
What is dog fighting? Dog fighting is a type of “sport” (I use the term sport lightly, because it is illegal to fight dogs against each other). Generally dog fights containing two opposing game dogs. They usually are fought against one another in a fighting ring or a pit for the amusement of the spectators and/or gamblers. They also may be for the gratification and/or entertainment of the owners of the dogs. The people that set up the dog fights or own these dogs are normally called dogfighters, but are sometimes referred to as dogmen.
The origin of dogfighting as a “sport” can be traced back to when the Romans invaded Britain in 43 A.D. Both the Romans and the British brought dogs trained for fighting to the battlefield. Even after the Romans ended up winning the war, the British still entertained the Romans with the violence of their dogs. After this emerged a canine market. The Romans began to buy British fighting dogs for use in the war and also for entertainment. In Rome’s Colosseum, big audiences would gather to watch fighting dogs put against other animals. The dogs that were imported to Rome where cross bred with Roman fighting dogs and were then exported to France, Spain and other parts of Europe.
Dogs that are forced into dog fighting are usually chained up, teased, and starved in order to promote extreme survival instincts of the dog. This usually sends the dog into a state of defence/aggression to stay alive. To “train” the dogs for these fights, breeders force them to tread in pools of water, run on treadmills while a smaller animal (usually given to the dogs as a reward after training) is placed in a cage in front of them for encouragement, and forced to hang onto a piece of meat with their jaws while being dangled in the air. Most breeders usually inject the dogs with steroids to make them better than other dogs, but some go to extremes by sharpening the dog's teeth, cutting off their ears (to prevent their opponent from being able to latch on), some even add bug poisoning to their food so that their fur will taste bad to other dogs.
This bothers me particularly, because I think dogs are animals who need and deserve love, attention, and exercise, so they can learn companionship and be guardians to humans. The dogs who survive dog fighting hardly ever make good companions. This is because breeders usually mate relatives to try and pass on the traits of dogs who are aggressive and who also have special instincts and training that motivate them to kill other animals. Also I feel like because dog fighters use specific breeds, it gives that breed a bad reputation. A great example of this would be Pit Bulls and Rottweilers, a lot of people think that these two breeds are bad, because they were originally breed to be fighting dogs. Both breeds, in my opinion, have the potential to be very gentle animals if raised by the right owner and treated with respect, love, praise, etc. that all animals need.
9/5/2016 - Blog Post 1