Every day millions of beings are born into this world. Some walk on two legs, others are furry, but they all have one thing in common: they want to live peacefully. No one is born into this world with a desire to kill from Day One. Some may learn over time that to survive in the wild they have to kill for food, but certainly no animal comes into this planet with a desire to inflict harm on others simply for the sake of it. Dogs, for example, are usually affectionate animals who love to play and run around. They aren’t innately aggressive or cruel, and they definitely don’t get into all-out brawls with other dogs out of nowhere. That is unless, a dog has been trained to do so.

Today, hundreds of innocent dogs, mostly of the Pit Bull variety, are subjected to being beaten, neglected, and even starved, all to be trained for dogfighting. Due to this cruel practice, Pit Bulls have had their once favorable reputation completely tarnished and replaced with negative stereotypes that paint them as aggressive and violent.

Thankfully, more people are becoming aware of this issue and how widespread it actually is and are starting to take concrete steps in ending it. The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and several federal judicial districts, for example, have recently teamed up for a coordinated effort to combat organized dogfighting in the U.S. Just this week, they were able to charge nine individuals in a multi-state dogfighting ring and save 66 dogs! On the defendants’ properties, federal officials found dogs stacked in crates, dog treadmills, poles used to increase jaw strength and aggression, as well as surgical equipment for when the dogs got injured while fighting. Those charged hailed from New Jersey, Indiana, Illinois, and New Mexico and will be facing felony violations of the federal Animal Welfare Act.

Chris Schindler, director of animal crimes for HSUS, said: “These dogs are finally free from their lives inside dark crates or at the end of heavy chains. Most importantly, they will never again have to fight to the death. We are incredibly encouraged by the federal government’s dedication to this case and to eradicating dogfighting nationwide. We are grateful to all the agencies involved that made these rescues possible.”

We could not be happier that these dogs will never have to fight another cruel fight ever again. It’s obvious that this vicious blood sport will only come to an end when the government steps in and does it’s part, as it has done in this case.

How You Can Help

  • Familiarize yourself with the issue.
  • Identify the signs of dog fighting – take note if you see any of the same materials that were used by the defendants in this case.
  • Report dogfighting.
  • Sign petitions.
  • Share this article to spread awareness!

With a little effort, we can all help bring an end dogfighting. After all, these dogs didn’t choose this life, and they certainly weren’t born this way.

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