Dog Fighting – Indifference KILLS
Animals are voiceless.
They are subjected to intolerable forms of cruelty – dog fighting in my opinion being one of the worst.
I speak from experience when I say that fighting dogs experience torture so extremely that I am finding it difficult to put into words.
I was inboxed last week to do a reading on someone suspected to be involved in dog fighting. My immediate answer… Call the SPCA and the Police. To put a long story short I lost a supposed “friend” in the process and was removed from a “Spiritual Group” on Facebook.
I am not the kind of person who is a fence sitter or indifferent to abuse. I will do what I have to – to report illegal activity. To me if you don’t take action, if you don’t report issues like dog fighting, you are as bad the dog fighters themselves.
Let me add a reminder that spiritual people believe firmly in kindness; they eat; sleep; and breathe kindness. In short: they live it. Now I ask with tears in my eyes – where is the kindness in dog fighting?
WARNING: The following video contains graphic content.
Seeing that I have been removed from said “spiritual group” am I to assume that the group can be labelled as indifferent to dog fighting?
Are they really animal lovers?
Are they really spiritual?
Food for thought.
Dog fighting is linked to many other crimes one of them being dog theft; where youths patrol areas in search of the perfect “fighter”. Female dogs are used to lure to lure unsterilized male dogs to the fence to find out the sex of the dog. In many cases the dog’s coats are coloured to make them difficult to identify.
Dog fights are also not the work of a single law breaker but instead constitute a form of organised crime. It is a multi million rand industry with an intricate underground web ranging from impromptu events in a back alley with stolen dogs to a carefully planned and organised enterprise held in a location specially designed and maintained for the purpose of showcasing this brutal event. For example; empty concrete farm dams –
The participants in dog fighting are well aware they are engaged in illegal activities so they create a fraternity type of atmosphere, instilling a fear of retaliation to discourage informants and create a double life image through involvement in legitimate dog sport activities.
Dog fighting isn’t only “enjoyed” in poor communities, in fact it is quite the contrary – dog fights occur in the full spectrum of communities, from wealthy gated suburbs to the townships, and there are no exclusions to race either.
Aside from the “enjoyment” of the “sport” and status, people are also drawn to dog fighting for money. In fact, the average dog fight could easily net more money than an armed robbery, or a series of isolated drug transactions.
Dogs that are born, bought or stolen for fighting are often neglected and abused from the start. Most spend their entire lives alone on chains or in cages and only know the attention of a human when they are being trained to fight and they only know the company of other animals in the context of being trained to kill them. Additionally, most dogs spend their entire lives without adequate food, water, or shelter.
From personal experience after adopting an ex fighting dog, I know that dogs are burned with cigarettes, their testicles are slit and more than often their paws are raw from the long periods of time on concrete floors – literally fighting for their lives.
The dogs are chained to one beam and another small animal like a cat, small dog, or rabbit, is harnessed to or hung from another beam. The dogs run in circles, chasing the bait. Once the exercise sessions are over, the dogs are usually rewarded with the bait they had been pursuing.
“Bait” animals are animals used to test a dog’s fighting instinct; they are often mauled or killed in the process. Many of the training methods involve torturing and killing of other innocent animals. Often “bait” animals are stolen pets, puppies, kittens, rabbits, small dogs and even stock (dogs acquired by the dog fighting ring which appear to be passive or less dominant). Other sources for bait animals include wild or feral animals, animals obtained from a shelter, or animals obtained from “free to good home” ads. The snouts of bait animals are often wrapped with duct tape to prevent them from fighting back and they are used in training sessions to improve a dog’s endurance, strength or fighting ability. A bait animal’s teeth may also be broken to prevent them from fighting back. If the bait animals are still alive after the training sessions, they are usually given to the dogs as a reward, and the dogs finish killing them
Fighting dogs will only be put out of their misery after their third fight in the ring. They seldom survive beyond that.
“South Africa has a thriving and increasing industry of underground animal fighting activities and our country is being marketed in other countries as a good place to fight dogs as the enforcement is lax, it is easy to bribe public officials and if caught the legal process is slow.”
Investigations leading up to a potential bust are completely confidential
Source for quotations http://www.nspca.co.za/
A quote which stuck with me while I wrote this:
After viewing the above video and reading this information – I think it should be clear to you that the cruelty portrayed in dog fighting should not be tolerated.
Don’t be a fool. Report any activity you may suspect to the SPCA, Animal Anti Cruelty league or even your local animal charity. They will know who to contact to get an investigation rolling.
Please don’t dilly dally around and ask for “readings” and be silly. Lives are at stake…
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Posted on June 23, 2014, in Abuse, Animal Welfare, Di's Articles, Doggy Style, For Cat Lovers and tagged abuse, adopt, animal cruelty, animal welfare, animals, cat, cats, crime, dog, dog fighting, dogs, indifference, neuter, spay, sterilise. Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.