It is Cruel to Animals
Dogs involved in dog fights are often severely injured–or killed–during the fight. These fights may last for hours until one of the animals quits or dies. Furthermore, these animals do not receive veterinary attention. Losers that do not die may be tortured, starved to death, or killed outright by their owners. Other animals, such as owned pets or strays may be stolen and used as “bait” to train fighting dogs, often suffering before they die
It is Dangerous to People–Especially Children
Exposure to dog fighting can have a direct effect on our children. They can be bitten or attacked by dogs used in fighting. They can be hurt or abused by other people at dog fights. They are also exposed to gangs, weapons, drugs, and gambling because those who fight animals are prone to participate in other illegal activities.
But beyond these immediate dangers, violence that is condoned and encouraged, such as in these fights, can effect children (as well as adults) by promoting a desensitization to the suffering others. They show that an acceptance of violence is a “norm.”
It Degrades the Community
Dog fighting promotes crime, such as cruelty to animals, violence to others, theft, drug use/possession/distribution, illegal weapons use/possession, and gambling. It also creates fear of being attacked or killed by dogs, as well as fear of people who use fighting dogs to intimidate others.
Dog fighting decreases the livability in our towns because often times, illegal kennels are established to breed, train, and house fighting dogs. These kennels are responsible for odor from feces, and flies, rats, and other vermin attracted by feces and spilt food. These kennels also generate excessive noise due to barking, people coming and going at all hours, and loud music used to “drown out” fighting and training noises.
Long term, dog fighting effects the community by promoting a culture of violence. Communities learn to accept violence as a normal facet of daily life. Often, people will feel like “prisoners in their own homes” because they do not feel it is safe to walk on the streets.
Ways To Help
To help eradicate dog fighting and the problems it brings:
Support NJSPCA enforcement of Dog Fighting laws
Report animal cruelty to the NJSPCA at 1-800-582-5979
Report all neighborhood nuisances, such as illegal kennels, dogs left out for long periods of time with no water or shelter or animals being abandoned to the NJSPCA.