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April 8th has been established as as National Dog Fighting Awareness Day in the US
to advance the conversation about dog fighting and encourage animal lovers across
the country to take action against this brutal form of animal cruelty.
Dog fighting is a horrendous, money-making system, and the ASPCA is bringing awareness to this insidious crime
by dedicating a day to helping stop it: National Dog Fighting Awareness Day
takes place on April 8th, 2014. This day was created to get people talking
about this severe form of animal cruelty and help put an end to it.
It is estimated that dog fighting has been going on since the late 1800s
and now takes place throughout the country and in all economic brackets.
When offenders, particularly famous offenders, such as NFL football player Michael Vick,
are overlooked for having instituting and profiting from this horrific cruelty
and go on to secure million dollar sporting and endorsement contracts, it only makes it worse.
(Terrible move, NY Jets, for signing him this year. Visit Boycott the NY Jets and Michael Vick).
People say he made a mistake, but intentionally killing, torturing, and maiming dogs over several years
is NOT a mistake. This statement from Matthew Bershadker, President of the ASPCA,
stresses exactly why we must not forget what Vick and others like him do:
“It became clear over the course of the investigation that this was not a crime of passion
or a case of obliviousness. Michael Vick was fully involved in a six-year pattern of illegal activity that included dogs being savagely electrocuted, drowned, and beaten to death.”
This was a multi-million dollar ring. Profits were high and greed was underlying, as is the case in nearly all dog fighting operations.
Sadly, this is just one high profile case, there are so many more underground operations that no one hears about.
According to the ASPCA, there are profitable dog fighting rings located in cities, rural,
and suburban areas:
“Fighters were traditionally attracted to states with weaker penalties for dog fighting and animal cruelty,
many in the South — but laws continue to be made stronger throughout the country. As a result,
this activity is no longer limited to any single area, but it is more likely to thrive wherever
enforcement of anti-fighting laws is weak.”
This is exactly why we need to work together to help create stricter laws and enforce
the animal cruelty laws already enacted. On April 8th, the ASPCA is hosting
a Google+ Hangout with national experts to discuss the underground world of dog fighting.
The panel will be moderated by ABC News anchor Dan Harris, and the goal is to raise awareness
about dog fighting brutality, including little-known truths about the blood sport and its continuing prevalence in America.
They will also be doing live social media event with Q&A’s across Facebook, Twitter and
Google+ in which experts will answer user questions about dog fighting with hashtag #NDFAD.
A never-before-seen short documentary will premiere with undercover footage of dogfights and the rescue activity
at dog fighting raids.
If you would like to help in this endeavor, please check out the ASPCA’s website
and help support National Dog Fighting Awareness Day.
There will be the Google+ Hangout on Tuesday night, please stop by!
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