Dog fighting is a sickening contest, where dogs are pitted against one another and encouraged to fight until death, whilst spectators cheer and gamble on a ‘winner’.
This barbaric form of ‘entertainment’ is illegal in Australia, however, underground rings still exist.
The dogs are chained or penned, repeatedly taunted and often starved, in an attempt to trigger aggressive behaviours and survival instincts. When these dogs are no longer deemed ‘useful’, they are electrocuted, hanged, beaten, drowned, shot, or killed in some other manner.
The dogs are trained to use their strength to overcome their opponent. The dogs used are often of the pit bull breed, due to their powerful jaws. They have the ability to inflict severe bruising, create deep puncture wounds and break bones. The dogs used often die of blood loss, shock, dehydration, exhaustion, or infection.
In order to train the dogs, smaller, weaker animals are used, such as: cats, rabbits, or small/old dogs. In many cases, these are often stolen pets or animals found through “free to good home” advertisements. These animals are used to bait and blood the more ferocious dogs, usually before they enter the ring. These family pets are found mutilated and missing limbs, reflecting the mass amounts of pain and suffering they would have endured.
Research shows people who commit acts of cruelty to animals often turn to commit violent acts against humans. Dogfighting is a blatant disregard for the animals wellbeing. During raids, young children have been present which can foster insensitivity towards animal suffering, positivity towards violence, and a lack of respect for the law.