Fast Fact: Due to the illegal and underground status of this activity, animals that are injured will rarely get the veterinary care needed and will be killed.
- Dog fighting is an underground blood sport which usually uses two dogs in a fight to the death. In Australia it is also associated with other illegal activities such as drug and firearms dealing.
- The organisers of these events make money through gambling and entry fees. There are frequently claims of companion animals going missing from homes and being used as bait animals to train dogs for these fights.
- Most dogs are not aggressive by nature and so they must be ‘trained’ to attack and fight. Some methods include having weights fixed to their necks to increase upper body strength or tied to poles with a ‘bait’ animal that is just out of their reach where the animal is goaded into attack until it is in a frenzy.
- As a reward for their aggressive behaviour it is given the terrified bait animal which will often be torn apart alive.
- Drugs are also commonly used to incite aggression; reports of dogs with cocaine in their systems are not uncommon.
- While many countries including Australia have banned the practice of dog fighting it still occurs. In some countries such as Japan and parts of Russia it is still legal.
WHAT CAN I DO?
The quickest way to stop the exploitation and abuse of animals in entertainment is by not supporting these industries. Share your concerns with friends, family and others about what the issues are. In addition you can also let the operators of these industries know how you feel. If these activities take place in your local area then contact your council and let them know. You can also contact your local MP’s to voice your concern.
HOW CAN I HELP?
The most powerful tool we have to help animals is our voice. Once we learn about the cruel ways humans use animals for greed, profit or pleasure we need to help educate and inform others.
If you want to do more to help, you can support us by becoming a member of Animal Liberation WA, and signing up to volunteer!