Animal Fighting: It’s Not Just About Those in the Ring

If anything good has come from all of the attention focused on the Michael Vick case over the course of the past several months, it’s that the issue of animal fighting is drawing more public and legislative attention. Not only are both banned in most states (dogfighting is illegal in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, cockfighting in 49,)  there appears to be a trend now toward going after spectators at these blood sports. The thinking is that, if stiffer penalties are brought for paying money to attend fights, that people will stop going, and animal fighters’ financing will dry up.

While it is not, in fact, that clear-cut an issue, the increased attention by legislators is a step in the right direction.

From a Washington Post Editorial:

“Dogfighting, unlike cockfighting, is illegal in all 50 states. In Maryland, Virginia and the District it is a felony, as is possession of dogs for fighting. Yesterday, Virginia’s House of Delegates passed legislation making cockfighting a felony. The Senate earlier passed a similar measure. Yet watching dogs or birds fight is a mere misdemeanor in the District, Maryland and Virginia. Little wonder that when there’s a raid, everyone on the premises suddenly becomes a spectator. Yet the money in animal fighting comes from the people who pay to see, and gamble on, these illegal, savage events. Watching — being a party to this atrocious crime — should be a felony. Dry up the money, and the shows probably would fold. The same should hold for cockfighting, which is still all too prevalent. Those who are caught at these events should be subject to more than a slap on the wrist.”

Sources:

Animal Fighting Facts

WashingtonPost.com

5 Responses to “Animal Fighting: It’s Not Just About Those in the Ring”

  1. 2CatMom says:

    More importantly, folks arrested at cock/dogfighting ought to have their names published in the local paper much like they do with prostitution busts. While that won’t deter gangbangers and the like, it will discourage wannabees from attending.

  2. Jennifer Moore says:

    That’s a really good idea. I like that.

    I figure anything we/the authorities can do to “strike the root” will move us toward stamping out animal fighting.

    Sometimes, you have to celebrate the littlest victories when things seem so…overwhelming.

    Jennifer Moore

  3. Dee says:

    Isn’t it amazing how far our society has come. And yet a person is smart, but people are still soooooooooo stupid. We’re getting there, but why haven’t we already realized that bloodthirst is not a quality that we need?

  4. KAEfamily says:

    Yup, clamp it down their financial throats. It’s all about supply and demand.

  5. Denise says:

    Kae, yes financial hit them where it hurts. The laws have to be stricter and these people need to have the fear of their going to jail and big fines. these people that can watch this type of thing and bet on it or just watch it. they have to be sick. Boy if i ever heard of this happening around me I would be all over it. I am sure from reading all your letters you would be too.


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