Best Friends Animal Society has launched a campaign called “It’s Not Cool To Be Cruel.” With the campaign, Best Friends hopes to convince major league sports figures to crack down on dog fighting among professional athletes.
The organization calls on the sports leagues to address dog fighting by taking the following action steps:
- Announce no tolerance policies that condemn dog fighting as a cruel, illegal activity that will not be tolerated
- Aggressively investigate allegations of participation in dog fighting by athletes
- Educate athletes about the illegality and cruelty of dog fighting
- Establish public service campaigns that inform the public about dog fighting and how harmful it can be to communities
Julie Castle, director of community programs and services for Best Friends Animal Society said, â€œBecause professional athletes and entertainment personalities are held in such high esteem by young people, we hope that the NFL and other sports leagues will encourage their athletes to speak out against dog fighting,â€ Castle said. â€œBy doing so, they will let the youth of America know that the sports heroes they love want animals to live in peace without being immersed in a ruthless activity that pits one animal against another.â€
Best Friends also has a petition on their site that is in support of this campaign. Currently, there are over 20,000 signatures on their petition. The signatures will be forwarded to all of the major sports leagues.