When Houston resident Jonathon Paull was getting gas at a Southeast Houston gas station, he noticed dog fighting DVDs were on sale in the store.
Paull was completely shocked that these were being sold and displayed so openly. He said: â€œAnd they glamorize hurting animals and it’s sick. It’s disturbing and I’m outraged. This whole subculture of hurting and killing animals is just absolutely disgusting.â€
Selling of dog fighting DVDs is illegal and is punishable with fines and up to five years in prison. But the store clerks said the DVDs are big sellers.
A local legal expert said that law enforcement can only do so much. He added: â€œThe federal government has shown more interest in the folks that are making these videos than selling them.”
A local district attorney also added that she can’t do anything either.
â€œIt’s disturbing to me that they’re actually selling these videos, but unfortunately there’s nothing I can do about it. If we were able to identify the participants in the videotape, the location and the date, then I could prosecute them,â€ said Assistant DA Belinda Smith.
This is challenging for prosecutors because most of the people in the DVDs disguise themselves when they are interviewed.
A Humane Society investigator said it is frustrating that they can’t prosecute stores that sell the DVDs. He stated: “We have to prove that they are knowingly selling a product that was depicting an illegal act and that in itself is very difficult.â€
For now, Humane Society investigators can only politely ask stores to stop selling the dog fighting DVDs, but nothing can be enforced in the stores. This means that for now these DVDs depicting animal cruelty will remain on store shelves.