Chicago community leaders, city officials, members of the faith based community and the police have all joined together with humane and animal related groups to create Safe Humane Chicago.
The coalition’s mission is to educate children about the dangers of dog fighting, so they will not become involved in this illegal crime. Their goal is also to teach an alternative to violence.
Safe Humane Chicago will show kids how to treat dogs humanely and will bring dogs to visit community centers, churches, and schools. Children will learn how to approach strange dogs, and how dogs are trained through reward and motivation instead of fear or force.
This type of program could become a nationwide campaign to teach communities all over about the dangers of dog fighting and to teach people how to humanely interact with animals.
â€œEducating the public and raising the awareness of cruelty towards animals can ultimately prevent many of the crimes that are a direct result of this violence,” said Interim Chicago Police Superintendent Dana Starks.
Source: Steve Dale’s Pet World