(DOGS/DOG FIGHTING) Dog fighting is a terrible crime where heartless individuals will typically breed and raise dogs for the specific purpose of fighting other dogs.

It is a brutal blood sport that occurs across the globe in all types of communities, facilitating abuse and violence solely for the sake of spectators’ entertainment and gambling.

Today, on April 8, it’s time to take a stand against the horrors of dog fighting by joining the ASPCA in support of National Dog Fighting Awareness Day.

The ASPCA is encouraging animal lovers to #GetTough on this barbaric practice. By following the steps below, you can make a difference and help put an end to dog fighting once and for all.

In this cruel blood sport, dogs are forced to fight and left to die. Photo Credit: TheDoDo
In this cruel blood sport, dogs are forced to fight and left to die. Photo Credit: TheDoDo

Step 1

Download a free #GetTough on dog fighting toolkit which includes a printable poster and pictures that you can share on social media; all of which feature the #GetTough logo. The ASPCA encourages pet guardians to take a selfie with their pet and the #GetTough logo, and post it to social media. Spreading the word about the cruelties of dog fighting works to inform and encourage others to join in the fight!

Step 2

Take action against dog fighting by signing a petition that works in correlation with the Department of Justice toward prosecuting dog fighters with greater frequency in 2015 and the years to come.

Pitbulls are a targeted breed in dog fighting. Photo credit: ASPCA
Pit bulls are a targeted breed for dog fighting. Photo credit: ASPCA

Step 3

With the support of animal advocates, dog fighting can become a crime of the past. Photo credit: ASPCA
With the support of animal advocates, dog fighting can become a crime of the past. Photo credit: ASPCA

Learn more about dog fighting by visiting the ASPCA’s website under the Fight Cruelty section. Here you can read about recent dog fighting arrests, as well as breed specific animal cruelty. Many individuals may not realize the cruelty involved in dog fighting. Informing yourself about the horrors of dog fighting will encourage others to educate themselves!

Although National Dog Fighting Awareness Day takes place just one day a year, advocates are encouraged to #GetTough on dog fighting for the entire month of April.

Dog fighting is a barbaric crime that cannot go unnoticed. Following these three steps will help change the lives of innocent animals.

— Rebecca Hartt, exclusive to Global Animal

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