Dog fighting is a serious crime that thrives in a secretive, criminal underworld. It evolved as a bloodsport, which is any sport that involves animals being hurt or killed to fuel excitement in people who are taking part or watching. You may recall historical accounts of bloodsports in Ancient Rome. These events involved humans baiting or fighting vicious animals until one of them was dead.
The most well-known depictions of this are the man vs. lion fights that took place in the Roman Colosseum. In the 1800s fights between animals and humans were banned, so people chose to have the animals fight each other instead. Dog fights were the cheapest to organize so they rose in popularity around Britain and soon made its way to the U.S.
Dog fighting is now a federal offense in all 50 states, and punishable by up to 3 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Many animal rights organizations have been formed in an attempt to raise awareness of this heinous crime, and also help rehabilitate dogs that have been rescued from dog fighting operations. Media coverage surrounding dog fighting has brought the issue to national attention, but sadly this horrible act still occurs all over the country. If you suspect animal abuse may be occuring, please report the abuse immediately!
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Ashley Welter is a writer for Instant Checkmate, an online service designed to help keep individuals safe from possible criminals.