Dog Fighting: Why It's Not "Just Dogs"

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Dog fighting is an insidious underground organized crime that deserves much legal and political scrutiny. The blood sport, once sanctioned by aristocracy, embraced by medieval gentry and later promoted by colonial and Victorian miscreants, is now completely outlawed in the United States. Notwithstanding the absolute prohibition in America, it has reached epidemic proportions in all urban communities and continues to thrive in many rural areas as well. The collective American conscience has long been repulsed by the undeniable brutality within the culture of dogfighting, but the law enforcement community has been regrettably lax in appreciating the full scope and gravity of the problem. Historically, the crime was erroneously classified as an isolated animal welfare issue, and as such has been predominately disregarded by law enforcement. The communities that have been morally, socially and culturally scarred by the menacing pestilence of dogfighting have paid dearly for the apathy of the legal community. From a very early age, children are routinely exposed to the unfathomable violence that is inherent within the blood sport. Even seasoned law enforcement agents are consistently appalled by the atrocities that they encounter at dog fights, yet the children that grow up exposed to it are conditioned to believe that the violence is normal; they are systematically desensitized to the suffering, and ultimately become criminalized. Dog fighters are violent criminals that engage in a whole host of peripheral criminal activities. Many are heavily involved in organized crime, racketeering, drug distribution, or gangs, and they arrange and attend the fights as a forum for gambling and drug trafficking. Within the last decade, enlightened law enforcement agencies and government officials have become cognizant of the clandestine culture of dog-fighting and its nexus with other crimes and community violence. Many individuals continue to deny the existence or scope of dogfighting in America, or they maintain that it is merely an isolated animal welfare issue; however, it is increasingly difficult to defend such an archaic notion in the face of overwhelming legal and empirical evidence to the contrary.

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The Victims of Dogfighting

It is extremely easy to acquire fighting dogs. Street fighters can buy fighting dogs for a few hundred dollars or, more commonly, they breed their own or steal them. The professional fighters often have large sums of disposable cash and easily spend a few thousand dollars for proven champions. The dogs are extremely difficult for law enforcement to trace because they are never licensed and they disappear frequently. The average life span of the fighting dog is very, very short. For most fighters, the dogs are considered disposable, a fact that is painfully obvious when the fights are over and everyone has left the crime scene. Inevitably, the mutilated carcasses of the losers of the evening’s match will be left behind. In the world of urban dogfighting, where an individual’s fighting dog is an extension of his or her own identity, defeat in a fight is unacceptable. A dog that loses a fight also loses a lot of money and compromises the reputation of his owner. The end result, if the losing dog survives the fight, is immediate death if he is lucky, or torture and mutilation if the owner is embarrassed or irate. For many, this ritual is a way to regain the respect of their peers. There is no reverence for life or concern for the animals. The abuses that the dogs endure - both in and out of the ring - is so gruesome that even seasoned investigators are consistently shocked by the barbarities they discover at raids. In commenting on a recent raid in South Carolina (2004), First Circuit assistant solicitor, Richard Lackey said,“It’s a gruesome scene...I’ve never seen anything like this before.” Newton County Sheriff, Joe Nichols described a 2004 raid in Georgia as,“one of the most horrible things I have experienced.”

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The Victims of Dogfighting

The Children

The systematic desensitization of each new generation in high crime inner cities starts early on; there, most children are routinely exposed to dogfighting and are forced to accept the inherent violence as normal. The routine exposure of the children to unfettered animal abuse and neglect is a major contributing factor in their later manifestation of social deviance.“In many neighborhoods where gangs are strong, you now have 8-, 9-, 10-year-olds conducting their own dogfights. Or being spectators at the fights people are holding," said Sgt. Steve Brownstein of Chicago’s Animal Abuse Control Team. Indeed, for gangs, dog-fighting is a valuable tool to initiate young members into a culture of violence:“You want to find the perfect way to desensitize a kid so he’ll kill that anonymous gangbanger from three blocks over? Give him a puppy and let him raise it. Then let him kill it. I guarantee that will desensitize that kid.” This early exposure to and participation in dog-fighting is of concern to law enforcement, not only as a child endangerment issue, but also because children that become desensitized to violence become criminalized and perpetuate that cycle of violence.

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The Victims of Dogfighting

The Community

Dogfighting is tremendously widespread and has reached epidemic levels in America’s urban communities. We have over two centuries of well documented research addressing the devastating impact of social, economic and racial injustice in these communities. America’s finest legal minds, political activists and social advocates have painstakingly dissected the culture of poverty in an attempt to understand the disproportionately high rates of crime, drug use, and social deviance in inner-city communities. We have identified several hundred factors that contribute to these social ills, and understand intrinsically that no single contributing factor exists in a vacuum; all are interrelated and all must be addressed. Shockingly, one of the most obvious and avoidable contributing factors has been largely ignored - animal legal injustice. Although dogfighting is outlawed in all fifty stated and is a serious felony in most jurisdictions, it has been largely ignored by law enforcement in the urban communities where it is most pervasive. When we, as a society, fail to hold perpetrators criminally liable for violating dogfighting and other animal cruelty statutes, we not only condone their behavior, but send a message that our legal system is weak and inconsistent. The plight of the animals in inner-city areas is so blatantly obvious; even those who are not themselves immediately involved with dogfighting are routinely exposed to the abuse and neglect of the animals. The legislators clearly understand the extreme violence inherent in the blood sport, and the corresponding drug use, gambling, and violence against humans. They have enacted comprehensive laws and very stiff penalties to deter and punish those engaged in dogfighting, yet in urban communities where those laws are shockingly under-enforced, the legal system has made a mockery of the laws.

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Dogfighting

Dogfighting does not exist in a vacuum, rather it occurs in conjunction with a host of peripheral criminal activities.

The notion that dogfighting is simply an animal welfare issue is clearly erroneous. Until the past decade, few law enforcement officials or government agencies understood the scope or gravity of dogfighting. As these departments have become more educated about the epidemic of dogfighting and its nexus with gang activity, drug distribution rings, and gambling networks, many have implemented well designed, sophisticated task forces. The magnitude of criminal activity concurrently taking place at the average dogfight is of such a scope as to warrant the involvement of a wide range of agencies, including local, regional, and federal law enforcement agencies and their specialized divisions such as organized crime units, SWAT teams, and vice squads, as well as animal control agencies and child protective services.

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Yet these Vick supporters will read this and still make the same old, tired azz comments that have failed them time and time again. As you can clearly see this is very much about humans, communities, and animals. Their hero was a promoter of this arena, a financier, and a participant, he played every role. They're the first to say we put "animals above humans" when it's obvious they're the ones who put football above humans, the law and everything else. Pathetic.

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Good post USA. But like Lanie says, the Vick azzlickers won't read it. As you pointed out earlier, they ignore the numerous times they are proven wrong over and over and over, and pretend as if every day the slate is wiped clean, and they can continue to spout BS and someone will listen to them, and ACTUALLY believe anything they post-- I agree Lanie, they are pathetic. But mostly I think they are here to rattle us, it irritates them so badly that we have the freedom to speak out against the atrocities that MV has committed and will be known for the rest of his pitiful life. They WANT to be able to put the "racism" label on it, and effectively shut us up, but it just won't work this time. LMAO

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Very nice. But they're so busy comparing themselves to dogs and monkeys they can't even GRASP the subject matter. And I do mean THEY not ALL.

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Gee, is it just me or has anyone noticed how the Vick supporters stayed far from this thread today? LMAO! Truth hurts huh?

Where's all the humanitarians now???

*Through the megaphone< Calling all humanitarians!

Where's your outrage for these children mentioned here? The communities that have suffered? Oh that's right, these people were'nt QB's for the NFL, they were'nt celebrities, I guess they don't matter to the Vick supporters.. Go figure, selective humanitarinism...lol Yea, we didn't see that coming...

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Just popped back in to count the vick fans....lol

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Back to the top. These are the real consequences of dogfighting.
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USA ROCKS wrote:
Back to the top. These are the real consequences of dogfighting.
Great post USA, it's just a shame the pro dogfighting group doesn't want to hear it.

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Still no Vick fans.. Imagine that...

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Until it's their dog or their kid, or even their neighbors.

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Ralexa wrote:
Until it's their dog or their kid, or even their neighbors.
I'm still waiting for the outrage from our fellow humanitarians on here...lol Till then I'll just keep putting this thread back on top :)

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wup, gotta put this back on top.. By far the best azzlicker repellent to date... Thanks again USA!

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Lanie wrote:
<quoted text>I'm still waiting for the outrage from our fellow humanitarians on here...lol Till then I'll just keep putting this thread back on top :)
It's kind of hard to argue the proven facts of the first 5 posts and proven repercussions of dogfighting. This is the sickness that vick, posse, and all others like him really inflict upon the community when they engage in the atrocity of dogfighting. Only a fool would argue about the peripheral affects mentioned in them.

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Read the first 5 posts. This is why what vick did wasn't to just dogs. This is why what he and posse did affected everyone, not just himself and his friends and family but the entire community including children.

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http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/stop-NFL-fro...

Just one time more this afternoon. God I wish I were paid to be here!I'd be a millionaire!

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I'm so glad you posted it here USA. I can't wait to see the responses (or lack of) from those who think dogfighting is just part of their "culture" and harmless.

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