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From 29 Aug 2009 Issue

Our program rescues young men and dogs from the quicksand of dogfighting
Stopping Urban Dogfighting at Its Source

Our program rescues young men and dogs from the quicksand of dogfighting.
Meet them in our slideshow.

August 14, 2009

Stopping Urban Dogfighting at Its Source

Dear Patricia,

The Humane Society of the United States has been working to stamp out dogfighting for decades.

In the last few years, we've stepped up the pace of action like never before. We've helped to write almost every state and federal law that exists on the subject, and we have been involved in hundreds of raids. The headlines are about to grow larger again now that Michael Vick has pledged to be part of the solution and not part of the problem, and to pass on a message to boys and young men in urban communities: Don't do as he did.

Today, I want to recap where we are in our campaign to rid our society of dogfighting once and for all -- and introduce you to our innovative End Dogfighting program targeting street fighting at its source.

The story that's unfolding in the U.S. isn't about one football player admitting he was wrong and now joining the quest to eradicate the practice. It's about hundreds of thousands of dogs who are in harm's way. It's about the people who grow up to view dogfighting as acceptable. It's about the men and women of The HSUS who work full-time to stop the agonies dogs suffer in fighting pits. It's about public officials who have responded to our call to make dogfighting a felony everywhere. Thanks to your actions and support, we've made historic inroads, especially since the Vick case came to light:

One more thing: There is so much that tears at our hearts in this bloody realm of dogfighting. But we must look forward and reach these kids before they step into the quicksand of street fighting. When we see the positive effects of our program, it is magical. A few of these moments are captured in our slideshow. None of us wanted to imagine that fate that awaited so many of these dogs. But then our experts and community organizers stepped in and ushered in a dramatically different outcome.

If you care about ending dogfighting, this is the program to get us there.


Wayne Pacelle
President & CEO
The Humane Society of the United States

source: [email protected] .

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