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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
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.
- We successfully pushed for laws toughening penalties for dogfighting nationally and in individual states, making dogfighting a felony in all 50 states.
- We established -- and we're now expanding -- community-based programs in the U.S. to give boys and young men the kind of guidance they need to avoid being drawn into this bloody underground. You can find the End Dogfighting team on the streets of Chicago, Atlanta, and -- soon -- Los Angeles. I encourage you to watch our slideshow introducing you to these programs.
- We teamed up with law enforcement from coast to coast to bring organized animal fighters to justice -- tackling more than 200 cases of animal fighting in just the past year. Not a day passes when our experts aren't on a mission to raid fighting rings and rescue the animals from lives of suffering. Our tip line went national and paid out more than 50 rewards of up to $5,000 for every tip that led to an arrest.
If you care about ending dogfighting, this is the program to get us there.
President & CEO
The Humane Society of the United States
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