On April 8, 2018, get ready to celebrate National Dog Fighting Awareness Day. Dog Fighting is considered a sport by some, but it is not. Dog Fighting is one of the most inhumane and heinous crimes one can commit.
National Dog Fighting Awareness Day is a Day of Enlightenment.
National Dog Fighting Awareness Day is a day we should all celebrate, but especially Pit Bull owners and advocates of the breed.
It is true that all breeds are at risk when it comes to Dog Fighting, but Pit Bulls are at the most risk.
It is no secret that Pit Bulls is at the top of the list of breeds of choice. Pit Bulls are by far the most used and sought after breed when it pertains to Dog Fighting.
National Dog Fighting Awareness Day is Also a Day of Reflection.
The key element of this wonderful day as its name states is awareness. Awareness is synonymous with several different words, but the one that should come to mind is understanding.
Awareness, as you know, is defined as the ability to directly know or perceive. Others might say it is the ability to feel or to be cognizant of events.
However, to define it more broadly, it is the state of being conscious of something and to have an understanding of said events.
National Dog Fighting Awareness Day Gives Hope.
National Dog Fighting Awareness Day provides hope for a better day. The awareness generated by days like this also brings about understanding.
Understanding the gravity of the effects of Dog Fighting has on a community is paramount.
This same understanding will also give those who protest against the Pit Bull breed a glimpse into what some of these poor animals were forced to endure. That is, those who actually survive the ordeal.
We Need More Days Like National Dog Fighting Awareness Day.
Here in America and abroad, there is a syndrome that is very real and it affects millions. However, for decades, it was perceived to be a myth or it was all in the person’s head.
Luckily, today’s professionals have finally acknowledged PTSD as a real ailment and now provide help and treatment options. I allude to this syndrome because there are theories in animal behavior that paints a similar picture for dogs.
They theorize that the trauma of certain events like Dog Fighting has a very real and lasting effect on animal behavior.
Dog Fighting is Not a Sport, It is a Crime.
Imagine for a moment that this theory is true. Then imagine how would you cope with day to day interactions if you were forced into death matches and the only way to survive is to kill.
I would imagine that your civility would be an everyday struggle.
This is what many Pit Bulls must contend with on a daily basis, provided they are lucky enough to survive the ordeal.
Awareness Can Lead to Understanding.
I realize that not every Pit Bull is forced into Dog Fighting. However, I do know that the few that are involved in acts of violence are deemed the rule and not the exception.
This is the real reality that Pit Bulls and their owners face.
National Dog Fighting Awareness Day shines a spotlight on the real horrors of this nationwide epidemic.
Awareness from One Day Can Bring About Awareness During the Other 364 Days.
By definition, Dog fighting is a type of blood sport in which dogs are forced to fight one another for the entertainment and or profit of spectators.
Dog fighting is considered one of the most heinous forms of animal cruelty. It is also one of the most inhumane acts one can partake in.
Although dog fighting is a felony in all 50 states, it continues to occur in every part of the country and in every type of community.
Dog Fighting is the Underbelly of Crime.
Whether you actively raise, train, or merely spectate and bet, you are part of the problem.
The dogs that are forced to fight are typically raised in isolation. Any and all participation enables this to continue.
In addition, they spend most of their lives on short, heavy, and confining chains.
Inside the World of Dog Fighting According to the ASPCA.
They are regularly conditioned for fighting through the use of drugs. This includes drugs such as anabolic steroids to enhance muscle mass and encourage aggressiveness.
Fighting dogs may have their ears cropped and tails docked close to their bodies to minimize the animal’s normal body language cues.
Also, this limits the areas that another dog can grab during a fight. Owners usually perform this cropping or docking themselves using crude and inhumane techniques.
National Dog Fighting Awareness Day Needs Your Help.
Awareness is everyone’s responsibility. This goes double for the advocates and owners of Pit Bulls.
Pit Bulls as a breed is at the forefront of the Dog Fighting epidemic. It is they who will suffer the most and possibly benefit the most, depending how much awareness can be generated.
The Pit Bull reputation is caught in a perpetual cycle of self-fulfilling detriment. The wonderful attributes that make Pit Bulls excellent pets are also what makes them the perfect target for those who would exploit their gifts.
So, How Can You Effectively Celebrate National Dog Fighting Awareness Day?
It is true that National Dog Fighting Awareness Day needs effective celebratory efforts.
It is not enough to just acknowledge the day, it needs true and effective participation at its core.
National Dog Fighting Awareness Day needs you to help spread awareness where ever you can. We need to bring attention to the horrors of Dog Fighting and make a stand to stop it.
Ways to Celebrate National Dog Fighting Awareness Day.
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) sponsors this event every year on April 8th.
Their slogan has always been, “We’re Fighting So They Don’t Have To.” That is what this day is all about.
Lending our voices and collective efforts to those who cannot speak for themselves. It is humans that put these animals in harm’s way and it will take humans to stop it.
So, How Can You Do Your Part?
You can start by signing a pledge with the ASPCA.
Your voice is more important than ever. Help the ASPCA generate 50,000 signatures advocating against dog fighting.
Another way you can do your part is by taking a selfie and share it on your social media channels using the hashtag #GetTough.
More Ways to Contribute and Celebrate National Dog Fighting Awareness Day.
This lets people know that you are taking a stand against Dog Fighting.
Lastly, you can make a charitable donation to the ASPCA or any of the nonprofits to help them put an end to animal cruelty.
It does not matter which of these suggestions you adhere to, just do something to help bring about an end to this heinous crime.