‘Fighting cats and dogs’: British dog fighting

Posted on September 28, 2011

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Today (29th September), an item was posted on the web-site of the League Against Cruel Sports (LACS) titled ‘Fighting cats and dogs’.

‘… Residents across Sussex have been reporting an increase in pet cats going missing, leading to fears that the animals could be being used as bait in dog fights.

The areas of Brighton, Eastbourne and Hastings have been victim to an unusually high number of disappearing cats, with devastated owners fearing the worst.

Despite being banned for over 150 years, dog fighting has been on the rise in the UK over the last decade. The “traditional” form of dog fighting, in which dogs are pitted against each other in pre-arranged bouts has been joined by a less structured version of the cruel sport, in which people meet in parks and public areas to fight their dogs on chains.

And the “lads with dogs” culture doesn’t just extend to domestic animals. Recent years have also seen a spike in the number of incidences of badger baiting, cockfighting and other cruel sports.

Last week [two] brothers … were sentenced to a total of ten months imprisonment after they admitted encouraging pit bull terrier-type dogs to attack each other. They were also banned from keeping dogs for five years.

However, for every successful conviction, many more perpetrators of illegal dogfighting crime continue to walk free. If you have any information at all, in relation to any form of animal fighting or baiting, please do contact the League in confidence on 01483 524 250 …’

Read the item and be the first to add your comment online at www.league.org.uk/blogs_entry.aspx?id=648

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