marți, 9 octombrie 2007

Dog fighting

Researchers estimate that over 40,000 people in the United States of America are associated with professional dogfighting, a felonious blood sport with fight purses well over $100,000.

The American Pit Bull Terrier is the most popular fighting dog because it was bred to recognize other dogs as adversaries, and selectively trained for its specific fighting abilities. The were also bred to be very friendly with people so they could be manageable in the pit.

Dogfighting is a crime in all 50 states. As of the writing of this article, dog fighting is a felony in every state except Idaho and Wyoming where it is a misdemeanor. It must be pointed out that even in most states where dog fighting is a felony, it is perfectly legal to own a fighting dog and perfectly legal to be a spectator a dog fight.

In May of 2007, President Bush signed into federal law a bill that strengthened dog fighting at the federal level. The law bans interstate commerce, import and export related to animal fighting activities. Offenders of the new law can be sentenced to three years in jail and subject to a $250,000 fine. Before this bill the maximum time in jail was one year.

Unfortunately, irregardless of the laws, dogfighting in the United States remains big business.

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