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Animal Fighting

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The most common types of animal fighting are:



In organized dogfighting, two dogs bred to fight are put into a ring or pit to fight until one cannot continue or dies. In street dogfighting cases, the level of organization is less and fights occur, sometimes spontaneously, in secluded spots within city parks, school lots, alleys or other similar common locations. Participants and spectators gamble on the results of the fight.


Canine victims usually suffer ongoing neglect and cruelty during the “training” or keep process. They are often forced to wear heavy chains and run on treadmills; left outside without shelter; fed steroids to increase muscle mass; fed stimulants to make them aggressive in a fight; fed narcotics so they don’t feel pain in a fight; starved to make them aggressive or so they can “make weight” in a contract fight; and subjected to cruel amateur ear cropping and treatment for fighting injuries. Females may be confined in “rape boxes” for breeding.


Trainers may viciously kill dogs who refuse to fight or who lose fights. Killing methods include shooting, hanging, drowning and electrocution. In the “dog man’s” world, the credo is “Breed the best and bury the rest.”


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Handlers attach a razor or gaff to each rooster’s leg who have been bread to fight and put them into a ring to fight to the death. Attendees often consider the events to be family entertainment with participants gambling on the results of the fight.


Prior to a fight, a bird may go through several months of training, or a keep, which may involve running obstacle courses and even treadmills, and practice fights with other roosters. Prior to a fight, many of the bird's feathers are plucked, and the breeder also cuts off the rooster's wattles—the combs below the beak—so that his opponent cannot tear them off during the fight.


Cockfighting is illegal in Indiana along with possesing animals with the intent to fight or possessing fighting paraphanalia. Despite these laws, cockfighters still exist in Indiana and often travel to Kentucky, where cockfighting is illegal, but has a lesser penalty than Indiana. The "sport" is prevelent throughout the state of Kentucky and has a definite presence in Indiana.


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Hog-dog Fighting

(Also known as “hog-dog trials” or “hog-dog rodeos”)

In a “hog-catching” event, dogs (usually pit bulls) are put in a pen and timed for how quickly they can attack and pin a feral hog whose tusks have been cut off.


Handlers often use a breaking stick to pry apart the jaws of the biting dogs. The attack on the hog may be fatal. In a “hog-baying” event, dogs are timed for how quickly they can corner a hog. Injuries can result from dogs biting hogs or defensive hogs throwing dogs in the air. Attendees consider the events to be family entertainment.


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Animal fighting pits animals against each other in a fight for the purpose of human entertainment.


It is illegal and inhumane.



If you

suspect animal fighting,