25 Devastating Facts About The Dog Fighting Industry

As you have probably noticed according to the high number of dog-related posts that have appeared on our site, we at List25 are huge dog lovers. We have already published dozens of dog posts with a vast majority of them being nice, cute, and heartwarming. Posts such as these 25 Heart Warming Quotes For People Who Love Cats And Dogs, these 25 Heart Warming Before And After Photos Of Adopted Dogs, or these 25 Ridiculously Oversized Dogs That Forgot How Big They Are are sure to brighten up every dog person’s day. Today’s post is also dedicated to man’s best friend, but this time around, we will focus on one of the most heartbreaking and despicable things dogs are actually used for. One of the most heinous forms of animal cruelty, dog fighting is an inhumane blood-sport where dogs are bred, conditioned, and trained to fight each other for the profit of their owners and for entertainment of the perverted spectators. Although dog fighting is now an illegal activity in most of the world, it is – unfortunately – still popular in many countries. To raise awareness about this cruel and inhumane practice, we compiled this post with 25 Devastating Facts About The Dog Fighting Industry.

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The origin of dog fighting can be traced to ancient Roman times. The Romans pitted dogs (usually huge breeds known as Molossus) against each other. They also forced them to fight other animals such as wild elephants, lions, bears, and bulls in the Colosseum.

ColosseumSource: en.wikipedia.org, image: wikimedia.org

Historical accounts of dog fighting in the US can be dated back to the 1750's, but it was not until the end of the Civil War (1861-1865) when this cruel sport became widespread.

dog fightingSource: en.wikipedia.org, image: wikimedia.org


Dogs who are most commonly bred for fighting are generally known as “pit bulls”: Staffordshire terriers, American Staffordshire terriers, American bulldogs, and American pit bull terriers.

pit bullSource: peta.org, image: wikimedia.org

In the US, organized dog fighting activity seemed to decline in the 1990's, but many law enforcement and animal control officials feel that it has rebounded in recent years with the internet making it easier for dog fighters to exchange information about the fights. It is estimated that up to 100,000 people are involved in the dog fighting industry on non-professional basis in the US.

dog attackingSource: aspca.org, image: c1.staticflickr.com


A dog fight can last just a few minutes but also up to several hours.

dog fightSource: humanesociety.org, image: pixabay.com

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