UK: Dogfighting – Help The League Against Cruel Sports To Take Tougher Action.


It’s time to take a stand against dog fighting

Dog fighting as a ‘sport’ was banned in the UK in 1835, as even then it was considered barbaric.

But this horrific form of dog abuse continues.

Dog fighting remains a significant animal welfare issue in the UK.

It’s one of the most horrific forms of organised animal cruelty, not only for the violence the dogs endure during fights but because of the trauma they suffer throughout their lives. Training methods brutalise and fights inflict untold physical and mental suffering on ‘man’s best friend’.

We’re determined to expose and help prevent dog fighting in the UK and we’re asking the Government to take action to stamp it out.

Rewards for information

Do you have information about dog fighting in your area?

We’re looking for information about anyone involved in dogfighting, the locations of dog fights and information about any animal used or stolen for dog fighting. You could be eligible for a reward of up to £1,000.

Report any evidence of dog fighting in your area to our Animal Crimewatch team.

The three levels of dog fighting

Dog fighting operates at three levels, each of which will look different to an onlooker:

  • Level One – Street Rolls Dogs are forced into spontaneous fights in urban parks and housing estates without much planning, rules or specific training.

  • Level Two – Hobbyist: Often these people aspire to be professional dog fighters. Many are affiliations to gangs and have criminal convictions for other offences. These fights involve more ‘rules’ and formalised training regimes.

  • Level Three – Professional: Professional dog fighters are part of sophisticated dog fighting rings operating in the UK and worldwide with links to other serious crimes. Strict training regimes and rules apply and large sums of cash are wagered on the outcome of fights that last from 30 minutes to 5 hours.

Dogs forced into fighting suffer terrible injuries, both from the fights and at the hands of their vicious ‘owners’. Most will ultimately be killed in the ring or die soon after from their injuries. Those who can no longer fight are often brutally dispatched.

Watch Cupcake’s Story – A Dog Fighting Survivor. A moving but uplifting story of a dog that survived



Scale and prevalence in the UK

Dog fighting operates deep underground. It’s difficult – and often dangerous – to find information about what’s going on and who’s involved. Our investigators work tirelessly to raise awareness and bring these people to justice. Often this means working in difficult and dangerous situations.

There are many indicators that show dog fighting continues to be a significant animal welfare issue in the UK. Figures from the RSPCA show a steady number of calls relating to dog fighting over the last 10 years. Other evidence of dogs being imported for fighting, the clandestine sale of dogs in dark alleys for large sums of money, the seeming need for dogs as protection, and the apparent growth in the number of stolen dogs also indicate it’s on the increase.

In 2015 we ran Project Bloodline, an investigation aimed at exposing the scale of dog fighting in the UK. Basing ourselves in area which we consider ‘average’ in terms of suspected dog fighting activity – urban areas within Bedfordshire – we set about trying to uncovering the truth.

Within just a short space of time we received 40 pieces of intelligence which gave us an insight into the dark world of dog fighting including:

  • Reports of dogs being trained for fighting by being ‘body slammed’ and ‘head slammed’ against a wall to toughen them up.

  • The bodies of dead dogs used for fighting dumped near farmland.

  • Prohibited breeds being bred to supply the dog fighting and status dogs market.

  • A significant clandestine market in the trade of potential fighting dogs – our investigators were offered puppies for £1,000 each by a masked man during the operation.

  • We also were introduced to Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Cupcake, who had been used for fighting, her teeth ground down probably by trying to bite through the bars of her cage or chain.

We’ve now widened our investigations to key locations around the UK. We work with the public, rescue centres, veterinarians, community groups, law enforcement and politicians to raise awareness, to help communities tackle it and of course to support the animals that have been rescued from this living hell.

Dog fighting and other serious crime

Horrendous as dog fighting is, it’s not purely a matter of animal welfare.

Evidence from the UK and internationally points to dog fighting being a ‘gateway’ crime to serious and organised offences such as drug dealing and violence. Links between animal abuse and human abuse are also clear.

For this reason, in the United States, dog fighting is recognised by the FBI as a Grade A felony offence and it’s acknowledged as a way of identifying and tackling other criminal activity too.

An action plan for the UK

We’ve set out what needs to be done in our National Dog Fighting Action Plan. The plan comprises many elements based around the three areas of Prevention, Understanding and Prosecution (P.U.P).

Key recommendations include:

  • The formation of a National Dog Fighting Task Force

  • Dog fighting to be recorded as a specific offence separate to animal fighting in order to enable the scale of the problem to be more accurately assessed

  • Increased penalties of up to five years for the worst dog fighting offenders

  • The Dangerous Dogs Act should be reviewed as a matter of urgency

  • The implementation of a national register for individuals banned from keeping dogs to prevent those already convicted of animal cruelty from being able to re-offend.

Help us end dog fighting

  • Sign our petition for stronger penalties for dog fighting

  • Report any evidence you have of dog fighting in your area to our Animal Crimewatch team

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Hunting terror

By Helmut F. Kaplan*

Above all false talk about the alleged ecological necessity of the hunt (if we really care about the environment, we would have to start somewhere else, for example, by car traffic!) we should not forget one thing: the hunt is an uninterrupted, indescribable terror against animals.

After such a cowardly attack on the innocent and the defenseless, there is pure terror and pure panic in the forest: children are desperately looking for their parents, parents are desperately looking for their children and an end to the massacre is not in sight.


Once the hunters have climbed into their bloodlust, the killing knows no bounds.



It is difficult to find a reasonably adequate comparison for this unique terror against animals. Nevertheless, I try: A peaceful Easter Sunday, people go out into nature, they talk, the children play and everyone is happy about the wonderful weather. And suddenly a terrorist group ambushes and sets up a gruesome bloodbath.

Of course, this comparison is immensely limp: for humans, such attacks are the extreme exception, for animals they are the terrible rule. And for people, after such a robbery comes the rescue to care for the injured.

In animals, the killers return to shoot the survivors.


(Translation: Venus)

*Helmut Kaplan is an Austrian animal ethicist and philosopher.


USA: The Trump Administration will now ALLOW the Import of Elephant Hunting Trophies to Resume. MAGA ?? – Doubt It !

In a move that could further imperil Africa’s already endangered elephants; the Trump administration will now ALLOW the import of elephant hunting trophies to resume.

The move comes as the administration establishes a taxpayer funded advisory council, stacked with die-hard trophy hunters, that will advise on how to promote the killing of more imperiled species; such as elephants and lions; for alleged ‘sport’.

In November 2017, the Interior Department announced plans to reverse the Obama-era ban on elephant trophy imports from Zimbabwe.  Originally, Trump tweeted (as always !) and called elephant hunting a ‘horror show’.  It appeared that he was going to keep the ban in place.  But by March this year, the administration had reversed course again, quietly deciding to consider permits for trophy imports on a case by case basis.

Not only did the administration slip its reversal announcement under the radar, but its new process for approving trophy hunting is entirely shielded from public view.  With such a cosy relationship between the administration and the trophy hunting groups (like Safari Club International) and the NRA; it can be assured that the ‘case by case’ decisions are going to come down in favour of the hunters all the time.  As Trumps sons Donald Jnr and Eric are so into sports hunting, the administrations oddly named ‘International Wildlife Conservation Council (IWCC) is packed with trophy hunting advocates.

Appointed members include the NRA’s director of hunting policy, a ‘celebrity hunter’ who co produced the reality tv show “Extreme Huntress’ and the co owner, with Trumps sons; of a hunting preserve in upstate New York.

In the meantime, the administration rejected scores of qualified candidates from the conservation community, including the NRDC Senior Attorney Andrew Wetzler; who is an expert in endangered species law; and a person who was backed by six other prominent conservation and animal welfare organisations.

So, letting a select committee comprised of trophy hunting interests decide the fate of elephants and other endangered species is a recipe for disaster.

As for Trump and ‘making America great again’; we at SAV doubt that the environmental organisations of the world will see this as anything but ‘great’; quite the opposite.  Once again; the Trumps making sure that they personally do best from new policy, and stuff everyone else.


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