Making matters worse for pit bull owners, it has been widely reported in the media that many of the most wealthy and famous in professional sports have been participating and betting heavily in dogfighting. (Read the article on the website of ESPN.)
Dogfighting is an activity in which pit bulls are placed into a pit, where they fight each other to the death. American pit bull terriers account for 99 percent of the species involved in dogfighting. This perverse, inhumane misuse of “man’s best friend” replaced bear baiting when the latter was made illegal in the mid-1800’s.
The growing number of pit bull attacks on people appear to be a natural consequence of the twisted evolution of the pit bull by depraved “Pit Bull Men,” who strive to breed ever-more-vicious pit bulls, combined with the rampant proliferation of dog fighting. Pit bulls and Rottweilers have accounted for more than half of all canine-inflicted killings of humans in recent memory.
In the U.S., dogfighting is considered illegal in every state except Wyoming and Idaho, and in most states it is a felony. Despite that fact, according to The Humane Society, it’s estimated that somewhere between 20,000-40,000 people in this country take part in this multibillion-dollar industry.
At this moment, attention has focused on Quarterback Michael Vick of the Atlanta Falcons, the allegation being that he is one of the heavyweights of dogfighting. Surry County Commonwealth Attorney Gerald Poindexter told The Associated Press that the investigation against Vick is “moving forward.” (Read the article by clicking the link in the first paragraph of this post.)
Let’s see whether there is a prosecutor with the heart to “sack” Michael Vick for his role in this base form of animal cruelty. Vick says that “everybody loves me,” but see the video to judge for yourself whether dogfighting should make a fellow more, or less, lovable.