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Thread #122909   Message #2701829
Posted By: Q (Frank Staplin)
16-Aug-09 - 05:24 PM
Thread Name: BS: Michael Vick, dog-fighter, is an Eagle
Subject: RE: BS: Michael Vick, dog-fighter, is an Eagle
SharonA will be boss of the lynch mob. Fine!

Dog fighting was not outlawed in all states until 1976. The Federal Law with the penalties assessed Vick came in in 2007. In Wyoming, it is only a misdemeanor.
As to numbers and communities involved, the statement is from Wayne Pacelle, HSUS, and is not mine, but on visits to many states in the southern tier, southern Illinois and Hawai'i, the fights seem to be common knowledge.
Texas, Arizona and New Mexico can do little because the fights and betting often take place across the border in Mexico where they are legal.

The Humane Society has estimated "more than 40,000 people across the country buy and sell fighting dogs and are involved in dogfighting activities" (from Wikipedia article).

Wikipedia- "Despite legality issues, dogs are still commonly used for fighting purposes all across the continent. The American Pit Bull (American Staffordshire, AKC) is the most popular, but forign breeds such as Dogo Argentino...and Preso Canario are gaining popularity....In Miami-Dade County, Florida, where the APBT is banned, the Dogo Argentino has become the main fighting dog of choice, being used at both organized and street level dog fighting.
In 2005 in Oklahoma, 200 dogs were seized in one raid.

Rhonda Evans, University of Louisiana, says "owners of high-dollar fighting dogs spanned all walks of life and social classes, with a common link of a "machismo mentality."
Jay-Z and some other rappers glorify dog-fighting.

Bait dogs (stolen pets) are used in training (Pima Co. AZ, bait dogs had snouts wrapped to prevent them from injuring fighting dogs).
"Patricia Wagner, head of the National Illegal Animal Fighting Task Force for the Humane Society of the U. S., said "I think every state has a problem with it, whether they know it or not."