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ASPCA's FAQ on Dog-Fighting

FAQ about Dog-Fighting from the ASPCA's website

Q. When and how did dog fighting come to America?

A. Although there are historical accounts of dog fights going back to the 1750’s, widespread activity emerged after the Civil War, with professional pits proliferating in the 1860’s, mainly in the Northeast. Many of the animals were brought from England and Ireland, where dog fighting had begun to flourish after bull-baiting and bear-baiting became illegal in the 1830’s. Ironically, it was a common entertainment for police officers and firemen, and the “Police Gazette” served as a major source of information on dog fighting for many years. Although many laws were passed outlawing the activity, dog fighting continued to expand throughout the 20th century.

Q. What has been the role of the ASPCA in combating dog fighting over the years? How does it do so today?

A. Henry Bergh, founder of the ASPCA, was particularly repulsed by the brutality of the dog fighting he saw in New York and elsewher…