Recently, we heard the news of dogs being rescued from Laguna. Police raided a dogfighting facility in a town south of Manila and rescued around 300 pit bulls, many with ripped ears and tongues. South Koreans were suspected of operating the said illegal facility and they were arrested along with four Filipino security guards.
This is a saddening news for dog lovers not only in the Philippines but for all dog loving people across the world. Filipinos condemned such activities and it just proved what most of us know, that dogfighting exists.
An estimated 40,000 people in the United States are involved in professional dogfighting, an illegal blood sport with fight purses as high as $100,000. According to the Humane Society of the United States the nightmare of dogfighting is growing.
This nightmare has reached the Philippines and will continue to slowly sneak in our own backyard if Filipinos will not be vigilant. The captured suspects were of foreign nationality however foreigners cannot perform illegal activities here if our people will not allow it.
Filipinos Psyche Tweaked
Quite a few times, when I was taking my regular walk with my Labrador named Sophie, we came across some dog owners who would either pick up their dog or stay away. Like this was not enough, they give out comments like – “Malaki yan . Hindi mo kaya yan!” (That’s big. You don’t stand a chance). What were they thinking? My Labrador attacking their dog? It’s a trained Labrador, it will be the last thing in her mind. This thinking might have been brought about by things that they read or hearsays that big dogs are aggressive.
Another instance, while walking, a kid with his Aspin comes up near us and gave a comment which grabbed my attention. The kid said “Laban! Laban!”(Fight! Fight!). The kid was but a grade-schooler holding his dog’s leash. I could not imagine what came up with this kid. Could it be that he heard adults talking about dogfighting? Or did this kid witness a real dog fight or worse, witnessed a blood sport?
According to AntiCruelty.org, dogfighting promotes crime, such as cruelty to animals, violence to others, theft, drug use/possession/distribution, illegal weapons use/possession, and gambling. It also creates fear in our neighborhood on being attacked or killed by dogs, as well as fear of people who use fighting dogs to intimidate others.
Once a Nanny Dog Breed
It is no surprise that the breed once known to be very gentle was transformed into a notorious breed used in dogfighting. The once nanny dog is now a fighting machine- the Pit Bull Terrier. During the first half of the 20th century, the American Pit Bull Terrier was the closest thing the United States of America had for a national dog. Pit Bulls were the dog of choice for famous personages such as Helen Keller, Laura Ingalls Wilder (of Little House on the Prairie fame), and President Theodore Roosevelt to name a few. This all changed in a very short time.
The Pit Bull Terrier has received such a bad rap for being a mean machine. All because of these illegal activities and bad rapport as portrayed by media. It is the position of Dog Coach Francis to promote the breed and educate Filipinos on the true potential of the Pit Bull Terrier. Dog Coach Francis absolutely disapproves of dog fighting and all activities related to animal cruelty. There are rescue groups like CARA and Island Rescue Org. who are in need of support in rehabilitating the rescued dogs from Laguna, donations whether in kind and cash is appreciated. Help stop dogfighting and promote responsible dog ownership.
*photo by Bernard Testa,InterAksyon.com