Seven boys between the ages of 11 and 14 were arrested in connection with a vicious dog fight in Muizenberg on Friday, (Muizenberg is a beach-side suburb of Cape Town, South Africa.)
Two Pit Bulls and a German Shepherd were confiscated. All were injured and one of the animals had sustained huge, severe gashes to its nose and neck area, reports NewAge.com.
“It is a national scourge spiraling out of control,” Allan Perrin CEO of The Cape of Good Hope Society for the Prevention of Cruelty of Animals (SPCA), commented on the epidemic of bloody dog fighting in the Peninsula.
“We need stricter by-laws to be imposed limiting breeders to two Pit Bulls and we have come across where 20 Pit Bulls are sharing a small space and in one of the extreme cases a breeder had between 70 to 100 Pit Bulls on his premises,” said Perrins.
“The sentences handed to those found guilty of violating the Animal Protection Act, Act 71 of 1962 should serve as deterrent. Fines do not have the desired effect,” he said.
Captain Frederick van Wyk of the Cape Town Police Department said: “We can confirm that seven boys were arrested and will appear in the Muizenberg Magistrates Court on a charge under the Animal Protection Act tomorrow.”
When asked to comment on the arrest of the young boys, Perrins said: “Any one of these youngsters could have sustained serious wounds if they have tried to stop the brawl. In such cases these aggressive dogs will turn on these defenseless kids and tear them apart, he said.”
DOG FIGHTING: “NATIONAL SCOURGE SPIRALING OUT OF CONTROL”
Perrins added that the incident involving the seven boys emphasizes the need for a multi-faceted approach to curtail this blood sport.
“We are making a big mistake if we think that dog fighting is only confined to poor communities in the Western Cape,” he said, adding that it is sad that man’s best friend is used as a bloody deadly weapon by national syndicates.
TASK FORCE INFILTRATED DOG-FIGHTING RING
On May 15, 2012, a joint task team infiltrated a dog-fighting ring that stretch from Nelson Mandela Bay, to Jeffreys Bay, Humansorp, Plettenberg Bay and East London and varied from organized syndicates to street fights,” Perrin stated.
During a raid at a dog-fighting club at a house in the Ladywood area in Plettenberg, officers busted 10 people, between the ages of 33 and 51-years-old, who were charged with conducting illegal animal fights and eight Pit Bull terriers. Two of the dogs were seriously injured, he said.
Southern Cape police report: “The blood sport is big business, with the puppies of champion fighters easily fetching more than $1,000 (R10,000) each.
“The SPCA and police said they are targeting wealthy dog-fighting syndicates that were backed by influential players including government officials and businessmen, with Plettenberg Bay one of the hot spots,” said Captain Malcolm Pojie.
BREEDING DOGS (PIT BULLS) USED FOR FIGHTING
Curtailing breeding is essential to ending the scourge of dog fighting. Dog fighters make the majority of their money from breeding. A dog (male or female) need only win three matches consecutively to become a Champion and earn big money for pups that carry the dog’s bloodline. Five consecutive wins increases the value as the dog gains the title of Grand Champion (Gr Champ). Just producing winning dogs earns a Registry of Merit (ROM) which has value in the industry’s voracious appetite for dogs that kill faster.
Dog fighters keep scrupulous records of breeding, when/where the dogs are fought, how long the match lasts before one is killed or so critically injured that it can’t continue, and winners produced by a specific breeder or owner.
The main purpose of conditioning the dogs to fight better is to sell as many offspring as possible at the highest price. (It is not true that the dogs only fight because they are “trained” to do so. The fighting instinct is genetic and is called the “bloodline.” Conditioning the dog enhances its endurance but does not “cause/train” it to fight.)
In dog fighting, the goal is to keep up the volume of pups in order to “preserve the breed.” Continuous breeding is the only way to maintain “game” bloodlines in competitions where there is usually only one survivor.
If the United States and other countries with severe penalties for dog fighting are serious about impacting this undeniable international “scourge that is spiraling out of control,” then they must specifically add “breeding dogs for fighting” at the same level of punishment as actually “fighting” the animal.
Passing stricter penalties for dog fighting without including the same penalties for breeding dogs (especially Pit Bulls) to be used for fighting will never cut off the endless supply of victims needed to maintain the flow of gambling money from blood-thirsty spectators, which is the real lifeline of dog fighting.
Source: The New Age