Pit Bull Fighting

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Cassie Rollock
EN 1O1 - C
Topic 2
Pitbull Fighting

Dog fighting is a form of gambling in which dogs are bred to fight, often to the death. Although it is illegal in many countries, it is still used as a form of entertainment to many people. Pitbulls are one of the breeds used most often in dog fighting in the US. Pitbulls are now banned in many apartments and even states because people think that all pitbulls are born dangerous. Because of this, pitbulls attract the worst kinds of owners; People who are not interested in having them as a companion, but as a source profit from fighting or sometimes as protection.

Pitbulls were originally bred as bull-baiting dogs. They were purposely bred to have tough skin that can sustain many bites. When using animals as bait was banned, people started to fight their dogs against each other. Now, pitbulls are bred by some people solely for fighting while they are also bred by others for companions and as show dogs. When bred and cared for correctly, pitbulls are friendly, loyal, affectionate dogs. But when raised badly they can be vicious fighting dogs.

The most common form of pitbull fighting is street fighting, opposed to professional fighting. There are people out there that have fights in their own basements. Street fighting happens almost everywhere and is growing greatly. Professional fighting, on the other hand, is much less common and is often where the most money is bet. Professional fighting has its own set of rules, magazines, and even code words.

Although animal fighting is illegal in all 50 states it still happens. In dog fighting, the dogs aren’t the only animals to get hurt. Often, dog owners train them to not be aggressive to them, so that the owner can always be in control, but they train them to be aggressive to almost all other animals. Often smaller animals, like cats or bunnies, are used to train the animals and to encourage the aggressive behavior.

The ASPCA has done a lot to...
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