Steve McCabe MP calls for an end to dog fighting as new report exposes extent of ‘banned’ sport in UK

Steve McCabe MP is supporting calls to make it easier to convict people involved in the barbaric ‘sport’ of dog-fighting after a new report disclosed shocking new information. 

The report -‘Betrayal of Trust: The Tragedy of Dog Fighting’ - reveals at least one dog fight is likely to take place every day of the year somewhere in the UK despite the cruel practice having been outlawed almost 200 years ago. 

Commissioned by the League Against Cruel Sports, the report is the first comprehensive look at dog fighting in the UK, and also highlights:

·         Three distinct ‘levels’ of dog fighting: Street Rolls, Hobbyist and Professional

·         Horrific injuries patched up by ‘street’ surgeons using only superglue or staples

·         Training methods using ‘bait’ animals such as cats

·         Organised dog fights that can last up to 5 hours

The authors of the report, criminologists Dr Simon Harding and Dr Angus Nurse spoke to a large range of people including those involved in dog fighting, and examined the practices, motivations and extent of dog fighting as well as the means to tackle it.

Steve McCabe MP said:

“I’m backing the League Against Cruel Sports’ calls to end dog fighting quite simply because it is cruel, barbaric and illegal. The rise of dog fighting in urban areas is extremely worrying and anyone who is aware of the practice happening locally should report what they have witnessed to West Midlands Police to help bring this cruel sport to an end.”

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