Quarterback to an Illegal World
There are an estimated 20,000 to 40,000 dogfight spectators and participants in the United States (Bacon, 2007). Dog fighting is illegal in all 50 states. In Wyoming and it's a misdemeanor and a felony everywhere else. In certain states where dog fighting is a felony, it's legal to own a fighting dog or be a spectator at a dogfight. Dog fighting has been around for hundreds to thousands of years. The Romans, Greeks, Spanish and French began the use dogs for fighting. Dogs that were called gladiators were bred for the dog fighting purposes. The British began breeding the bulldog for dog fighting reasons, but it was the Romans who began breeding the bulldogs. The dogs that the British used are known today as the American Pit Bull Terrier. The bulldog is known for being used to control bulls, and also by hunters to help them in catching and/or holding wild boars or other big game. Because of the bull dog’s ability, they became used in the sport of bullbaiting. Bullbaiting is where bulldogs and other larger animals were placed together in a small arena in order to fight (Wikipedia, 2007). Animals used in this “game” were horses, bears, and lions. Bullbaiting became outlawed, and the birth of full blown dog fighting arrived. Dog Fighting was easier on the owners because they no longer had to worry about larger animals or worry about finding an arena large enough for the fight. The fights could take place more secretly because of this also. Dog fighting breeders specifically searched for dogs with gaming and aggressive behavior. These types of dogs tended to do better and make the owner more money. Dog fighting has been seen through out the 1800s...