The human race is a primitive species and to prove it look at the history of dog fighting. From its inception when men took their dogs to war as far back as the Roman Empire the owners took pride in their fighting dogs. When the Romans brought their fighting dogs to England the English dogs were far more vicious. The English created the sport of bull and bear baiting. They would tether a bull or bear and let their dog attack the animal. It was as popular a sport in England as it was in the Roman Coliseum. The Romans developed a breed of fighting dog importing them from many countries throughout Europe and bred them with the superior fighting dog from England and their own fighting dogs. Dog fighting emerged in the United States prior to the Civil War. Through selective breeding emerged the American Pit Bull Terrier (Pit Bull), not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
Pit bulls were bred form the English bull-baiting dog that was “bred to bite and hold bulls, bears and other large animals around the face and head and to hang on without releasing their grip, until the animal was exhausted from fighting and from loss of blood.” Americans wanted a lighter more agile animal and began the process of creating the American Pit Bull Terrier.
In nature animals usually do not fight to the death. The driving force for existence in the wild is reproduction using the tools of natural selection to production the survival of the fittest. A dead animal cannot add his genes to the gene pool. Females will fight to protect their offspring but not to the death. Males fight for breeding rights winning by intimidation. Prey animals that are weak or injured fall to the carnivores.
To this day the dog fight is considered a gaming or sport activity though a Federal felony it continues to gain supporters. In 2012, An elected official U.S. Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa opposed H.R. 2492 a Federal bill amendment to inforce the crime of dog and cock fighting The citizens of the United States must take responsibility for those they vote into office and support in popularity.
Wayne Pacelle, president and Chief Executive Officer of The Humane Society of the United States said, “Animal fighting is often tied to narcotics trafficking, illegal gambling, gang activity and other criminal behavior, and these enterprises commonly cross state lines and require a federal capacity to crack down on them.”
Milwaukee residence who want more information regarding dog fighting can contact the Wisconsin Humane Society, Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control (MADAC).