Dog Fighting is Opposed

This 1923 Dog World article highlights the beginning of the opposition to dog fighting.

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An intensive campaign against the business of dog fighting has been in progress for the last two months, by the humane associations of this country according to a statement issued by officials of the Illinois Humane society.

“The movement was started by the National Humane Society and is being taken up generally throughout the country, according to our reports,” said George A. A. Scott, secretary of the Illinois Humane society.

The campaign had its incentive in the repeated challenges from one handler of fighting dogs to another published in a magazine that circulates rather freely among dog lovers. It appeared from published accounts of the pedigrees that these bull terriers that the dog fighting business was flourishing all over the country, despite the watchfulness of the humane societies, assisted by the laws of the every state and the police.

Reports reaching here indicate that a real interest is being taken in stamping out this evil and that the organized campaign is showing its effects.

Excerpted from Dog World magazine, May 1923, Vol. VIII, No. 5. For back issues of Dog World, click here.

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