In India they are secretly fighting with dreaded dogs

Edited by DW News,Updated: 15 September 2022 06:16

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In India they are secretly fighting with dreaded dogs

The way two boxers fight in the ring, just like the fearsome dogs fight in India. People have made this illegal game professional with the lust of money and fame. Dogs also die in fights, a bloody game is going on in small towns, streets and neighborhoods, under the footsteps of big cities and in the dark of night, of which the majority of the population of India is not very aware. This is a very dangerous and deadly game. Here the humans don’t fight each other, the dogs do. That too, not for a few minutes but for three or three hours, the dogs continue to fight. They fight until they give up or the dogs in front of them break and kill them. Sometimes dogs are so injured that they die within days. To save the mistress, to see the dog fighting or fighting, the dog confronts the lion, sometimes the whole village is involved, and sometimes the event is organized on a small scale. Surprisingly, this type of fighting is illegal and people often enjoy watching the fights without voice. Whether they are educated, illiterate or old, even 11th and 12th graders come to watch this kind of game. People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and Delhi-based non-profit organization Fauna Police investigated these games over a year and made many shocking revelations. In these dog fights, dogs fight for a bet. Fighting dogs are designed in such a way that they can be as fierce as possible and tackle their rival animal to the ground or kill it. PETA India in its research found that dogs suffer serious injuries in these fights. PETA says it is a bloody game, which is organized illegally in Haryana, Punjab, Rajasthan, Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh, as well as union territories like Delhi and Jammu and Kashmir. PETA has also posted some videos on its social media site, showing dogs bleeding. The dogs seem determined to kill each other. These types of dog fights are organized from small to large championships. And the owner of the winning dog not only receives cash as a reward, but is also presented with a challenge to fight harder after winning. Once the dog wins, its price goes up and it immediately finds a buyer. Abhinav Sriharan of the Delhi-based non-profit Wildlife Police told DW that this type of dog fighting quickly spread after songs by Punjabi singers depicting aggressive dogs and violent-looking dogs were performed in a glamorous way. “We found 1,100 to 1,200 videos of dog fights and 1,200 to 1,300 of them hunting wild animals in one year,” he said. Sriharan says dog fighters sometimes post videos on social media for the hobby or share them in their groups. He says people do it to increase their status. PETA says that along with fighting dogs, people also root for animals and some people gather just to watch this cruelty. Sometimes dogs are killed fighting each other. PETA India and the Wildlife Police have received about 2,500 videos of dog fights. Sriharan claims that he also has videos of these dogs being hunted. He said that racing dogs and bully dogs are used to hunt pangolins, Asian civets, foxes, leopards and wild boars and other creatures, which is a serious violation of the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972. According to Dr. Nitin Krishnagowda, veterinary policy advisor for PETA India, “these dog fighters select secret bases. They instigate dog fights and bloody fights between them.” How it started in India Although in India it is illegal to incite animals to fight with each other under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1960, but still such events continue to happen across the country . Pit bulls are bred for use in these battles or kept on heavy chains as attack dogs. That is why they have to face exploitation throughout their lives. Sriharan tells DW that these dog fights are taking place in countries like China and Korea and that champion bloodlines (sons of champion dogs) are being brought into India illegally. These dogs are being bred and sold. They say these dogs are being bred with aggressive instincts and there is fear that if these dogs enter someone’s home as a pet, there could be serious danger. PETA found in its investigation that Pakistani bully dogs and other mixed-breed dogs used in dog fighting are trained to kill civets, foxes, leopards and Asian wild boars. Because of this illegal act, dog children are encouraged to fight each other from a young age. The trend of pit bull breeding has increased in India in recent years. Especially in Punjab, Haryana, Delhi and western Uttar Pradesh, people keep it to boost their pride, but sometimes attacks by these dogs have proved fatal. In one year, there have been many cases of pit bull dog attacks. In the same year in Lucknow, an elderly woman was killed after being attacked by a pit bull, before in Meerut also a girl was attacked by a pit bull in which she was seriously injured. In Punjab, a 13-year-old boy’s ear was bitten off by a dog of this species and later a woman was attacked by this dangerous dog in Gurugram, Haryana. Dogs’ eyes shine when reunited with owner After the Lucknow incident, many people no longer want to keep Pitbull at home and leave their pet with an NGO that cares for dogs. In the last two months, five to six owners of pit bull dogs have been abandoned by an NGO in Noida, House of Stray Animals. PETA India has requested the Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying to amend the rules of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Breeding and Marketing of Dogs) Act, 2017 regarding the breeding and rearing of pitbull and other breeds of dogs” thugs” used for these fights. A ban has been requested. Sriharan says that until a few years ago, dog fighting used to take place in small localities, but it has expanded to reach states like Maharashtra and Chennai. The owner of the winning dog gets a reward ranging from one thousand rupees to thousands of rupees and there are allegations that even after all efforts the police and administration are not able to curb these illegal games . Sriharan says he has received threats from dog fighters several times but will continue to fight against this dangerous sport that is growing in the country.

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