You may be aware of the HSUS’ (Humane Society of the United States) End Dogfighting™ Campaigns. It started with Chicago in 2006. That success spurred a similar program in Atlanta in 2008. And for 2010, Philadelphia is next on the list of targeted urban areas.
The debasing world of underground dog fighting is rampant in the U.S. Even though dog fighting is a felony in all 50 states, a sub-culture of violence and blood lust for it still exists. HSUS is taking a grassroots approach by establishing programs in urban areas infected by dog fighting.
A very creative and compelling PSA (Public Service Announcement) was filmed by AnimalRescueAssociation.org that describes — from the dog’s point of view — the reality and atrocity of dog fighting.
The community outreach approach of HSUS is to seek out and hire local, respected community members who can educate, mediate and intervene with current and potential dog fighters. The four-point campaign focuses on:
Coming to Philadelphia
Rebecca Glenn-Dinwoodie, HSUS’ Coordinator to End Dogfighting™ in Philadelphia is planning on the campaign beginning by year end. The Philadelphia native has studied the city’s dog fighting statistics and she is currently negotiating with Philadelphia Department of Parks and Recreation.
A preventive approach to end dogfighting is HSUS’ intent. Glenn-Dinwoodie described for me the effect of HSUS’ End Dogfighting™ campaigns in Chicago and Atlanta: “How it engages kids is incredibly powerful and how it engages dogs is incredibly powerful, too.”
When queried as to why HSUS chose Philadelphia for its third campaign, Glenn-Dinwoodie said there were several anonymous benefactors who donated a large amount, earmarking it for startup in Philadelphia. Undoubtedly — with Michael Vick now a quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles — dogfighting in the city has reached a new level of awareness in the public consciousness. The Philadelphia Eagles organization is another donator that wants to see HSUS succeed in the city.
The time is ripe for HSUS to start preventing Philadelphia youngsters from the lure of dogfighting. Help a youth from entering a life of violence toward animals. Save a dog from a life of pain and misery at the hands of dog fighters.
Sean Moore with former fight dog, photo by Saverio Truglia used with permission.
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