Dogfighting Undercover

Dogfighting is a blood sport utilized for entertainment and may also create a revenue stream from stud fees, admission fees, and gambling.

This BBC Documentary shows an Undercover Investigation into the secret and dangerous world of international dogfighting. For a year and a half, a BBC undercover team operated alongside dogfighting gangs in the UK and Europe, capturing on camera the savagery of organized fights. The film also reveals how American pitbull terriers – a banned breed created to be the ultimate canine gladiator – have been sold by the gangs into inner city Britain.

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  1. This focuses way too much on the breed. Just like most other dogs, pitbulls can be raised to be vicious or incredibly kind and loving. Every decade we go through another “evil” dog- including dobermans and german shepards in recent decades. If raised kindly, like all other dogs, pitbulls make perfect pets. This documentary does little more than raise hate for a breed that is already frowned upon. Shame on the makers.

  2.   I agree with Brian E, and all others with the same view for that matter, it’s by no means the dogs fault. Dogs want nothing more then to please their owner, at any cost. Wether it’s sit, roll over, or play dead, that’s what they know, so the dogs that tear one another limb from limb are, unfortunately, doing what they know. Penalties should be much harsher for the owners, give them a few years for first offence, ten for second, and life for third. But I think this should go for any dog attack.
      I’m 200lbs and was attacked a few years ago by a Jack Russel. The dog, unpervoked, went completely mad, and the only way to stop it was to infact stomp on the dog. I’m an animal lover and still cringe when I think what it took to stop this little dog. Turns out it was an re-occuring problem with this very dog, and I was the one deffending myself in court for animal cruelty, charges were eventually dismissed. NOTHING WAS EVER DONE TO THE OWNER!

  3. Funny you say@d4363d8d93e6e28969a404a337c365cd:disqus  “I have a pit bull and she is the sweetest dog. She is super strong and very tenatious, but is well trained.” I bet thats exactly what the owner of that miniature poodle said to all her gal pals.

  4. I do think this focused too much on the breed and not enough on the people. If you want to watch a really good, comprehensive doc about dog fighting, watch “Off the Chain,” also on this site. It’s very well made.

  5. In Australia a little 4 year old girl was killed 18 August 2011….in her lounge room while watching TV . The dog ran in from across the road.

    • Aussie here. I can recall a few instances similar to this, around this time – but never so cut and dry. Can you provide a link to a news article? It raises a significant number of other questions; like why were there no security screens on doors? Why were doors not closed/locked? Who was watching the child? Where were they during the attack? If the dog was off-leash/not secured properly and there was no home security in use at the victim’s premises, in what way is this even slightly the dogs fault? It is highly unlikely that the dog would have been sitting and stewing waiting for a time when it could get off-leash just to sprint across the road and run into the victim’s home, and attack a 4y/o child. The dog was attracted to/by something, add unfortunately for the little girl, there was insufficient monitoring of the dog, its security and her security. If a dog can stroll in and launch an attack, so could a complete stranger, stroll in and abduct the little girl. in this scenario she is probably lucky that it was a dog, as humans are far more unpredictable and have a greater penchant for suffering than a dog.

    • I’m sure a man has been shot buy a gun that was from the other side of the country, but that makes no difference. Imagine how many dog breeds have killed humans and divide it by the amount of times the dog has been mistreated and you’ll get an answer: Blame The Humans, Not the dogs.

  6. Rather than to blame these dogs, blame the people who (mis)train and mistreat them. I have a pit bull and she is the sweetest dog. She is super strong and very tenatious, but is well trained.

    I have been attacked by a dog when I was a child. The breed: miniature poodle. Any dog can be mean, whether by fault of breeding or wacky genes.

    • This doesn’t change that the consequences of being attacked by a strong dog like a pit bull are much more devastating. However, I agree that WAY too much focus is put on the breed (especially in this documentary) when it’s the people who are at fault, as you said.

      • Pitbulls get a bad rap. Respect the dog,and respect you will get. Education and early proper training for the responsible breed owner(s) fixes this from happening.Duh!

  7. These men would simply be sad and pathetic if it wasn’t for the horridous cruelty the cause dogss.

    Rather than inflciting pain on animals they should seek therapy for the underlying problems they clearly have, including low self-esteem and inability to accept they own homosexuality (nothing wrong with being gay but some of these individuals clearly are repressed and attempt to compensate by being overtly macho.) Also, I wouldn’t be surprised if most of them eitehr have small penises or can’t get it up.