In hog-dog fighting or “catch dog trials,” dogs chase trapped hogs in front of spectators. Players rank the dogs by how quickly they bite into a hog’s face and pull the screaming animal down. Dogs often injure the hogs horribly during the match, and the hogs may gore the dogs with their tusks.
Hog-dog fighting is most popular in the rural South. Ironically, it may be billed as family entertainment, but it is as violent as dogfighting and can similarly teach children to enjoy cruelty.
To give the dogs an advantage, handlers may outfit the dogs in Kevlar vests, or cut the hogs' tusks off. Dogs in training may be set upon helpless farm hogs. The hogs may die after dogs tear off their snouts, ears, or jaws.
After an exposé on hog-dog fighting, Ala., La., N.C., S.C., Tenn., and Miss. banned it, while attorneys general in Fla. and Texas declared that it violates their states' cruelty laws.
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April 20, 2012
The HSUS applauds the Mississippi legislature and Gov. Phil Bryant for passage of S.B. 2504, which extends the state’s prohibition on a cruel and inhumane form of staged animal combat called hog-dog fighting.
January 3, 2011
July 14, 2009
Following the nation's largest dogfighting raid, The HSUS has launched a national animal fighting tip line.
April 6, 2009
The HSUS commends Palmetto Family Council of South Carolina for its new publication, Dominion and Stewardship: A Biblical View of Animals.
February 28, 2014
The Maryland Senate unanimously passed legislation that will remedy a 2012 Court of Appeals ruling that deemed “pit bulls” to be “inherently dangerous.”
February 11, 2014
The Virginia House passed legislation to strengthen the state’s protections for victims of domestic violence and their beloved family pets. House Bill 972, sponsored by Delegate Ben Cline, R-Rockbridge, will authorize courts to grant care and custody of a family pet to petitioners of protective orders and passed unanimously with bipartisan support.
February 4, 2014
The U.S. Senate gave final approval to the Farm Bill today, and the bill now on its way to President Obama includes two major victories for animal welfare.
January 31, 2014
The Humane Society of the United States awarded Martin County Animal Shelter in North Carolina a $10,000 grant in honor of its decision stop euthanizing animals using a gas chamber.