August 25, 2009
The HSUS Pays 50th Reward for Animal Fighting Tips
The Humane Society of the United States has paid out its 50th reward for information leading to arrests for violations of state and federal animal fighting laws. Since it doubled its animal fighting reward amountin 2007, The HSUS paid $157,470 in rewards to informants. As a result, more than 2,000 animals were removed from animal fighting operations in 16 states.
"Numerous animal fighting operations are now out of business for good and thousands of animals have been saved," said Ann Chynoweth, senior director of animal cruelty and fighting for the Humane Society of the United States. "The success of this program shows that people want to end the scourge of animal fighting, and we are thankful for their courage."
The HSUS has long offered rewards for information leading to the arrest and conviction of individuals who commit acts of animal cruelty. Thanks to a generous grant from the Holland M. Ware Charitable Foundation, The HSUS is able to offer a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of an animal fighter. The reward amount varies based on the size and scope of the raid that occurs as a result of the tip.
The grant also funds investigations of suspected animal fighting operations, and The HSUS' work with law enforcement agencies to raid operations.
- In July 2009 The HSUS expanded its animal fighting tip line, 877-TIP-HSUS, nationally.
- Dogfighting is a felony in every state. Cockfighting is illegal across the country, with varying penalties. In some cases, animal fighting is also a violation of federal law.
- Dogfighting is a criminal industry; more than 250,000 dogs are placed in dogfighting pits each year.
- The HSUS estimates that 40,000 people follow organized dogfighting circuits across the United States while an additional 100,000 meet on neighborhood streets, alleys and hideaways to engage in street dogfighting.
- Tens of thousands of people are involved in cockfighting nationwide.
- Common cockfighting practices include breeding birds for viciousness, drugging them to heighten aggression and fitting their legs with razor-sharp knives or gaffs, which resemble curved ice picks.
- Law enforcement raids across the country have revealed that cockfights, which are frequently attended by children, often involve illegal drugs, gambling and firearms and other weapons.
Follow The HSUS on Twitter.
The Humane Society of the United States is the nation's largest animal protection organization — backed by 11 million Americans, or one of every 28. For more than a half-century, The HSUS has been fighting for the protection of all animals through advocacy, education, and hands-on programs. Celebrating animals and confronting cruelty — On the Web at humanesociety.org.