"Sugar" Shane Mosley is a fierce opponent in the ring, but when it comes to dogs, he's just as sweet as his nickname. Shane took time out from KOs at his training camp in Big Bear, California, to star in two anti-dogfighting public service announcements (PSAs) for peta2. In the ads, Shane gives dogfighting the one-two punch, reminding his fans that dogfighting is a loser's game and that only cowards participate in it.
As Shane points out in the ads, boxers choose to fight for a living, but dogs who are used for fighting don't have any choice. Dogs used in fighting rings are typically kept in tiny cages or outdoors on heavy chains 24 hours a day—the worst punishment imaginable for social animals who need companionship and something interesting to do. To make them aggressive, dogfighters often starve, beat, and taunt them, and they use smaller animals (who are sometimes stolen from people's yards) as "bait."
Dogs who survive fights often sustain serious injuries, such as broken bones and crushed cartilage. Many suffer and die from blood loss, shock, dehydration, exhaustion, or infection hours or days after a fight. Dogfighters often "dispose" of dogs who lose fights by shooting, drowning, or burning them alive. Dogfighting is illegal in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
Shane knows that real champions are kind to animals. Check out what else he told us during his shoot for peta2.
Please join Shane and other athletes, such as Tito Ortiz, in the fight to stop cruelty to animals by signing our pledge. By signing your name, you're telling the world that you'll report known or suspected dogfighting to the police and that you'll never support this cruel blood sport yourself.
I Pledge Not to Support Dogfighting
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Dogfighting is an illegal blood sport that shouldn't be accepted in any community. By signing my name here, I pledge not to support this cruel 'sport' and to report any suspected incidences of dogfighting in my area.