A shocking investigative report by Lady Freethinker reveals that on Facebook, dogfighters are promoting their gruesome trade with alarming frequency. Posts may show dogs mauling each other, chained up in factory-like training facilities, or displaying the telltale scars and open wounds of fighting; they include coded language like Gr Ch (grand champion), 2xW (2 wins), and even “RIP.”
Unscrupulous breeders use Facebook to sell helpless puppies bred from fighting “champions,” shipping the dogs worldwide to face torture and death.
LFT’s undercover investigator found:
- More than 2,000 posts promoting dogfighting or trafficking animals used for fighting
- 150+ pages, groups and profiles actively promoting or engaged in the sale of animals for fighting
- 160,563 members/followers of the top five groups and pages alone
Facebook is an enormous platform used by billions of people around the world, and has the power for tremendous good — but only if such abuses are dealt with appropriately.
If nothing is done, cruel breeders will keep selling innocent puppies into dogfighting on Facebook, and dogfighters will continue to enjoy a massive platform to glorify this gruesome bloodsport, sending the message to billions of people — including impressionable children as young as 13 — that dogfighting is fun and recreational.
As a global tool for communication, advocacy, news, and commerce, Facebook has a responsibility to block content that induces cruelty to animals, and ensure that users do not promote violence toward any species. Additionally, they have an obligation to reach out to local law enforcement when animal cruelty is reported, and work with government officials to protect these animals.
Sign our petition to urge Facebook to proactively work on eliminating this dangerous content and stop the proliferation of the cruel and deadly dogfighting trade.
Sample Posts from Investigation: