Commissioned by the League Against Cruel Sports, the report is the first comprehensive look at dog fighting in the UK, and also highlights:
- Three distinct 'levels' of dog fighting: Street Rolls, Hobbyist and Professional
- Horrific injuries patched up by 'street' surgeons using only superglue or staples
- Training methods using 'bait' animals such as cats
- Organised dog fights that can last up to 5 hours
The authors of the report, criminologists Dr Simon Harding and Dr Angus Nurse spoke to a large range of people including those involved in dog fighting, and examined the practices, motivations and extent of dog fighting as well as the means to tackle it.
Tom Quinn, Campaigns Director for League Against Cruel Sports said: "The UK's dog lovers will be sickened to learn that the cruelty of dogfighting, which can result in torn flesh, blood loss, disembowelment or even death, continues to go on in this country.
"Traditionally dog fighting was hidden away in rural areas and managed almost to a professional level. Now we're seeing a move to urban areas, where dog fighting is becoming a way of establishing dominance, often related to gang activity. Either way, it's often about machismo and money, and the dogs will inevitably suffer."