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Many countries are still battling organized, large-scale dogfighting operations as well as small backyard dogfighting. HSI is working to stop these practices through better policy and enforcement.

"Man’s best friend" may fight to the death in dogfights, often with tens of thousands of dollars at stake. Dogfighters sometimes kill the losing dogs, and even winners may die from their wounds. Police often discover drugs, guns, and even murder in connection with dogfights.

Together, we can save dogs from this abuse.


  • June 13, 2014

    Costa Rican Congress Shows Support for Animal Welfare Bill

    At an event at the Costa Rican Congress yesterday, 48 out of 57 members of Congress publicly committed to vote to strengthen the existing animal welfare laws in the country.

  • April 30, 2014

    Going Nuclear Against Dogfighting

    HSI and The HSUS have one overarching goal related to dogfighting: annihilate it, everywhere.

  • April 30, 2014

    Costa Rican Congress Passes Dogfighting Legislation

    Regional Director of HSI Latin America Cynthia Dent welcomed the Costa Rican congress' ratification on second and final debate of legislation to increase penalties for dogfighting by unanimous vote.

  • April 24, 2014

    Costa Rica Launches Dedicated Dogfighting Tip Line

    The Costa Rican National Animal Health Service in partnership with HSI-Latin America, made available to the public the first Tip Line for Complaints Against Dogfighting. Costa Ricans can send videos, photos and messages by cell phone that will identify people or places involved in dogfighting activities.

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