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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.


  • March 1, 2017

    Guatemalan Congress approves animal welfare legislation

    The Guatemalan Congress voted to approve legislation that will improve the lives of animals throughout the country. It is the first time the legislative body presented this kind of bill, submitted by HSI and its local partners in 2016.

  • February 14, 2017

    Fifteen dogs rescued from dogfighting and neglect in Costa Rica

    A raid of a suspected dogfighting ring in Purral, Costa Rica, resulted in the rescue of 15 severely neglected dogs, several of whom showed clear signs of fighting. The Costa Rican National Animal Health Service conducted the seizure, with the help of HSI/Latin America and American Stafford Costa Rica.

  • February 6, 2017

    Mexico City enacts one of the most animal-friendly constitutions in the Americas

    HSI is celebrating the far reaching animal protection language found in Mexico City’s formally enacted new constitution, noting that it is one of the most animal-friendly constitutional texts in the Americas.

  • January 25, 2017

    Mexico bans dogfighting nationwide

    A reform of the Ecological Equilibrium and Environment Protection General Law, approved by both the Mexican Senate and House of Representatives, mandates that the Federation, the Federal States and Mexico City penalize dog fights within a year.

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