Newman Government to provide veterinarians for selected dog fights

Newman Government to provide veterinarians for selected dog fights

21 December, 2014. 18:24

CLANCY OVERELL | Editor | clancy@betootaadvocate.com

In what is sure to be an exceptionally controversial move, the Newman Government has this week announced that it is rolling out a trial program that will see qualified veterinarians present at selected Queensland dog fights.

This follows a recent survey conducted by PETA which reports that 11.6% of Queenslanders have been to an organised dog fight, with a startling 7.2% of residents of the sunshine state having attended an organised dog fight in the past year.

Queensland’s high dog fighting attendances (more than 300% higher than that of New South Wales) has resulted in many animal welfare groups branding Queensland as a state that is behind the times.

"Chainsaw" the reigning the QLD dog fighter
“Chainsaw” the reigning the QLD dog fighting champion, three years running.

“That is ridiculous to say that we live in the past up here, it’s only one hour and it’s only for half the year anyway” was the reply from Premier Campbell Newman’s office when contacted last night.

“Dog fighting in our state is at plague proportion.” explains Young liberal representative, Angus Harvey-Ross.

“We’ve been attempting to combat this by liaising with law enforcement and increasing education programs – but it’s plain to see that we’re losing the battle.”

“We’ve now decided to change our plan of attack and try implement a strategy that focuses on harm minimisation.”

The plan has been likened to the development of injection rooms in intravenous drug use hotspots such as Kings Cross.

“I think that’s a great analogy, when the injection rooms first opened the general public were up in arms, they were beside themselves – bloody ropable, but after a few months people either forgot or stopped caring – we’re hoping that a similar thing will happen with our program.”

Volunteers at the Fairfield RSPCA in Brisbane city unloading cages in preparation for the December/January 'Fight Season'
Volunteers at the Fairfield RSPCA in Brisbane city unloading cages in preparation for the December/January ‘Fight Season’

The program will be trialled in South Western Queensland, which is considered the dog fighting capital of the Southern Hemisphere. If the program is viewed as a success, it has the potential to be rolled out nationwide.

It is estimated that 63% of the animals who pass away at dog fights could be saved with prompt veterinary care.

“We’ve done a lot of soul searching in the lead up to this program and we’ve agonised over the morals and ethics but at the end of the day we’ve come to a decision – the wellbeing of the dogs is our greatest concern – and we refuse to idly stand by while any of these athletes are put at risk through improper medical care.”

It is thought that many owner/trainers are reluctant to take their dogs to a vet as they fear ostracism or prosecution if it was to became widely known that they were involved in the dog fighting subculture.

“Our service will be absolutely confidential and no one should fear any sort of retribution from the police or anybody else. This will be a judgement free service and we really hope some of these fight hosts do the responsible thing and get in touch with us.”

NOTE: THIS STORY ORIGINALLY STATED THAT “VETERINARIANS WERE TO BE PROVIDED BY THE RSPCA” THIS IS INCORRECT. WE APOLOGISE TO THE QLD RSPCA AND THEIR SUPPORTERS.

15 Responses to "Newman Government to provide veterinarians for selected dog fights"

    • Valerie   December 23, 2014 at 12:19 am

      Donating dogs? Are you serious? It’s bad enough that so many dogs are being put down, now you want to make them suffer as they go down too? What kind of person are you? Horrible way of thinking!

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    • Diane   December 23, 2014 at 2:56 am

      I hope you’re joking….. donating dogs which would normally be put to sleep??? So they can be ripped apart in this barbaric excuse for a “sport”

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    • doglover   December 23, 2014 at 6:17 am

      Barbara you state the idea of (quote) “donating dogs to the industry from their animal shelters which would otherwise be destroyed”
      ARE YOU INSANE??!! That is one of the most insensitive and barbaric comments I have ever heard! A terrified dog in a shelter that no one wants. Lets look at the options. Option1. Lethal injection. Some stress, yes..but a relatively peaceful end..and maybe JUST maybe someone will hold that dog or stroke it while it dies.
      Option2 (your option). Take hopeful dog from shelter. Throw it un a pit with trained killers. Maybe its lucky and the first bite will kill it clean. Oh but wait..this is dog fighting! That NEVER happens! Unloved dog is chewed on and torn to pieces. Hey..then it may even end up under this ‘new scheme’…treated..put BACK in the ring for yet another round. JESUS woman – are you REALLY callous enough for that??

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    • doglover   December 23, 2014 at 6:20 am

      Barbara you state the idea of (quote) “donating dogs to the industry from their animal shelters which would otherwise be destroyed”
      ARE YOU INSANE??!! That is one of the most insensitive and barbaric comments I have ever heard! A terrified dog in a shelter that no one wants. Lets look at the options. Option1. Lethal injection. Some stress, yes..but a relatively peaceful end..and maybe JUST maybe someone will hold that dog or stroke it while it dies.
      Option2 (your option). Take hopeful dog from shelter. Throw it un a pit with trained killers. Maybe its lucky and the first bite will kill it clean. Oh but wait..this is dog fighting! That NEVER happens! Unloved dog is chewed on and torn to pieces. Hey..then it may even end up under this ‘new scheme’…treated..put BACK in the ring for yet another round. JESUS woman – are you REALLY callous enough for that??

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    • Joanne Jorgensen   December 23, 2014 at 7:21 am

      I seriously think you jest! “Providing dogs” to save innocent pets…. Your kidding aren’t you… Btw make horse racing illegal… They would never be able to hide the illegal activity which would be fantastic if dog fighting was the same…

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  1. Victoria Thomas   December 22, 2014 at 8:32 pm

    So the RSPCA is effectively giving approval for these fights instead of taking action to stop them.? Says it all about the modern RSPCA !

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  2. sarah   December 22, 2014 at 10:52 pm

    i cant beleive u would sujest giving them dogs to rip apart u are as bad as the scum fighting the poor dogs

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  3. joan dutton   December 23, 2014 at 4:23 am

    what ever happened animal wellfare we are suposed to protect these animals not abuse them,mankind needs to evolve,all for the sake of money money money,so sickening

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  4. Joanne Jorgensen   December 23, 2014 at 7:17 am

    Why bother saving them? So they can go back in to fight another day? Are you mad! They certainly can’t be rehoused! Also, if there are stolen dogs there, are they going to be left there? They would have to be! This is worse than the “needle rooms” . Watch the industry grow. So sad, I can’t believe we are now condoning this. The poor poor animals. And please don’t make the argument that they are going to do it anyway. This disgusting system is always looking to make things easier for disgusting people, Dont even think to say its about protecting the dogs!

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  5. Helen Smith   December 23, 2014 at 7:30 am

    this is sick! I cannot believe that a so called animal welfare group would encourage this, its barbaric and should be stopped not!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  6. Jane Heggie   December 24, 2014 at 12:32 am

    OMG !!! SERIOUSLY !!!!!!!!!! be VERY ashamed Australia ! I thought it was bad enough you have puppies in shop windows in this enlightened day and age. I am so disappointed in your treatment of animals . You have let yourselves down VERY badly !
    Just now · Like

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  7. Claire James   December 24, 2014 at 8:30 am

    If veterinarians will be present that implies that the government know full well where and when these dogfights are taking place. In which case why do they not just turn up with police and arrest these scum and lock them up? I take it it’s not legal in Australia and there are adequate penalties?

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  8. Harry   January 2, 2015 at 1:59 am

    And when dog fighting becomes passe we could try it with people. There must be some people that have nothing better to do. Lét’s start with the homeless, and the unemployed. Barbara you are indeed a sick fuck. About on the same level as these cowards that get a hard on watching this shit. Put them in the ring and do humanity a favour last one standing gets a lethal injection. I could believe this in Pakistan, Afghanistan and that area of the world but FFs this is the 21st century… Except in Queensland.
    Pathetic is not an adequate word to describe this.

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  9. Rachael   February 25, 2015 at 4:27 pm

    How funny people take these articles so seriously. Not clever funny like the actual article but still shake my head amusing. I don’t think the first comment by Barbara was serious but a rather clever carry on of the article. I hope so. it’s a scary world if there are people who actually think like that.

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