Murders over animal fighting

From ANIMAL PEOPLE, November/December 2013:
CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico––Chihuahua state general prosecutor
Jorge Gonzalez Nicolas told media on November 20, 2013 that police had
arrested suspects Jesus Mendoza Hernandez, 21, and Edgar Lujan
Guevara, 31, in the alleged dogfighting-related murders of a family of
eight, and were seeking a third suspect.
The suspects “took money and three vehicles. It was all
apparently because of a bet made at a pit bull dog fight,” Gonzalez
Nicolas said, contrary to speculation in some media that a dog stud fee
was at issue.
The sum in dispute was reportedly $115.

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Bullfighting fails to draw crowds in Mississippi––and Spain & France

From ANIMAL PEOPLE, November/December 2013:


JACKSON, Mississippi––“A small crowd” attended a
heavily promoted December 7, 2013 attempt to introduce Portuguese-style
bullfighting to the U.S., understated Roslyn Anderson of Mississippi
News Now.
` “Based on the amount of cars at the event, we think there
were probably only 100 attendees,” said Shelby Parsons, one of 10
protesters who stood vigil outside the 2,500-seat Kirk Fordice Equine
Center. More than 8,000 people signed an online petition posted by
Kimberly Spiegel of Oxford, Mississippi in opposition to the so-called
“bloodless bullfight.”

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Legislation advances to protect Spanish bullfighting as cultural heritage

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  September 2013: (Actually published on October 8,  2013)

MADRID––Legislation to protect bullfighting as part of the cultural identity of Spain,  pushed by Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy of the center-right Popular Party,  moved closer to passage on October 2,  2013 when endorsed by the parliamentary culture committee by a vote of 24-6,  with 14 abstentions. Read more

Another summer of mayhem & mendacity on the rodeo circuit

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  July-August 2013:

CALGARY,  RENO––The July 11,  2013 death of a chuckwagon outrider’s horse from officially unknown causes and the death of a steer who suffered a broken neck two days earlier during a steer wrestling event raised the Calgary Stampede animal death count to 62 in the 27 years that fatalities have been tracked.   Read more

Pack hunters struggle to explain how setting dogs on wildlife differs from dogfighting

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  May/June 2013:

RICHMOND,  MADISON––Since dogfighting is a felony in all 50 U.S. states,  why is allowing a dog to kill or injure other animals outside of a fighting pit not subject to criminal penalties in any state?

Why is introducing dogs into enclosures to chase coyotes and foxes not only legal but licensed in several states?  Why does the pretense persist in law that the mauling deaths of coyotes and foxes in chase pens is accidental? Read more

Triple murder follows dogfighting raids that net 62 suspects and 120 pit bulls

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  April 2013:

Walking inside,  the unidentified man found the bodies,   and a two-month-old baby girl  beneath Carter’s arm.  “It looked as if she was protecting the baby when she was killed,”  Oneida County Sheriff Jeff Semrad told media. Sheriff’s deputies found 64 pit bulls chained in two dog yards.  Both dog yards were visible in photographs taken from two county highways intersecting near the scene,  and found 38 marijuana plants, with a cumulative street value estimated at $95,000.  Bruce Christensen,  brother of Brent,  told media that Brent had served prison time for drug-related offenses.

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