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Simon Harding

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781447300274

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447300274.001.0001

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Off the chain: the issue of dog fighting

Off the chain: the issue of dog fighting

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(p.154) (p.155) Six Off the chain: the issue of dog fighting
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Unleashed
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Simon Harding

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447300274.003.0007

This chapter considers why people use dogs for fighting, looking at professional dogmen and those youths who chain-roll (impromptu dog-fights where dogs are kept on the lead) their dogs on estates. Results of research from the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) are considered alongside an exposition of dog fighting vocabulary. Cultural criminology and sociological explanations are exposed. The HSUS three levels of dog fighting is explained with questions as to whether this typology fits the UK situation. Each level is explained in some detail including aspects of street surgery to dogs and street based chain-rolling. The link between breeding and dog fighting illuminates a backstreet trade which includes often cruel training regimes and the new phenomena of ‘trunking’. The difficulty of researching and verifying dog fighting in the UK is acknowledged, as is the link to gangs, though regional variations are evident. Neutralisation techniques are employed by dog fighters.

Keywords:   Dog fighting, Typology, HSUS, Training, Trunking, Legislation, Neutralisation, Cultural, Surgery, Chain rolling

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