ANYONE with a common sense of decency will feel utter revulsion at the prospect of dogs being made to fight for the “entertainment” and in some cases financial benefit of its followers.

Dog fighting has quite rightly been outlawed in this country since 1835 yet there are still those who deliberately and continually flout the law.

The law takes a very dim view of this barbaric activity and yet the penalties for the perpetrators if caught and prosecuted are still woefully inadequate.

A jail term would be far more appropriate and would hopefully also be a far greater deterrent to anyone tempted to indulge in this abhorrent activity.

There were 168 cases of dog fighting reported in the past four years in our county, which is almost beyond belief.

Yet there are clearly people who derive vicarious pleasure from watching two animals attempting to tear each other apart.

Dogs are often referred to as “man’s best friend” and this is indeed largely true.

They make for wonderful pets and companions.

However, in the wrong hands, they can become vicious and virtually uncontrollable if they are bred and then brought up in a hostile environment.

It is not the dog’s fault, it is the owner’s.

The sooner the toughest action is taken against those who participate in this barbaric so-called “sport” to quench the bloodlust of its enthusiasts, the better.

If you know of any group organising such events report it to the RSPCA and the police. Then we can but hope it can finally be halted once and for all.