Ban Dogfighting in Kentucky


Target: Doug Morgan, President of the Kentucky Houndsmen Association

Goal: End the cruel sport of dog fighting in Kentucky.

Most of the dogs in Louisville animal shelters are there because they were used in dog fights, sustained injuries during those fights, and were abandoned by their owners. Kentucky is the only state in the U.S. that doesn’t have a law specifically banning the sale and transport of dogs and other animals used for fighting. However, lawmakers are trying to change that with House Bill 154, which would expand existing laws to punish people who keep this vile practice going. If this bill passes, it would be a huge boon for animals living in Kentucky and bring us one step closer to ending this horrible practice for good.

However, the Kentucky Houndsmen Association has recently come out against the bill, deciding to oppose it because the organization believes it could lead to limitations in using dogs for hunting purposes. The problem is that the bill has language that specifically exempts hunting dogs and their owners from the expansion of existing laws. As written, the bill poses no threat to using dogs to hunt, and in no way conflicts with the goals of the Kentucky Houndsmen Association, so the organization’s opposition of the bill amounts to it protecting dog fighting. Opposing this bill doesn’t protect hunting dogs, it just helps criminals.

By signing this petition, you’ll be helping to urge the Kentucky Houndsmen Association to reverse its stance on the bill and help combat dog fighting.


Dear Doug Morgan,

I was deeply saddened to hear that the Kentucky Houndsmen Association has decided to oppose Kentucky House Bill 154, which would expand the state’s ability to investigate, arrest, and punish people who support illegal and immoral dog fighting. The Kentucky Houndsmen Association is on record as stating that it is against dog fighting, which is admirable. I know that hunting with dogs is a different matter, which is why I am asking you to reverse your stance on HB 154 and support it.

The bill in question would exempt hunting dogs, allowing you to continue hunting alongside your dogs without fear of violating state law. Opposing the bill out of the fear that it might infringe your rights, even though it specifically does not, only serves to protect the criminals who keep dog fighting going in Kentucky. It would tarnish the image of your organization to go down in history as protecting dog fighting despite widespread pressure to end the practice.

I know you don’t want to protect dog fighting, and I ask you to urge your fellow Houndsmen to speak out in favor of House Bill 154.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. Cecily Colloby says:

    Agree with you totally, Stan Benton.You took the words right out of my mouth….

  2. Karen Remnant says:

    I fail to understand why people would not support a bill like this. Cruelty to animals is never ok!

  3. Have Neanderthalers landed in Kentucky or so?…

  4. michael guest says:

    This cruel and abusive. Get them banned and shut down once and for all.

  5. Yes, well, imo, HUNTERS are just as primitively-wired as the dog-fighters, cock-fighters, and other animal abusers. Since in fact even Jesus spoke of the reality of reincarnation, I sincerely hope y’all come back as some of those animals (whom you think of as “below” humans) who you hunt down with the use of dogs. Would be super to see y’all get a taste of your own medicine, and thereby be “cured” of your un-evolved states of mind for GOOD.

  6. Lisbeth Alvarado Sanchez says:

    I will like to see this hunters hunted down. Will they like this to be done to them? This scumbags just want cruelty towards animals to go unpunished because they are animal abusers.

  7. Ban dog fighting everywhere not just in kentucky and hunting with dogs should also be banned

  8. The cruelty of human beings never ceases to amaze me. Only the lowest of the low would condone dogs fighting each other to the death. Heartless Morons who participate in this type of atrocity (whether they are the dog owners or spectators) are nothing less than EVIL beings who need a taste of their own medicine – i.e. they should be forced to fight each other to the death, while the animals watch !!!!!!!!!!!

  9. Jean-Louis Rubens says:


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