Celebrities sign open letter calling to end dog fighting

We are being supported in our fight to end dog fighting in the UK by a growing list of politicians and celebrities. Here’s a letter they signed, with the names of our celebrity supporters below:


Dog fighting was outlawed almost 200 years ago. Yet, shockingly, dog fighting continues to be a significant animal welfare issue in the UK.

This is a terrible betrayal of our most faithful and much loved companions. Dogs forced into fighting suffer terrible injuries, both from the fights and at the hands of their vicious owners. Those involved in this ‘sport’ are often involved in serious and even organised crime, and must be stopped.

Undercover work and detailed analysis by animal welfare charity the League Against Cruel Sports has revealed the extent of the problem – and how to tackle it. We need sentences that fit the crime, and we need to reach out to people to educate them and prevent them from getting sucked into this cycle of violence and serious crime.

Dog fighting may sound like something that belongs in history books. But it will continue to be with us unless we act now to banish it to the past. We call on the public to help us by signing the League Against Cruel Sports petition here, raising this issue with their MP, and by contacting the League’s Animal Crimewatch on 01483 361108 if they witness or have evidence of dog fighting.

Yours faithfully,


Ricky Gervais
Graham Norton
Amanda Holden
Paul O’Grady
Nicky Campbell
Rachel Riley
Russell Tovey
Peter Egan
Tony Robinson
Bill Oddie
Gemma Atkinson
Dave Spikey
Chloe Meadows
Marc Abraham
Carol Royle
Tony Robinson
Bill Bailey
Alison Steadman
Ben Fogle 
Peter Wight 
John Bishop


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