Investigating dog fight gambling

By Zhao Hui
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Two Pit Bull Terriers are fighting in the arena, spurred on by their owners and surrounded by hundreds of onlookers.

Gambling money

Several dozens of people gamble away 20,000 yuan per person.

On October 10, hundreds of citizens were attracted by the dog fights. Prior to the game, dozens of people placed their bets on Paoer, among which the lowest wager was 1,000 yuan. The winner would be rewarded twice as much as his wager. "Put this on Paoer," said one man handing over a stack of money to a woman in blue. "Here's 19,000 yuan in total". The woman who claimed to be the relative of the dog market owner told the journalist that the arena has been open for ten years. Then she shouted: "Come here if you bet on Paul and go to that room if you bet on Paoer." There were three matches on that day and the total amount of money betted was an estimated 200,000 yuan.

Illegal gambling techniques

Some dogs have been injected with stimulating substances.

Han Meng, a senior fighting dog owner, remarked that certain gambling techniques are used in hopes of winning the game. "It is common to inject the dogs with stimulating substances," said Han. Therefore, the fighting dogs have to be washed with the clean water before the races. On one hand, the water can excite and vitalize the dogs; on the other hand, it is a way to prove that no narcotic has been put on the dogs' fur . The narcotic, like armor, can protect the dog from being bitten by its opponent since one bite can lead to narcosis.

Dog fights entail gambling

Wang Rongxiang, a Beijing-based lawyer, advocated that the dog fighting was suspected to be or include gambling- which is prohibited on China's mainland. According to criminal law, people who make their living from gambling for profit, should be sentenced to a maximum of three years in prison or be placed in detention and fined.

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