HC Deb 11 July 1985 vol 82 c504W
Mr. Hardy

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what information he has secured in regard to the incidence of the practice of organised dog fighting, the incidence of importation of dogs in pursuit of this activity and the stealing of dogs for the purpose.

Mr. Mellor

Organised dog fighting is illegal under the Protection of Animals Act 1911. We have no present reason for believing that there is any widespread abuse, but the police are always ready to act upon evidence of such objectionable activities. We are not aware of any recent evidence to suggest that dogs are being imported or stolen for this purpose.