H&M Pulls ‘Dogfight’ Sweatshirt After PETA Appeal

Retailer Will No Longer Sell Hoodie That Glorifies Forcing Dogs to Tear Each Other Apart

For Immediate Release:
November 28, 2017

Moira Colley 202-483-7382

New York – After PETA pointed out that dogfighting—in which two dogs are pitted against each other and forced to rip each other to shreds—is horrific and illegal, H&M pulled the sweatshirt that read, “Dogfight in Random Alley,” from its stores.

“Kind shoppers were appalled to see H&M selling a sweatshirt that glorified dogfighting,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “Removing this hoodie from the racks was the right thing to do, and PETA trusts that H&M will learn from this incident and never again stock clothing that endorses the exploitation and abuse of animals.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment”—notes that dogfighting is illegal in all 50 states. Dogs used in fighting rings are kept in tiny cages or outdoors on heavy chains 24 hours a day—horrific conditions for highly social pack animals. After fights, dogs are left ripped apart, bloody, soaked in urine and saliva, unable to walk, barely able to stand, and covered with cuts, bruises, and scars. Those who manage to survive but lose the fights are often killed by their handlers.

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