Just in time for his historic return to the ring at The Forum on August 29, future hall-of-fame boxer “Sugar” Shane Mosley is relaunching his PETA print ad and video campaign, which proclaims, “I Choose to Fight. Dogs Don’t. Dogfighting Is for Cowards. Don’t Do It.”
“My opponents and I know that when we step into the ring, we choose to be there and that if we don’t come out on top, we can at least walk away,” says Mosley. “Dogfighting isn’t like that. … Dogfighting is dirty, it’s cruel, and it’s a loser’s game.”
Everyone can catch his bout against Ricardo Mayorga live on Pay-Per-View at 10 p.m. on August 29. And fans who want to do more to help Mosley knock out dogfighting can visit the global charity auction site Charitybuzz.com to bid on a VIP fight package that includes two VIP seats at the fight, entry to the weigh-in reception before the fight, VIP gift bags, and a meet and greet and photo with Mosley. The auction is now live and will run through August 25, and proceeds will go to PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way.”
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.
Mosley is part of a long list of athletes and other celebrities—including Terrell Suggs, Carey Hart, Tony Gonzalez, Tyrann Mathieu, former UFC fighter Mac Danzig, and many others—who have teamed up with PETA to speak out against cruelty to animals.
For more information, please visit PETA.org.