Campaign planned next year to target dog fighting here

Beginning in 2012 the international animal advocates are teaming up local officials to launch a publicity campaign against dog fights in Costa Rica.

The campaign will be conducted by the Humane Society International working in conjunction with the Servicio Nacional de Salud Animal and the Ministerio de Agricultura y Ganadería. The campaign will use television commercials, events and other public announcements and feature the Costa Rican, female boxer Hannah Gabriel as a spokesperson.

The campaign has a goal of persuading the youth not to participate in dog fighting activities and helping officials learn to conduct raids against the illicit fighting rings. The society claims dog fighting rings are also commonly linked with other illegal activities such as drug use, violence and gambling.

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