Mixed Martial Arts Middleweight Champion Jake Shields teams up with For Pits’ Sake to stop cruelty and abuse through the Knock Out Dog Fighting program.
Kris Crawford of For Pits’ Sake, Inc. today announced that Strikeforce Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) Middleweight Champion Jake Shields is the latest of a long list of professional fighters to join the Knock Out Dog Fighting program. Shields’ is speaking out against the cruel practice of dog fighting with the release of a new Knock Out Dog Fighting poster.
The Knock Out Dog Fighting program is an award-winning youth intervention program created to stop cruelty and abuse. The organization partners with community based organizations, schools, community centers, juvenile detention facilities, law enforcement and gang prevention task forces to to provide healthy alternatives to dog fighting. Knock Out Dog Fighting team members are positive role models that teach empathy for animals and help at-risk youth make better choices, develop self-respect and healthy lifestyles. This reduces involvement in dog fighting and other gang-related activities.
Shields, a single father to his 8-year-old daughter, holds 4 major championship belts: Strikeforce Middleweight Champion, Elite XC Welterweight Champion, Rumble On The Rock Welterweight Champion and Shooto World Champion. “Now that I am a known fighter I think it’s important for me to be a positive role model and speak out to let people know this kind of stuff isn’t OK,” said Shields. “As professional fighters, we are willing participants and can walk away whenever we want. Dogs aren’t given that choice.”
“We are excited to have Jake speaking out against cruelty and abuse,” said Crawford. “As a role model to millions of young fans, Jake has the ability to positively influence behavior. We look forward to his involvement in our youth intervention programs,” said Crawford.
For more information about the award-winning Knock Out Dog Fighting program and how you can join Jake Shields in Knocking Out Dog Fighting, go to KnockOutDogFighting.org