How many times do we have to hear about Pit Bulls mauling some poor kids and then hear how Pit Bulls are getting a bad rap?
And this is coming from someone who loves dogs, someone who’s had many dogs in his life and someone one who owns two dogs right now.
The latest headline I read was “Man saves baby, girl from pit bull attack.”
I’m sorry but, “[I] never once heard, man saves baby from Golden Retriever.” – User “Foxisright1” from FOX news commentary
According to Charlotte Alter for TIME Magazine, “Pit Bulls make up only 6% of the dog population, but they’re responsible for 68% of dog attacks and 52% of dog-related deaths since 1982, according to research compiled by Merritt Clifton, editor of Animals 24-7, an animal-news organization that focuses on humane work and animal-cruelty prevention.”
As glaring as these numbers are, they’re still not telling the whole story.
There are “dog attacks” and then there are “dog attacks.”
I’m not concerned at all about a dog attacking an intruder.
I’m really not concerned about a dog attacking someone they perceive to be a threat to themselves or their masters either.
It’s these attacks by Pit Bulls on helpless children that bothers me to no end.
Like I mentioned earlier…, I’m sorry but, “[I] never once heard, man saves baby from Golden Retriever.” – User “Foxisright1” from FOX news commentary
Clifton adds that, “For the 32 years he’s been recording, there has never been a year when pit bulls have accounted for less than half of all attacks. A CDC report on dog-bite fatalities from 1978 to 1998 confirms that pit bulls are responsible for more deaths than any other breed.”
“Another report published in the April 2011 issue of Annals of Surgery found that one person is killed by a pit bull every 14 days, two people are injured by a pit bull every day, and young children are especially at risk. The report concludes that ‘these breeds should be regulated in the same way in which other dangerous species, such as leopards, are regulated.’ That report was shared with TIME by PETA, the world’s largest animal-rights organization.”
Doesn’t this pretty much tell the whole story and make my case?
Yet with all of this being said, we still hear the “bullsh#t” from dimwitted Pit Bull lovers.
“Supporters say Pit Bulls are getting a bad rap. Sara Enos, founder and president of the American Pit Bull Foundation, said that it’s wrong to blame dog attacks on pit bulls, because it’s the owners who are to blame. ‘It really boils down to being responsible owners,’ she said. ‘Any dog from any breed can be aggressive, it matters how it’s treated.’”
I totally agree that Pit Bull owners need to be held accountable for the behavior of their dogs as well, but that doesn’t give the dog carte blanche to tear up whoever they want.
“Many Pit Bull advocacy organizations, including BAD RAP, did not want to comment for this story. But there is a growing backlash against the idea that pit bulls are more violent than other dogs. ‘There is not any breed of dog that is inherently more dangerous,’ said Marcy Setter of the Pit Bull Rescue Center. ‘That’s simply not true.’”
These people can peddle this “bullsh#t” all they want, but again, like I said, I’m sorry but, “[I] never once heard, man saves baby from Golden Retriever.” – User “Foxisright1” from FOX news commentary
“Pits are IEDs [homemade bombs] just waiting to be triggered….I know several who are super cool dogs and great with kids…until they aren’t.” – User “Foxisright1” from FOX news commentary
“Even PETA, the largest animal-rights organization in the world, supports breed-specific sterilization for Pit Bulls. ‘Pit Bulls are a breed-specific problem, so it seems reasonable to target them,’ said Daphna Nachminovitch, PETA’s senior vice president of cruelty investigations. ‘The public is misled to believe that pit bulls are like any other dog. And they just aren’t.’ Even the ASPCA acknowledges on its website that Pit Bulls are genetically different than other dogs. ‘Pit Bulls have been bred to behave differently during a fight,’ it says. ‘They may not give warning before becoming aggressive, and they’re less likely to back down when clashing with an opponent.’”
“But Nachminovitch said PETA stands by breed-specific sterilization as a common-sense solution to what has become a human-safety issue. ‘These dogs were bred to bait bulls. They were bred to fight each other to the death,’ she said. ‘Just because we’re an animal-rights organization doesn’t mean we’re not concerned about public safety.’”
I’m glad someone at least is concerned about the public’s safety.
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