The "Pit Bull" problem in America
is not fighting dogs.
In the last two years, I have seen pro-dog group after pro-dog group rush out to help kennels full of fighting dogs, supposedly out of compassion, but really as a direct mail and publicity scheme.
To be sure, the Humane Society was first in line, and that organization continues to stand four feet and snout in the fundraising trough, but they are hardly alone, are they?
Yes, it's easy to demonize Pit Bull fighters, and it's easy to feel sorry for horribly abused dogs, but let's be clear: the "Pit Bull" problem in America is not fighting dogs.
The Pit Bull problem in America is that more than a million Pit Bulls a year are being bred by numskulls who say they love this breed.
The Pit Bull problem in America is that nearly one million Pit Bulls a year are being purchased or acquired by naïve ignorants who say they love this breed, but who are in fact ill-equipped for a large dog whose genetic code tends to make it dog- and cat-aggressive.
The Pit Bull Problem in America is not people
who hate these dogs, it's the people who say
they love these dogs.
Until we face that fact, and put this issue front and center, not much will change.
You want to comment on this post?
But opinions on this post are not free. If you want to post a comment, there is a price, and that price is local research.
Here's what I want you to do:
- Look up the euthanasia data for your County and detail in the comments section, what percentage of euthanized dogs are Pit Bulls or Pit Bull crosses, and provide the data links. Look up the same kind of information for 3 more Cities or Counties of your choice (preferably Cities or Counties in other states) and post the links.
- Look up your Town, City or County on Pet Finder to see how many Pit Bulls or PitBull crosses are listed, and detail that number in the comments section.
- Look up on the number of Pit Bull or Pitbull crosses that are for sale on your nearest Craig's List, and detail the price of those dogs in the comments section.
- If you have a blog or web site, provide any links you have to posts about the Pit Bull over-population problem. I am not looking for a link to a bumper sticker in opposition to breed specific legislation. I am looking for a post that talks about how every Pit Bull that will be killed today was bred by someone who loved the breed, and was acquired by someone who thought it was the right puppy for them.
Asking folks to do research before they comment is not punishment; it's education.
It's service to the Pit Bull.
- Related Links
** Doing Right by Pit Bulls
** One Million Dead Pit Bulls
** What the Hell is an American Staffordshire Terrier?
** Hump and Dump Dog Breeders