Sunday, June 22, 2008
New Zealand -We bring you back to the town of Wanganui that is experiencing a pit bull problem. Mayor Michael Laws is tired of the human and animal injury caused by these dogs and was recently quoted saying that pit bull owners are "insane" and that all pit bulls should be "put down." He continues to stand by his words, and his mission to keep the city safe.
An American due to visit New Zealand, Jennifer Thomas of Texas -- the top pit bull mauling and killing state in the U.S. -- said that due to Laws' recent comments she would definitely steer clear of Wanganui. We're sure that Laws and the rest of the civilized members of Wanganui are glad that pit bull advocate Jennifer Thomas is passing up the town.
Thomas wrote a typical, zealous spiked email to Laws, "We do not want to spend any money in a place whose mayor has disparagingly labeled us all 'insane,' and has told us to murder a beloved family member." Laws was hardly impressed. He zeroed in on Thomas with a choice of words that sent one DogsBite.org participant flying over backward in her chair.
"Your letter clearly identifies you as fitting every description of a pit bull owner. Your pique is pathetic, and don't bother troubling my inbox again. I feel genuinely sorry for you."After several participants of DogsBite.org roared with laughter for 20 minutes, we read Laws' response again and roared for another 20 minutes. Finally, BitByPit managed to calm down enough to type this blog post. Laws' response left Thompson puckered. She rambles on in the news story about how impolite it is to "verbally abuse a tourist."
Laws told the Wanganui Chronicle, "That is the kind of ridiculous claim that one expects of these pit bull zealots. There would definitely be a negative impact upon tourism if Wanganui was known as a 'pit bull paradise'. I want Wanganui safe for people and children, and safe for ordinary, non-menacing dogs."
Laws believes he has become the target of an organized attack by a US-based pit bull lobby group. All but four emails he has received have been from the US. He has also received emails in his private, unpublished account. DogsBite.org calls this Pit bull spamming. Laws should check to see if the emails stem from the same IP Address; $100 bucks they do.
He said he has received 25-26 emails from various parts of the US. They use the same language (prewritten spam), refer to the same articles (prewritten spam), and use the same arguments (prewritten spam). "Interestingly," he added, "I've received no pro-pitbull emails from anyone in Wanganui or even the North Island."
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