Thursday, December 11, 2008
Clackamas County, Oregon - Andy Parker, of the Oregonian newspaper, continues to write pointed and controversial columns regarding the pit bull problem. Oregon has recently experienced a rash of pit bull attacks including attacks in: Happy Valley, Portland, Madras and Vancouver. As a recipient of pit bull advocate email, Parker has experienced their fanaticism first hand, as well as the many untruths they employ to advance their cause.
"I'm also surprised by the number of people who blame the media for "inventing" the pit bull problem out of thin air. They insist that somehow journalists have conspired against pit bulls by underreporting other types of dog bites and misidentifying many dogs involved in attacks as pit bulls.Misidentification Myth
They say the media bias, along with the public's misidentification of dogs, results in unreliable stats on breeds involved in dog attacks. As a result, they question the significance of reports compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other groups showing pit bulls are involved in a hefty percentage of serious and fatal dog attacks."
The misidentification myth is a favored tool for pit bull advocates. But the media is a visual medium and they frequently photograph the attacking dog, whereby placing the misidentification myth into jeopardy. Furthermore, police officers and animal control officers identify the dog breed in most instances of attacks, not the media or a public citizen. Both types of law enforcement officers are usually qualified in identifying a "pit bull type dog."
The average person, who knows common breeds of dogs, can identify a German shepherd and a poodle. One does not need to be an expert, nor is there a lion in the background roaring: "THE PUBLIC CANNOT IDENTIFY A POODLE!" One does not need to be an expert to identify a pit bull either. Pit bulls have distinct features, as outlined by the UKC. Due to conditioning and breed-mixtures (a pit bull crossed with a dalmatian, for example), size, weight and coloring will vary.
Dogs Identified in 2008 Fatal Attacks
From left: Pit bull, pit bull, Sheep dog-mix and a pit bull. Each dog correctly described.
Identifying breed-mixtures, particularly when 2 or more breeds are involved, can be difficult and should lie in the hands of a seasoned authority, such as a humane society or veterinarian. Yet many average people can recognize a pit bull and a pit bull-mix when they see one. One does not need a special certification for this. Frankly, if it looks like a pit bull, it usually is. We've chosen several images from Petfinder.com to demonstrate this point.
Pit Bull Type Dogs Found on PetFinder
From left: Pit bull, pit bull, pit bull-dalmatian mix, pit bull-(unknown terrier) mix.
Where Do the Myths Come From?
Parker's recent column also brings to light the untruths used by pit bull advocates to advance their cause. But where do pit bull advocates and owners come up with ideas like, "journalists have conspired against pit bulls," and the CDC fatality data is inaccurate? The concepts come straight from pit bull special interest groups, who in many cases are individuals ("experts") within animal organizations such as the ASPCA, Best Friends and Bad Rap.
In a January 2007 article, (Profiling: Two Sides of the Issue) published by Veterinary Forum, Ledy VanKavage of the ASPCA voiced both concepts. VanKavage also used data created by pro-pit bull groups to prop up her argument. VanKavage's "point" is positioned side-by-side to "counterpoint" written by Alan Beck, who provided expert testimony for the Ontario pit bull ban. Beck directly addresses each distortion VanKavage voices.
12/11/08: Who Wrote the CDC Fatal Dog Attack Report Published in 2000?
11/11/08: Coverage of Oregon Pit Bull Attacks and Statewide Debate
11/10/08: Best Friends Announces the Vicktory Dog Wine Collection
11/03/08: Flashback: Best Friends Animal Sanctuary Refuses Care of Pit Bulls
07/21/08: Comment: ASPCA Perpetuates Myth that Pit Bulls Were Once a Popular Family Dog
06/02/08: ASPCA Pushing Pit Bull Adoption: Adopt-A-Bull Contest
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| 12/11/2008 5:23 PM |
I always love a challenge and love checking facts.
This is all that I can on Anibus Publishing:
Spreading the word: The computer books
Since the early 1980s Compupress had sporadically published a number of computer books, however in 1991 the company decided to launch a branch dedicated solely to this function. Thus was Anubis Publishing formed.
Undoubtedly launching a book publishing branch was not an especially innovative move on part of a magazine publisher. At that time there already existed at least two other well established Greek computer-book publishers. What differentiated Anubis from the rest of the pack though, was the fact that its competitors were strictly publishers of translated books whereas Anubis strived for a balanced publishing mix of original material written by local technical writers and translations of works originally published by well known foreign publishing houses.
During the next years Anubis published more than 200 computer books while later on it diversified into the area of business book publishing. With the advent of the millennium, in a wholly unexpected move, Anubis turned to publishing translations of well-known science-fiction and fantasy books...
THEY ALSO APPEAR TO PUBLISH COMICS AND GRAPHIC NOVELS. IF THIS IS THE SAME PUBLISHING COMPANY THEN IT IS EASY TO SEE WHY THEY PUBLISHED DELISE.
| 12/11/2008 7:19 PM |
REPOSTED WITH CORRECTION:
What's interesting is that the ACK used to have the following four words in cache, "Manorville, N.Y., Anubis Press"
The item has since been removed from Google cache and is not listed on the AKC Library Acquisitions either.
| 12/12/2008 2:25 AM |
Ah...The Media bias claim!
Yes..just like how there are tons of fender benders everyday, but the media concentrates on the drunk driver who kills another motorist.
The media will report Level 5 sustained maulings and Level 6 fatals which is the trademark of the fighting breeds. If the Pit community doesn't like the media coverage, breed and sell safer dogs.
| 12/12/2008 4:16 AM |
Here's a Pit group that somehow managed to get another fluff piece published despite the media bias..You never hear the reporter ask: How do you explain Pit Bull being the leading biter and killer?
| 12/12/2008 6:06 AM |
Remember that the number one group of special interests defending pit bulls, and lying about them, are BREEDERS
Pit bull breeders, dog fighter breeders, AKC breeders
Breeders who want no regulation. Breeders who make money from these dogs.
The Best Friends and ASPCAs just take from the BREEDER propaganda, and work with the breeders!
| 12/12/2008 6:08 AM |
It would not surprise me that Anubis Press is a vanity publisher, and that DOG BREEDER LOBBYING GROUPS (like the AKC) paid to have Delise's book published to use as pretend "expert" propaganda!
| 12/13/2008 1:06 AM |
Anubis was usually portrayed as a half HUMAN, half DOG, or in fully canine form wearing a ribbon and holding a flail in the crook of its arm. It was strongly associated with cemeteries in ancient Egypt, since it was a scavenger which threatened to uncover human bodies and eat their flesh The distinctive black color of Anubis "did not have to do with the jackal [per se] but with the color of rotting flesh and with the black soil of the Nile valley, symbolizing rebirth.
Great, the number one propaganda pit bull spewer thinks she's half human and half dog.