Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Gainsville, FL - The International Shark Attack File recently released its summary of 2008 shark incidents. University of Florida shark researcher George Burgess says there were 59 attacks in 2008, compared to 71 in 2007. There were four fatal shark attacks worldwide in 2008, an average number, compared with only one in 2007, which marked a two-decade low. Two of the deaths were in Mexico, one was in Australia and one was in the U.S.
In the U.S. alone, pit bulls killed 15 citizens in 2008. In the past 3 years, 52. This issue does not have an academic institution researching it, nor are these attacks compiled on a state level to our knowledge."Shark attacks" have been used to describe pit bull attacks since the 1980's. In EM Swift's famous Sports Illustrated cover story (The Pit Bull: Friend and Killer, 1987), he writes, "Unfortunately the pit bull, when it attacks, doesn't merely bite man -- or, most horribly, child -- it clamps its powerful jaws down and literally tears its victim apart." He then quotes several sources that depict the grave injury a pit bull bite inflicts compared to other dogs:
- "The injuries these dogs inflict are more serious than other breeds because they go for the deep musculature and don't release; they hold and shake,'' says Sheryl Blair of the Tufts Veterinary School, in North Grafton, Mass., which last year held a symposium entitled Animal Agression: Dog Bites and the Pit Bull Terrier.
- "Most breeds do not multiple-bite,'' says Kurt Lapham, a field investigator for the West Coast Regional office of the Humane Society. ''A pit bull attack is like a shark attack: He keeps coming back.'' ''A pit bull,'' says Judge Victor E. Bianchini of San Diego,'' is the closest thing to a wild animal there is in a domesticated dog."
02/06/09: Ecuador Joins International Trend: Bans Pit Bulls and Rottweilers as Pets
07/31/08: What's the Difference Between an Alligator and a Pit Bull?
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| 2/24/2009 8:57 AM |
And yet I just read a blog saying that pits should not be killed, just given to "responsible" owners. Anyone that wants a pit, a dog bred to be vicious, would not be a "responsible" owner. No one will live their lives with a pit and not come into contact with other people and animals. This would be the only way a pit should be adopted, to a hermit who lives on an island alone. They don't need to be in the company of people or animals.
| 2/24/2009 10:02 AM |
I agree with P. And I think the comparison to the shark attacks is a wonderful idea - a true eye opener. Next time a nutter says that bathtubs kill more people, all you have to say is sharks kill less.
| 2/24/2009 11:02 AM |
The CDC situation needs to be explored in a serious way as an example of a business lobby affecting "public affairs."
Each of these people that made the decision at that time to stop tracking breeds of dogs that attack and kill needs to be carefully examined.
Didn't one live in a small Southern town with a pit bull fighting business clan? Don't some now WORK in the dog industry?
This was a dirty affair that needs to be exposed.
When so-called "authorities" are nothing more than lobbyists for private industry, we have a problem that results in injury and lost lives here.
I think of "scientist" Alane koki exposed in the Georgia newspapers. Many "scientists," "lawyers," and "professionals" seem to belong to the dog fighting & breeding world.
| 2/26/2009 2:27 AM |
There's a huge gap in data about DBRFs from 2000-2005 after the breeding industry persuaded the feds to stop collecting the data.
Probably another 75 deaths from Pit Bulls occurred during the "black out" before DBO started.
Only Karen Delise seems to have this data but won't release the raw data.
A good research project for University of Florida would be to study Broward County.