Saturday, January 23, 2010
Tyler, TX - On Tuesday, the Tyler Morning Telegraph took a bold stand on the horrendous Texas pit bull issue: "It's time for Texas to take the first steps toward a statewide pit bull ban." Not only did the paper take such a bold stance, the editors at the Tyler Morning Telegraph make clear that they understand the real issues, which we have emphasized with hyperlinks below, as well as the continued, 30-year old1 propaganda spouted by pit bull owners and breeders.
The newspaper operates in a region that has witnessed several violent and deadly pit bull attacks in the last year and staff writers have no doubt examined the devastation of these attacks including: the recent mauling of a child by four pit bull puppies, the deadly attack upon Justin Clinton in June and the horrific mauling of Kristi Langston back in March. DogsBite.org applauds the Tyler Morning Telegraph and urges additional Texas newspapers to follow suit.
Time For Public To Take Action Against Pit BullsRead: Article in fullBy the Tyler Paper Staff, Tyler Morning TelegraphAdvocates for pit bulls must grow tired of seeing headlines2 such as "3-Year-Old Mauled by Pit Bulls in Longview," which appeared in the Tyler Paper last week.
January 19, 2010
They know it means another round of explaining to friends and others how sweet their dogs are, really, and how any dog can bite, and how it must be an irresponsible owner, as it can't be the breed.
They'll have to reiterate their belief dogs are a blank slate, and no pit bull is born bad -- at least, no worse than, say, a golden retriever.
But seriously; when is the last time you read an article about how a toddler was mauled, nearly to death, playing with a litter of golden retriever puppies?
How many more children and adults will we allow to be mauled, even killed, before we recognize pit bulls aren't goldens or labs or poodles -- that they're bred specifically to maim and kill?
It's time for Texas to take the first steps toward a statewide pit bull ban. That first step is to repeal a law that doesn't allow breed-specific bans. Florida is already considering such a measure...
Prevent the deed, regulate the breed!
2Another Pit Bull Attack Reported, Boy, 8, Slashed, Sarasota Herald-Tribune, April 29, 1980
09/17/09: 3-Year Old Girl Airlifted After Backyard Breeder's Pit Bull Attacks
07/01/09: Justin Clinton's Family Starts Campaign: "Justice for Justin: Outlaw Pit Bulls"
06/23/09: Texans Killed by Pit Bulls in 3.5 Year Period (2006-2009)
06/18/09: 2009 Fatality: 2 Pit Bulls Kill 10-Year Old Boy in Rusk County, Texas
04/21/09: Attack Victim's Husband: Pit Bull Regulation Sorely Needed
03/19/09: 61-Year Old Texan, Pat Sorensen, Loses Half Her Face in Pit Bull Attack
08/20/08: Dog Attacks, Trends and Dog Law Coverage of Texas
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| 1/23/2010 8:37 PM |
It's about time. Thank you Tyler Morning Telegraph.
I hope they know that the flood of emails they're getting from disgruntled pit nutters are NOT actually originating locally. Perhaps Dogsbite could send them some info on the way the pit proponents respond to these things?
Perhaps we could all take the time to send them an email voicing our support and saying thank you?
| 1/24/2010 1:12 AM |
"Perhaps we could all take the time to send them an email voicing our support and saying thank you?"
Absolutely. More and more articles like these are appearing around the country. It seems that the public at large is starting to get wise to the nutter arguments and see them for the falsehoods they are. Are you listening, Texas lawmakers? Your state consistently leads in deaths by pit mauling. Wake up!!
| 1/24/2010 4:15 PM |
I did and marked it Not For Publication and sent it to opinion email address. Hope it gets to the right person. And when you write try to include some info to entice them into coming to DBO. Tidbits to support their opinion. Something to help them overcome the pit nutters arguments.
| 1/24/2010 4:34 PM |
I'll be sending an e-mail even though I don't live in that state. Why not? Tourism dollars are important! When we rented a house for vacation, one of the rental agencies had in their guidelines that they would not allow pit bulls in the pet friendly homes. I let them know that is why I chose their company.
| 1/24/2010 4:40 PM |
The majority of email and comments that these newspapers get are NOT even from their own state!
It is the dog fighter/pit bull breeder lobby gathering together across the world to defend their income from dog fighting and breeding against regulation.
Regulation means that it is not so easy to make money from breeding pit bulls and fighting these dogs!
And pit bull breeding and dog fighting & gambling are big money. It's an industry, albeit a non-tax paying, criminal industry.
| 1/25/2010 7:08 AM |
Absolutely email the paper for doing the right thing!! They need all the support and praise they can get, as I'm sure the pit lovers are flooding them with emails as well.
Especially email them if you live in Texas, as they definately need local support.
| 1/25/2010 7:55 AM |
You see the typical Pit apologist writing in to the Tyler paper. Most of them do not even live in Texas (I do!)I am sick of reading about these kids and Old people torn up or killed. I lived in a neighborhood with a loose pit problem. Folks, you can be a victim or you can be a problem solver- By any means necessary. Lets just say we don't have that problem any more.
| 1/25/2010 9:34 AM |
If the newspaper editors in Austin and Dallas can get with the program and realize this very serious public health issue, Tyler, Texas will be looked upon as one of the catalysts of change.
It can and should happen.
To all of those that contribute to Dogsbite.org, keep up the good work!