Thursday, February 25, 2010
Defective sweatshirts recalled.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission issues recall after recall of sweatshirts, cribs, strollers, pacifiers, bracelets, car seats, toys, games and numerous other products prior to the death of a child or person to prevent the future injury or death of a child or person. From January 1, 2010 to February 23, 2010 pit bull type dogs killed six Americans, four of which were children. This is equivalent to one American citizen dead every nine days due to pit bulls in 2010.
The CDC,1 who has broken their promise with the American public to provide "objectively derived" data, along with animal groups, claim that public policy regarding dangerous dogs should not be based upon fatal dog attack statistics, which clearly illustrate the pit bull's horrific safety record. As demonstrated by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, such policies and legal restrictions are issued daily regarding unsafe products prior to even one human death.
Children's Hooded Sweatshirts with Drawstrings Recalled by Baycreek Due to Strangulation HazardDespite the pit bull problem being 30-years old and pit bulls on track to maul 200 Americans to death by 2014, there is no "objective"2 government body or academic institution devoted to the pit bull and dangerous dog problem. As spoken by family members of surviving and dead victims, these victims suffer injuries that look like a "chainsaw" inflicted them or were left "maimed beyond recognition, with no facial features remaining and other horrific disfigurement."
Hazard: The sweatshirts have a drawstring through the hood which can pose a strangulation hazard to children. In February 1996 CPSC, issued guidelines (pdf) (which were incorporated in to an industry voluntary standard in 1997) to help prevent children from strangling or getting entangled in the neck and waist drawstrings in upper garments, such as jackets or sweatshirts.
Pit bulls are a defective dog breed and all 3.5 million should be recalled.
Recent defects include:
2Viewpoint: The CDC Fatal Dog Attack Report Issued in 2000 Was Positively Biased
02/21/10: 2010 Fatality: 37-Year Old Philadelphia Woman Killed by Mother's Pit Bulls
02/18/10: 2010 Fatality: Terry Child, 5-years old, Killed by Neighbor's Pit Bull
12/16/09: Historic Recall: 50 Million Blinds Recalled Following Child Deaths
12/09/09: 2009 Fatality: 70-Year Old Dies After Violent Maiming by Pit Bulls
08/12/09: 2009 Fatality: Leesburg Man, 20, Killed by His Two Pit Bulls Trying to...
04/15/08: Pit Bull Attacks, Seriously Injures Woman in Charlotte, NC
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| 2/25/2010 11:41 PM |
Public policy should, absolutely, be driven by public safety. There are legal requirements for the spacing of the bars on cribs, materials and design of safety seats, types of paint used on toys, materials for children's sleepers and clothing... on and on. How many children, adults, domestic pets and all manner of livestock have to die before the pit bull safety issue is addressed? Clearly, denial is not working here
| 2/26/2010 12:20 AM |
the pit bull is the ford pinto of the dog world, with a bunch of creepy rescue angels like ledy van kavage, donna reynolds, jane berkey, debra bresch all sitting around the big table working out the cost benefit analysis like lee iacocca and the ford board of directors.
| 2/26/2010 12:09 PM |
So why are the pit nutters winning this war? In my opinion, the only difference between the pit bull activists and the pro-BSL side is organization. They get together and lobby and we don't. It really is as simple as that.
One of the things the pro-BSL side is lacking is a place to "congregate" - the nutters have Pit Bull Forum, GameDog, etc, etc and we don't have anywhere. I think dogsbite should consider adding a forum, a moderated forum to keep out the crazies, but one that is not so restricted as the boards here currently are. This would give us an opportunity to discuss ways to lobby for our side.
For example, start calling vets, groomers, doggy daycare, anything we use for our normal dogs and start demanding that they restrict pit bulls and other fighting breeds. Refuse to hire trainers like Stormi King of Seattle, who is a known pit bull activist. Boycott vets that write pro-pit columns or opinion pieces. Boycott businesses whose owners own pits.
There are a lot of us that have been touched by this issue - with thousands of horrendous maulings and a hundred deaths in the last 20years, there has to be. The AVMA and the SPCA would reverse their stance on BSL in short order if they believed it was economically advantageous to them to do so and once they do, it is much easier to get laws that make sense in place to protect our children and our elderly and our pets. But we won't get it done -or at least not nearly as fast - if we just complain in the comments section.
| 2/26/2010 12:51 PM |
I disagree that organization is the only difference. Money -- huge amounts of money from dog-fighters and breeders and their lobbyists -- that's a huge difference. Besides, I believe dogsbite already has a forum like that of which you speak. And I can assure you that many of us "complainers" are doing our part beyond posting here.
And BTW: have you donated to dogsbite.org today? That's something we can all easily do to help the cause.
| 2/26/2010 3:27 PM |
I also agree that money is behind it all. We are a grass roots effort, no money, just justice and truth. We will win and in my opinion, we already are winning. One person can make a difference, so if each of us make the effort, then we have to win.
| 2/27/2010 8:56 AM |
I have two blogs. My original blog is against Nathan Winograd's "No Kill Equation". Since I feel that the pit bull issue can break the back of the NKE, I have joined forces. Winograd is the one who preaches that pits get a bad rap. And I have a blog that has the media reports on pit attacks since these reports can leave the internet, this is a permanent place to recall them. I put info on these blogs to be used as tools to fight and I hope people are using them.
| 2/27/2010 1:07 PM |
Thanks, Honesty. I know we had talked before about having a place where we could send all the pit attack/killing links that we come across. I'll be sure to send them to you now. I think the number of life-altering attacks on people, and not just killings, it would be a staggering number. And then, of course, there's all the pets that are attacked by pits.
| 2/27/2010 2:35 PM |
Honesty is doing a great public service
Here is his/her blog Pit Bull Attacks by State
These attacks do eventually go off line from news sources, so it is very important to keep a record as this blog does
It is also a reource for victims who have been mauled by previous offenders whose history is being hidden
Everyone who cares about the victims- DOCUMENT, DOCUMENT, DOCUMENT
Save web pages to your computer, and there are also web sources where these pages may be permanently stored. Does nyone have information about those?
| 2/27/2010 7:34 PM |
I do google the news for stories daily but if I miss one please send it. There are some days when it is just too depressing but I catch them up within a couple of days. So it would be good to have backup to make sure we get as many on there as we can. And if anyone makes comments on news stories, then mention the blog www.pitattacksbystate.blogspot.com Thanks.
| 3/02/2010 9:11 AM |
Hey, Honesty, how do I get the info to you about attacks? I went to your blog, but I'm not so technical, and can't figure out how to leave info :) Here's one.