Propaganda Flooding City Officials
Anderson, SC - It's a simple formula, and it's happening right now in Anderson. A small or mid-sized town suggests a public safety measure to protect its citizens and pets: They seek to regulate pit bull type dogs. Alarms fire off across the county, which are typically sounded by lobbying groups that have no interest in public safety. Then non-constituent pit bull advocates from all over the county flood the inboxes of city officials with pro-pit bull propaganda.
- "Responsible" dog owner lobbying groups (pit bull advocates), breeder lobbying groups and the AKC send out announcements containing a description of the proposed ordinance and that the new ordinance should be opposed. View sample.
- Strong "talking points" are provided to help the dog owner oppose the ordinance in a more educated manner. Often times, a pre-written letter is available to copy and paste so that dog owners can simply sign their name to it and click "send."
- Contact information of city council members, the mayor and other policymakers is always included: email address, phone number and mailing address.
- These announcements are quickly transferred to online forums dominated by pit bull advocates nationwide. These members, most non-constituents, flood city officials with biased information.
Currently, the city of Anderson is continuing an "investigation into vicious dogs," and has appointed a seven-member committee. Councilman Tony Stewart said the council selected representatives from several areas to ensure that the city gets well-rounded advice.
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