People Must Come First
DogsBite.org - Carrie Pollare recently wrote an article titled, "Getting Bullish Against BSL," that was published by the Huffington Post. In the article, Pollare repeats the many pit bull distortions voiced by pro-pit bull groups. For instance, the real problem is "individual" vicious dogs and the "criminals" who create them. Pollare neglects to mention the many "nice" family pit bulls that violently attack, most recently, the two pit bulls that killed 10-year old Justin Clinton in Texas.
Pollare also neglects to mention the array of studies that show pit bulls as the primary instigators of severe and fatal attacks. She conveniently leaves out the U.S. justice system as well. Numerous State Supreme and Appeals Courts, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court have declared well written breed-specific legislation is constitutional. These rulings are based on the "genetic" attack traits of pit bulls and the danger they pose to the public.
These attack traits are inborn due to centuries of selecting for these traits, specifically for the purposes of dogfighting.
Pollare is also the creator of the, "I'm Tired of" campaign. She recently added the "I'm Tired of BSL" bracelet to the collection. Half of the sales of this bracelet go to Best Friends Animal Society's Stop BSL program. Best Friends hardly stops at opposing BSL, however. In the wake of Michael Vick, Best Friends has launched a nationwide campaign to "rehabilitate" pit bulls seized in dogfighting raids -- the most unstable pit bulls of all -- and turn them into household pets.
In response to Pollare's reckless campaign designed to stop municipalities from enacting pit bull ordinances,1 whereby causing more innocent citizens and beloved pets to be at risk of a violent pit bull attack, DogsBite.org would like to share what we are tired of. The pit bull problem is nearly 30 years old. In this time, countless people and pets have suffered disfiguring injury and death by these dogs. Due to Pollare and groups like Best Friends, these maulings will only continue.
What DogsBite.org is Tired of :
- We are tired of innocent children suffering catastrophic injury or death after a "nice" family pit bull attacks.
- We are tired of LifeFlight emergency responders airlifting pit bull attack victims to major trauma centers and specialized burn units.
- We are tired of these victims forced to pay six figure medical bills because the pit bull owner was "judgment proof" (asset less).
- We are tired of policymakers that "shrink and wither" in the face of pit bull lobbying groups instead of standing up for victims.
- We are tired of animal welfare groups that continue to distort the truth about pit bulls, which directly leads to new attacks.
- We are tired of major humane societies that do not support pit bull sterilization laws, despite the fact that 750,000 pit bulls are euthanized annually.2
- We are tired of "No Kill" groups like Best Friends that refuse to acknowledge the thousands of innocent animals killed by pit bulls.
- We are tired of all animal groups that "mislabel" pit bulls during the adoption process or after a serious or deadly attack.
- We are tired of pit bulls so tightly wired with "dog-aggression" that they break into people's homes to attack their pets.
- We are tired of pit bulls with so much jaw power that it takes a crow bar or the claw end of a hammer to pry them open during an attack.
- We are tired of pit bull owners, supporters and experts that consistently blame victims after serious and deadly attacks.
- We are tired of pit bull owners that refuse to euthanize their dog after a 1st, 2nd or 3rd violent, unprovoked attack on a person.
- We are tired of pit bull owners getting off "scott free" after a devastating attack, even when they knew their dog was dangerous.
- Finally, we are tired of the grossly archaic state and local laws that make the last two bullet points possible!
Readers, please leave what you are "tired of" in the comments section.
2It was reported in 2007 by Animal People that U.S. shelters killed about 1.4 million dogs per year. 750,000 of these dogs were pit bulls and their mixes.
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