Bethesda, MD - Last November, 1.6 million baby cribs were recalled following the death of two children. It was announced Wednesday that the Consumer Product Safety Commission and the window blind industry are recalling 50 million Roman blind and roller shades after the deaths of five children and the near strangulation of 16. The volume of fatal and horrific pit bull maulings upon children far outweigh these numbers, yet there is no publicly funded agency to protect these children.
Breeders of dangerous dogs have no liability or oversight.
"This morning we have a recall of historic proportions. The Consumer Product Safety Commission and the window blind industry are recalling virtually every Roman blind and roller shade on the market -- around 50 million sets -- because the cords pose a strangulation hazard to children.
Five children have died and another 16 have nearly strangled in the cords of the Roman shades and three children's deaths have been linked to roll-up blinds, which is why the CSPC negotiated the massive recall. But the agency said it's frustrated that it was necessary since the products should have been safer in the first place."
Historic Recall: 3.5 Million Pit Bulls Recalled Following Child Deaths
"This morning we have a recall of historic proportions. The Consumer Product Safety Commission and the pit bull breeding industry1 are recalling virtually every pit bull on the market -- around 3.5 million dogs2 -- because pit bulls pose a horrific hazard to children.
In 2009 alone, 11 children have suffered a violent death at the jaws of a powerful pit bull. Countless other children have suffered permanent disfiguring injury including having their full scalp ripped off, which is why the CSPC negotiated the massive recall. But the agency said it's frustrated that it was necessary since pit bull breeders should have been breeding safer dogs in the first place."
As demonstrated in the 1987 Sports Illustrated article, "The pit bull, friend or killer?" Pit bulls have been maiming and killing individuals since the late 1970s (known as the "pit bull leakage period"). Since this time, pit bulls have an unmatched and unbroken 30-year track record of inflicting serious injury and death upon people. A wise and dear friend of DogsBite.org recently said: "People and policymakers do not want to know the truth about pit bulls, as this implies responsibility."
2Based on pit bulls accounting for 5% of the total U.S. dog population. To see the horrific injustice pit bull breeders inflict upon their dogs, please see: 2009 U.S. Shelter Data Shows that Pit Bulls Account for 58% of Dogs Euthanized.
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