Time to Take Action
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 BullsBy the Tyler Paper Staff, Tyler Morning Telegraph
January 19, 2010
Advocates 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.
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...
Read: Article in full
Prevent the deed, regulate the breed!
2Another Pit Bull Attack Reported, Boy, 8, Slashed, Sarasota Herald-Tribune, April 29, 1980
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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