Maul Talk Manual
DogsBite.org - Have you ever wondered why terms, such as "canine racism" and "dog holocaust" appear in mauling threads following a serious or fatal pit bull attack? How about, "You are ignorant" and "You are a racist"? In a project combining members of the DogsBite.org community, we've defined over 90 phraseologies, separated into 15 categories, used by Maul Talkers (pit bull owners and advocates) to dominate and spin the pit bull debate both locally and nationally.
Each term has also been tagged with the term's underlying tactic, such as abusive ad hominem, anthropomorphism, black-or-white, red herring and more. We invite readers to browse the manual's 15 categories. You will quickly discover that nearly all phraseologies stemmed from the mid 1980s in response to the first wave of U.S. cities adopting pit bull laws. In these 25 years, the terms have not changed. What has changed is the frequency of serious and fatal pit bull maulings.
In 1985, pit bulls killed 9 U.S. citizens, a person every 40.5 days. Data from just over a 5-year period, from January 1, 2005 to March 8, 2010, shows that pit bulls killed a U.S. citizen every 21.5 days. It is critical that readers familiarize themselves with Maul Talk and recognize the language for what it is: distortions and strategies to hide the pit bull's horrific and unmatched safety record. Submissions to the Maul Talk Manual can be emailed to the website and left in the comments section below.
Maul Talk Manual Categories:
- Advocacy Groups
- Appeal to Higher Loyalties
- Blame the Victim
- Condemnation of the Critics
- Denial of Dog Owner’s Responsibility
- Denial of Pit Bull’s Responsibility
- Dogmen and Dogfighting
- DogsBite.org Term
- Emphasizing Positive Traits
- Minimization of Attack
- Minimization of Injury
- Perceived Expert
- Terror Tactics
- Victimizing Pit Bulls
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