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Animal control officers around the country have told the ASPCA that when they alert the media to a dog attack, the news outlets respond that they have no interest in reporting on the incident unless it involved a pit bull.

This didn’t completely surprise me but what did surprise me was that the news outlets were so upfront about it. I would expect them to be a little more discreet with this because of the unwanted attention they would most likely get from people like me and pit bull owners. I always knew the media was biased around pit bulls, its called “sensationalism.” It’s also partly the police and animal control officer’s fault because they don’t give the full story, they don’t say who the owners were, they don’t say why the pit bull escaped or why wasn’t it  in a secure place. Then at that point, people don’t care to find out the truth, they have already heard enough. Once, there was a Golden Retriever who killed its owner and it made the front page of a news paper, and a pit bull bit someone and it was all over the TV news. The media is adding to the misconceptions about pit bulls and giving them a name they don’t deserve. 

 

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There have been recent threats against pit bulls online and are being targeted this Halloween. This years Halloween has been considered as “national kill a pit bull day” and have pit bull owners worried across the nation. Along with the threats, there have been comments regarding the “national kill a pit bull day” like poisoning dogs and also brutally murdering them with different weapons. The announcement has been advertised on YouTube, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and the Instagram post reads “I’m here by announcing October 31 National kill a pit bull day. After you take the kids trick or treating keep your costume on round up some friends and kill as many pit bulls as you can before midnight.” The posts encourages different ways and different weapons to use in this horrific act. “Baseball bats, knives, bricks and poisons (a hotdog soaked in radiator fluid works well) are all suitable tools.” There has been some talk of this being a joke and then some people are claiming its real. Real or a joke, this should be taken seriously and this Halloween, pit bull owners should be extra careful and take extra precautions to ensure their dogs safety this Halloween.

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In the beginning of August, a four year old girl was attacked by a pit bull at a barbecue in White Rock B.C and then a four year old boy was attacked by a pit bull in Kelowna. The parents of both children are calling for a province wide breed ban. While in Ontario, there is a pressure from the pit bull community to lift the ban on pit bulls because of the unclear description in the legislation. It forbids pit bulls and other dogs with broad shoulders, short hair and a wide forehead. A lot of dogs can apply to this because “pit bull” isn’t a recognized breed, but American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terriers, Staffordshire Bull Terriers or any of them mixed, are. 

I live in B.C, and when I read that a ban could be placed on this breed, I really couldn’t believe it because for so long there has been no breed ban and I kept hoping one would never be placed. The parents of the children are responding out of fear and anger, the only way of preventing these issues is to compel animal cruelty laws and make owners responsible for their pets. A breed ban is just a false idea of safety in a community. Ignorance is a very poor excuse to ban a certain breed. 

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In the Vancouver Sun there was an article written titled “Certain dogs and owners combine for violence” and underneath it, it read “Pit bulls, Rottweilers and dog-wolf hybrids are responsible for most attacks – so why aren’t they more restricted?” Basically Stephen Hume, the writer who wrote the article, is an uneducated, biased and ignorant. He wrote “Pit bulls, Rottweilers and wolf crosses are the bazookas of the dog world. Perfectly safe as long as they don’t go off; devastatingly lethal when they do. And nobody, least of all their owners, seems to be able to predict when they will go off.” Really? Another article was published in the Vancouver Sun in response to the article written by Hume, Kathy Powelson who is with Paws for Hope Animal Foundation wrote the response article. To what he said that I stated above, she wrote “Huh? This is an issue of responsible pet guardianship, not inherently aggressive breeds” I was pleased to read her response to Hume’s previous article. She also said how the Paws for Hope Animal Foundation and Hug-A-Bull have partnered together to bring Vancouver a documentary called “Beyond The Myth” There will also be a panel of experts to discuss issues such as dangerous dogs, breed bans and responsible pet ownership. They’re screening the documentary at the Vancity Theater on October 20th and 28th at 2pm. I’m excited to attend this screening and meeting others who have the same passion to pit bulls and other misunderstood breeds.

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Earlier this year, Maryland ruled that pit bulls were “inherently dangerous” and also if a tenants dog bites someone, the landlord can be sued. Earlier this month, a letter was sent out to every resident at the Armistead Gardens apartment complex in East Baltimore. The letter reads: “If you have a pit bull or cross-bred pit bull mix, you must get rid of the animal immediately.” One of the residents refuses to get rid of his pit bull, but his only option is to go to court. 

 “What may be in the interest of the community may be to ban pit bulls and anything that looks like a pit bull so they don’t have a financial judgment issued against them.” said the attorney of the resident refusing to get rid of his pit bull.

The ruling from the Maryland Court Of Appeals applies statewide and the first apartment complex to want to get rid of all pit bulls was the Armistead Gardens apartment complex, however this isn’t the only apartment complex willing to do so. While reading through different articles, I read that this only applied to pure bred pit bulls but no such thing exists because a pitty is a type of dog.

 

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On Facebook, there is a page called “I HATE PITBULLS” I am not sure if the page was removed of if it is still up and running. There is no administrator, so you can’t message them to ask to remove the page. On the page, there are graphic pictures of dead pit bulls, dead pit bulls on grills and they took pictures off peoples Facebook pages of their pit bulls and made jokes about shooting and killing their pit bulls. I was disgusted going through these pictures and couldn’t believe someone could ever dedicate a page to one breed of dog they no nothing about. Facebook deletes rude comments that insult others almost instantly but they have not done anything about this page (as far as I know). There is a petition to get the page taken off and please sign it, they already have 21,813 signatures when their goal was only 10,000! I think the more signatures, the better. This Facebook page is vile and needs to be removed immediately. There have been countless people commenting on their pictures and wall, talking about shooting a pit bull dead if they ever saw one. I have spent much of my time reporting this page with the hopes of  it being shut down. Below, I will post the petition site along with some of the pictures on the page *Warning, they are GRAPHIC*

Petition site- http://www.causes.com/causes/791870-take-i-hate-pitbulls-off-facebook/actions/1681884

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On July 24th, an article was published in The Langley Times titled “Dog Rules Discriminate”. In the district of Maple Ridge, staff want to put in a new animal control bylaw that “singles out pit bulls as aggressive” and want to charge owners of pit bulls licensing fees four times as much, but other breeds wouldn’t be charged that much. Pit bulls, any bully or crosses would the charge apply to. The owners would have to pay $200 a year, as an aggressive dog licensing fee, and the dogs are required to wear a muzzle any time they are out. The bylaw is a result of the public reacting to pit bulls and their concerns. 

“The bylaw, as its proposed, discriminates against a certain breed and seems a simple, unfair solution to appease fears that may be unfounded. Basically, it says the district doesn’t want these dogs in Maple Ridge, when really what we want is irresponsible dog owners.”-Maple Ridge News

That quote was taken from the article, and I am happy that someone who isn’t biased, uneducated or ignorant wrote the article because that really does make a difference. 

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