Among the many issues raised by Beth’s ANIMALS 24-7 essay “Why pit bulls will break your heart,” published yesterday at http://wp.me/p4pKmM-HI, is whether ANIMALS 24-7 is obsessed about pit bull issues that most of the humane community prefers to ignore.
Indeed, of the first 350 articles posted by ANIMALS 24-7 in five months online, about 10% have focused on pit bull proliferation, attacks by pit bulls on humans and other animals, and––especially––pit bull attacks occurring because humane societies and animal control agencies pretend that the risks associated with dogs bred for centuries to kill other dogs, tethered bulls, and escaped slaves do not exist.
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I too think the number of humane supporters who are distressed by the big humane groups’ near-obsessive promotion of pit bulls is growing.
Recently, the HSUS blog featured an entry repeating the familiar refrain of “pit bulls are just like any other dog.” What was unusual was the huge groundswell of comments this blog received in disagreement, including from humane supporters whose own pets had been savaged. I have seen similar uprisings in the comments sections of other animal rights blogs, such as 0ur Hen H0use. As fighting breeds become more common and more people see the uglier side of their behavior, animal rights and welfare groups will either have to take heed and rethink their position or risk hemorrhaging members.