Tell The Bump: Stop Perpetuating Pit Bull Myths
  • Petitioned Jacalyn Lee

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Tell The Bump: Stop Perpetuating Pit Bull Myths

    1. Michelle Hodkin
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      Michelle Hodkin

There is so much for parents to worry about when they're raising a toddler; sharp corners and electrical sockets, heavy objects, glass--anything that isn't nailed down, really. But The Bump, an online community created by the founders of the popular wedding planning site The Knot, thinks that mothers of seventeen-month-olds need to add pit bulls to that list.

The Bump bills itself as a site aimed at giving "first-time parents the lowdown on fertility, pregnancy, birth, and babies with stage-by-stage advice, stylish ideas, local resources, and interactive tools." In a monthly informational email sent to subscribers, the company sent an email to mothers of seventeen-month-olds, which included the following text:

"By now your toddler has tons of new tricks, like opening every cabinet door in the house, chucking his toys across the room, stripping off his diaper, and shrieking like a banshee. You might also find that he is either terrified of dogs and strangers or shows absolutely no fear at all. Either way is fine, as long as you offer support and supervision -- and steer clear of pit bulls."

Pit bulls are no more dangerous than any other type of dog, but spreading fear and misinformation can be. Insinuating that moms should "steer clear of pit bulls" could lead to a perception that it's perfectly acceptable to leave a child unsupervised with other breeds and types of dogs, which it isn't. And by perpetuating breed myths, The Bump could cause family dogs to lose their homes.

Tell The Bump to issue a retraction to the subscribers who received the email. Pit bulls, toddlers, and their parents deserve better.

Photo credit: Jennifer Lee

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    1. Reached 3 signatures
    2. Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      The Bump says they've removed the pit bull reference for the next round of emails, and that only a small portion of their list received the original message. However, the record still needs to be set straight with the parents who received the original irresponsible email, so keep the pressure on!

    3. The Bump Blasts Pit Bulls: Parenting Site Spreads Breed Discrimination

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      The Bump bills itself as a site aimed at giving "first-time parents the lowdown on fertility, pregnancy, birth, and babies with stage-by-stage advice, stylish ideas, local resources, and interactive tools." In a monthly informational email sent to...

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    • melanie leone WINNETKA, CA
      • over 3 years ago

      Sickened to know that this petition has to even exsist & I have to sign it due to uneducated ignorant people that have no clue about this wonderful breed! God bless the pitbull!

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    • Maria Jose Garcia VALLADOLID, SPAIN
      • over 3 years ago

      Cada perro es como se le educa,he visto perros obligados a pelear cómo al estar a cargo de otra persona han mostrado su lado más dulce .Ya basta de prejuicios.

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    • Michael Sumner BRIGHTON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 3 years ago

      Stupid, irresponsible, reckless scaremongering from someone who should know better.

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    • S. M. Miller LAS VEGAS, NV
      • over 3 years ago

      Toddlers should be closely supervised while playing with any dog.

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    • Kimberly Dixon SPARKS, NV
      • over 3 years ago

      As a long-time member of theKnot, theNest, and theBump, and a responsible owner of a wonderful pittie girl, I am appalled to see such a slur in a mass email. I have not been active on the Pets board in some time, but I'm certain the ladies there acted quickly to resolve this issue. Please issue a retraction.

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