I want to petition the world to change their mindset and embrace Pit Bulls.: End the prejudices and misconceptions targeted towards Pit Bulls
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Pit bulls are sweet, loving creatures that have a bad reputation. Why should we discriminate against them because of negative stereotypes that aren’t true? Together we can end the prejudice. Give a voice to the animals without one.
“Pit Bull” is a term applied to many different breeds of dogs – such as, the American Pit Bull Terrier, the American Staffordshire Terrier, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier, and sometimes the American Bulldog. In fact Pit Bulls are often misidentified and are actually other breeds that have somewhat of a resemblance. Boxers, Bullmastiffs, and Bulldogs are commonly mistaken for pit bulls (Facts-About-Pit-Bulls). Originally, the dogs were bred to be athletic and strong as they were a working breed. Another interesting fact is that aggressiveness was bred out of the breed because they were desired to be family dogs. Pit bulls were known in the early 1900’s as “nanny dogs” because they were tolerant and gentle with children. Helen Keller’s dog, “Sir Thomas”, was a pit bull, and so was “Petey”, the canine mascot of the Little Rascals (Facts-About-Pit-Bulls). This contrasts with the reputation that they now have.
Pit Bulls are now viewed as violent and aggressive because of the fact that they became popular with gangsters and dog fighters like Michael Vick. The animals in fights were abused and that is how they became so aggressive. Despite this severe mistreatment, Pit Bulls remain sweet and loving creatures and family dogs. Pit Bull attacks and bites are known to draw more media attention than those of other breeds. In a four-day study of dog-bite reportage, the National Canine Research Council found an anti-pit bull media bias. Three separate fatal attacks by non-pit bull breeds were mentioned once or twice in local papers alone. On the other hand, one non-fatal Pit Bull attack was in national and international papers and covered on major TV news channels over 230 times ("The Truth About Pit Bulls."). Media bias like this, slanders the reputation of Pit Bulls. Now, because of this “aggressive” and “mean” stereotype against them, they “are the ‘most abused, misunderstood dog breed’, comprising an estimated 70% of dogs housed and euthanized in urban animal shelters” (Facts-About-Pit-Bulls).
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