Sunday, June 26, 2011

Michigan Comment


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The comment below was a response to Michigan (posted June 13, 2011).

Our policy is to avoid debate on these pages. In this case we are making an exception and will respond to Anonymous. The comment is posted below and our reply follows.

The comment function on SRUV was disabled entirely on December 31, 2011.

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Anonymous said...
Do you understand the science behind the discontinuation of tracking dog bites by breed? The average person cannot identify the correct dog breed on site. The only way to tell beyond a doubt is through DNA testing. Are you also aware that BSL has NOT decreased the numbers of violent dog attacks. It has increased the legal costs in areas such as Denver that have killed dogs w/ registration papers showing they are NOT a "pitbull." Meanwhile Calgary CA has managed to create a system that has protected residents and they are well on their way to being a no kill area. They managed this through identifying dangerous dogs, holding irresponsible owners accountable, educating the public, and increasing the fines for not having pets (cats and dogs) registered. Rather than spend so much time and energy attacking a type of dog and ALL the people who own them why don't you preach about ways to solve ALL aggressive dog attacks. After all, when a bullet from a gun kills a person do we blame the gun or the person holding it?


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After all, when a bullet from a gun kills a person do we blame the gun or the person holding it?
> > > Both, of course. Are you serious?

Do you understand the science behind the discontinuation of tracking dog bites by breed?
> > > What planet have you been on?  Dog bites are indeed still tracked by breed, as well as other relevant factors. See Statistics, below.

The average person cannot identify the correct dog breed on site. 
> > > > Where did you get that idea? Everyone I know can identify a pit bull. Can't you identify pit bulls?

Are you also aware that BSL has NOT decreased the numbers of violent dog attacks. 
> > > Oh Good Lord, you've been reading all the fantasy numbers dreamed up by Best Friends and AFF. Both groups are upfront about their agenda, which is to promote pit bulls, so it's understandable that their data is biased.  It's a peculiarity of pit bull advocates that they accept only the information that supports the opinions they already embrace. There's plenty of other information out there, if you look at sites other than pit advocacy sites.

They managed this through identifying dangerous dogs, holding irresponsible owners accountable, . .  
> > > > Pit advocates endorse dangerous dog legislation for a good reason: under DDL the pit bulls that bite are often released back to their owners without prejudice, and the victims are left with no recourse. Often the victims and their pets or livestock are unable to get compensation. You can see evidence of this any day of the week by looking at the news. Pit bull advocates love DD legislation so much that they even offer to assist communities in writing this legislation. Would this make sense in a sane world? Why would any community allow pit bull advocates to write their dangerous dog legislation?!

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One thing that's obvious to anyone reading pit bull blogs is that pit advocates always argue with a conviction that borders on the obsessive. It's a given that pit advocates believe their opponents have not read or don't understand the literature. That's why the obsession of trying to educate the opponent is emphasized, and why it's so irritating and patronizing.

We could reach a better understanding of our problems and how to resolve them if we could raise the level of discussion. That hasn't happened here. As we've mentioned elsewhere in these pages, pit advocates have a limited number or arguments, most of which are canned. It's easy to debate advocates of fighting breeds, but it's a meaningless exercise.

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Statistics:
Statistics quoted on SRUV are from the nation's authoritative source for current dog attack statistics, the 30+ year, continuously updated Dog attack deaths and maimings, U.S. & Canada.
View or download the current PDF

2014 Year-end report of dog attacks
   Animals 24-7; January 3, 2015
32 years of logging fatal & disfiguring dog attacks
   Animals 24-7; September 27, 2014
How many other animals did pit bulls kill in 2014?
   Animals 24-7; January 27, 2015

This page may also include information from Dogsbite &Fatal Pit Bull Attacks.

Google News: Today's pit bull attacks

2014 Dog Bite Related Fatalities on Daxton's Friends
Index of canine fatalities on Daxton's Friends

Definitions:
SRUV uses the definition of "pit bull" as found in the Omaha Municipal Code Section 6-163. As pit bulls are increasingly crossed with exotic mastiffs, Catahoula Leopard Dogs and other breeds, the vernacular definition of "pit bull" must be made even more inclusive.

Sources cited by news media sometimes refer to "Animal Advocates" or sometimes "Experts." In many cases these words are used to refer to single-purpose pit bull advocates who have never advocated for any other breeds or species of animals. Media would be more accurate to refer to these pit bull advocates as advocates of fighting breeds.

Similarly, in many cases pit bull advocates refer to themselves as "dog lovers" or "canine advocates" and media often accepts this usage. The majority of these pit bull advocates are single-purpose advocates of fighting breeds.





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