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As sure as summer follows spring, when there is a string of pit bull attacks there will soon be a coordinated public relations campaign to rehabilitate the reputation of the "world's most maligned breed."
The public relations blizzard following the recent attacks on Javon Roberson, Emako Mendoza, Marcella Gilbert, Roy McSweeney, as well as countless other recent attacks, clearly establishes a pattern. The advocates would like to displace the news of pit bull attacks by filling every news cycle with stories that ignore the reality of the attacks. By doing so they engage in a massive disinformation campaign, and thereby disgrace themselves.
* * * * *Giving Pit Bulls a Better Image
The following "news" stories were all published concurrently with the attacks mentioned above.
The Nanny Dogs
Shelter Partners for Pit Bulls
Pit Bulls: Saving America's Dog
In San Diego Attack, Dogs Were Victims Too
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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" should 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.
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.
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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