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Kids Prove Pit Bulls Make Awesome Best Friends

Kids Prove Pit Bulls Make Awesome Best Friends

Myths and stereotypes surrounding pit bulls have continued to spread far and wide causing many people to fear and persecute dogs whose only real crime is the way they look. The stigma that follows them has led to unfounded breed discriminatory policies across the country, but their advocates are working hard to dispel the myths and educate the public about the true nature of bully breeds.

Thanks to the tireless work of their advocates, people are learning the truth, and it’s getting harder and harder not to accept that pit bulls, who have been affectionately dubbed ‘pibbles,’ are just like any other dog and no less deserving of loving homes.

The Stand Up for Pits Foundation, an organization founded by Los Angeles-based comedian and pit bull advocate Rebecca Corry, is one that’s committed to helping these dogs. The organization just released a heartwarming video featuring kids, along with their pibble besties, sharing some wise words about how we should treat them.

Stand Up for Pits also organized the first ever One Million Pibble March on Washington that took place over the weekend at the U.S. Capitol, drawing an estimated 4,500 people who came out to show their support for bully breeds.

The march was inspired by Corry’s own dog Angel, a formerly abused pit, and organized in an effort to help create safe communities for both people and pets by speaking out against discrimination and abuse, in addition to sending a strong message that breed bans are targeting the wrong end of the leash when it comes to efforts to keep communities safe.

“My goal is to create safe and humane communities for humans and pets by advocating, educating and offering solutions,” Corry told King5. “This is not just an animal issue; it is a social issue that affects us all. It is proven people who commit violent acts against animals will likely — and most often times do go on to — commit crimes against humanity. The targeting of pit bull terriers is an obvious reflection of broken society, but one that can be fixed. The Pibble March provides us a national platform to be the voice of millions of voiceless victims, and we will be heard. Abuse and discrimination can no longer be tolerated.”

You can watch Corry’s speech here.

While proposals for breed specific legislation (BSL) targeting pit bills continue to pop up, the number of cities and states that have passed legislation stamping it out continues to grow. South Dakota and Utah just passed laws making breed bans illegal, Maryland lawmakers overturned a ruling that declared all pit bulls are inherently dangerous, and Washington, Vermont and Missouri are working on it. Recently passed legislation has also finally made it a federal crime to attend an animal fight.

The White House has also taken a stand against BSL, issuing a formal statement in opposition last year, which made the West Lawn a perfect backdrop for advocates to speak out on behalf of pit bulls.

For more information about BSL and bully breed advocacy, check out the Stand Up for Pits Foundation, National Canine Research Council, the Animal Farm Foundation and Stop BSL.

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5:16PM PDT on Aug 19, 2014

A dog is a dog is a dog. They love unconditionally. Accept it.

7:34PM PDT on Jul 26, 2014

Humans are most dangerous breed

1:38AM PDT on Jul 18, 2014

Thank you

12:23PM PDT on May 27, 2014

I have and always will believe the Pit is not the problem. It is the owners. Yes, Pits are powerful but the are also love buckets. Put that power into abusive or stupid hands and THAT is where the Pits get into trouble. I have had Pits go afer 2 of my dogs - 3 different times. The Owners were the problem. Irresponsible. While I am trying to block the Pit from getting to my dog, the idiot owners just flaps his gums and says "oh, he's friendly, loves kids"... and on and on. It is those idiots that have ruined the reputation of the Pit.

Joy T. I think I agree!

1:45PM PDT on May 25, 2014

On January 5th, 2011, James McWilliams published an article in the New York Times titled “Breeding Killers?” discussing the topic of BSL and breed bans. He attempts to describe the nature of pit bulls and uses his personal experience to qualify the argument that pit bulls are, “genetically hardwired to be anxious, aggressive and defensive.”[ii] Dr. Jim Ha, a Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist and professor at the University of Washington, responds, “There is no scientific evidence for this. When people make statements like that, they need to back it up. There are a lot of un-sourced statements out there.” Like so many other journalists, instead of reading and citing studies that would present scientific evidence contrary to his personal opinion, McWilliams justifies his genetic pontificating with personal anecdotes. His evidence is that he owned a pit bull in which “no amount of training or socialization helped him in the least”. Needless to say, his experience with just one pit bull does not constitute a scientific study and from a research perspective, this is a sample size of one dog that he uses to characterize millions of dogs.
http://www.examiner.com/article/breed-specific-legislation-a-look-at-the-evidence

3:32PM PDT on May 20, 2014

Rebeca youre a hero, God Bless you for all your work!!!!

1:23PM PDT on May 19, 2014

Conclusions—

Although fatal attacks on humans appear to be a breed-specific problem (pit bull-type dogs and Rottweilers), other breeds may bite and cause fatalities at higher rates.

https://www.avma.org/Advocacy/StateAndLocal/Documents/javma_000915_fatalattacks.pdf

https://www.avma.org/Advocacy/StateAndLocal/Documents/javma_000915_fatalattacks.pdf

1:10PM PDT on May 19, 2014

Just in case anyone in Pit Bull Hater Nation wants to cite statistics to prove their point.

In contrast to what has been reported in the news media, the data contained
within this report CANNOT be used to infer any breed-specific risk for dog
bite fatalities (e.g., neither pit bull-type dogs nor Rottweilers can be said to be
more “dangerous” than any other breed based on the contents of this report). To obtain such risk information it would be necessary to know the numbers of each
breed currently residing in the United States. Such information is not available.

• Data in this report indicate that the number of dogs of a given breed associated
with fatal human attacks varies over time, further suggesting that such data should
not be used to support the inherent “dangerousness” of any particular breed. More than 25 breeds have been involved in fatal human attacks over the 20-year
period summarized in this report.

Breeds of dogs involved in fatal human attacks in the United States between 1979 and 1998

Results—

During 1997 and 1998, at least 27 people died of dog bite attacks (18 in 1997 and 9 in 1998). At least 25 breeds of dogs have been involved in 238 human DBRF during the past 20 years. Pit bull-type dogs and Rottweilers were involved in more than half of these deaths.

Conclusions—

Although fatal attacks on humans appear to be a breed-specific problem (pit bull-type dogs and Rottweilers), other breeds m

3:54PM PDT on May 18, 2014

A great read on the Vick Dogs. Pit Bull Hater Nation I implore you to take a look and tell me what you think.
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2008/magazine/12/22/vick.dogs/

8:13PM PDT on May 17, 2014

doesnt even look like a Pit to me

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