I usually don’t write articles such as this, but I am really upset and tired of the media trashing pit bulls, especially from a guy who has never even owned one dog! I received an email from It’s the Pits rescue in San Diego (the pit rescue I volunteer for) about this negative pit bull article. It is one thing for one or a group of people to have a bad opinion about pit bulls but I am really sick of how they are portrayed in the media!
Matthew Hall of the San Diego Union Tribune decided to write a negative article about pit bulls even though he admits in the article he has never even owned a dog! I wrote an article the other day about National Pit Bull Awareness Day and how our community is waiving the adoption fee for pit bulls in the month of October. Matthew thinks this is a bad idea. Please vote at the bottom if you agree or disagree that pit bull adoption fees should be waived for October. Thanks
Matthew Hall wrote this:
Bad taste is totally subjective.
For instance, there’s a difference between the county of San Diego naming a free pit-bull adoption program “Dare to Bull-ieve” and the county waiving $69 adoption fees to entice people to adopt pit bulls in the first place.
Many people would say both are in bad taste, but that one borders on criminal. To those people, I would say, “Dare to Bull-ieve.”
Are pit bulls potentially dangerous? You bet. You might get bit.
But you know what? You might get hit by a bus tomorrow, too. Except that you probably won’t.
Let’s start over. There are three types of people in this world — people who love pit bulls, people who hate them and people who don’t know any better, like children. Or like me, who has never owned a dog and whose youngest daughter is allergic to them.
…First, a brief history of pit bulls. Fifty years ago, pit bulls were regarded by some as “America’s Family Pet.” Then dog fighters began breeding the short, stocky, round-headed dogs to be deadly, and gangbangers and drug dealers took a shine to the little rascals. By the 1980s, laws were being passed across the country to rein in an explosion of pit-bull attacks.
…In the final analysis, I don’t mind nonprofit groups promoting pit bulls as a family pet, but am still bothered by the government doing it.
The obvious question — Are we saving a dog’s life at the expense of a child’s? — leads to a clear answer: We don’t know.
Should county government promote pit-bull adoptions by waiving fees? Vote Here.
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