People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) won’t be making friends with Pit Bull owners anytime soon now that it has lent its support to an organization that aims to have Pit Bulls banned in the United States.
This “advocacy” group that PETA now endorses is described as “a North American coalition of over 50 Pit Bull attack victim support groups, websites and major nonprofit organizations,” according to its website. It alleges that Pit Bulls are problematic animals, dogs that it stereotypes as being dangerous to people, families, pets and farm animals and causing problems for taxpayers, shelters, law enforcement agencies, journalists — the list goes on.
The group calls on the public to advocate for breed-specific legislation that would ban the ownership of Pit Bulls, support mandatory spay-neutering of “Pit Bull-type dogs,” and promote education about the “genetic inheritance of canine aggression in Pit Bull type dogs.” It has designated October 24 as National Pit Bull Victim Awareness Day, the same days as National Pit Bull Awareness Day, and has even launched a hashtag —#NationalPitBullVictimAwarenessDay.
— GonetotheSnowDogs (@Gone2theSnowDog) October 20, 2015
“Despite clear evidence that Pit Bulls are responsible for a substantially disproportionate number of attacks, maimings and deaths, humane groups and tax-payer funded animal shelters continue to encourage the public to adopt Pit Bulls by specifically promoting them through initiatives like Pit Bull Awareness Month,” Colleen Lynn, the founder of DogsBite.org, said in a press release.
Needless to say, Pit Bull owners and advocates have not been pleased with PETA’s decision, and have sounded off on social media.
“I don’t think I will be supporting PETA anytime soon,” one dog blogger tweeted.
According to The Huffington Post, PETA has said that it will be “putting together a feature on Pit Bulls” in the next few weeks, one that might explain its decision to speak out against these dogs.
Until then, for a lot of dog lovers, PETA might as well be another four-letter word.
— DogBuddy (@DogBuddyCo) October 20, 2015