Friday, November 29, 2013

Puppycide?? the "po-po" dog shooters

Within the last few weeks, we've had a near daily rash of fatal dog-shootings.  There is the inevitable backlash, the outrage, the fury--that an armed, trained, intelligent human ... would be so "extreme".  Would respond with "excessive" force.  
"Surely there must be another way!"  
"Shooting a dog, nonetheless family dogs?? How sadistic/lazy/cruel/other-negative-character-traits-here!!  I mean, who can't handle a dog, right? Throw it a steak or get over a fence or talk real nice and sweet to it or rope it with a harness, or just kick it away, right?"

The problem is... these 'common-sense' assumptions saddle a breed with uncommon aggressive habits and attack style.  Brutal attacks by pit bull type dog breeds are a daily occurrence.  Every 12-14 days (some years more, some years less, but the trend over the last 30 years is a steady incline...)  they kill another American--this doesn't count the fatalities occurring in the UK, NSW, Brazil, etc..  Every six days someone loses a BODY PART to these dogs--even if they were loved and spoiled family pets, raised from puppy-hood and bonded over years and years of uneventful cohabitation.

Trying to warn anyone about these crucial and life-altering differences typically gets a person assaulted and threatened, and called a 'hater', 'racist', 'ignorant', among other ugly ad hominem toss-outs.  This onslaught of harassment is so steady and prolific that it often is effective in silencing a truth-sayer.

Ergo, the majority of the community plods on, oblivious to the danger roaming around on four legs.  But law enforcement knows.  Their experience far out-classes that of the average joe-schmoe, even those who claim to be animal rescuers and the like.  These men and women of the law regularly face "when-things-go-wrong" scenarios.  The average pet owners' experience is tempered by the fact that their own sphere of exposure is relatively small, and experience with crisis situations may be non-existent... until it's too late.

I'm not claiming no police officer has ever done wrong or exercised bad judgement... they're fallible and human mortals like the rest of us.  What they do have, though, is training and experience with crisis situations in abundance.  They must follow protocol.  That protocol is based on a precedent of history. That history shows it is far too reckless to let a pit bull type dog roam at large--especially when it's aggressive.  What these animals do to people is not like the fearful, quick bite-and-release snap of an ordinary domestic dog.

Additionally, law enforcement must act with prevention in mind.  Preservation of the peace.  "Prevent "the deed."  This breed is infamous for sustaining attacks even after being beaten, gouged, stabbed, hit by a car, tazed, maced, and even shot REPEATEDLY.  It's important to keep in mind the damage that could be wrought upon the officers or innocent bystanders.  
It's important to keep in mind the unique horrors these animals can visit upon a body with no warning, and in seconds.  

THIS is what the officer must keep in mind when making that split-second decision on how to handle the animal;

(WARNING: graphic and disturbing images below--these are included for educational purposes only.  These are a pictorial representation of the 'side effects' of a pitbull attack, much like how manufacturers of medicines and products are obligated to be responsible and must include warning labels listing all known dangers--no matter how remote the chances are.)

Do you still think law enforcement should play coombaya with these animals first, when they approach the officer during/right after an attack?

Ideological comforts first! No memorial for attack victims allowed??

In reviewing some links on my own personal page, I was both startled and nauseated to find that a tribute video to pit bull attack victims had been stripped from YouTube.  It was not graphic, it was not offensive, it was barely even political.  The focus was on remembering the deceased and putting a little humanity--faces, names, stories--to the otherwise abstract, cold statistics currently representing those people.

It makes me sad that I have to wonder of the newest tribute video:
how long will this one last until it is flagged, censored, and stripped from view?  How many times will it have to be re-uploaded in response to fanatics flag-bombing it into obscurity?

Precedent shows it is not just videos that are subject to unfounded flagging and removal. The Wikipedia entry for the breed is penned by fanatics, offers no quarter from anyone else, and any time someone attempts to inject anything but, their material is immediately removed.  One user edit offering statistics and fatalities lasted no longer than a half day; another was live for only three hours.  Venture into any pit bull fanatic forum discussing 'management' of BSL supporters, and you will find page after page of encouragement to flag and harass authors/a post/sponsors until the 'offending' material is removed.

The only thing separating this tribute to the dead from so many others (such as tributes to 9/11 or cancer victims) is the manner of death in which they were taken.  Why does their killer merit more concern and defense and outrage than the victim??  Why is it wrong to honor and remember them??

Even victim memorials are targeted.  The owners of the two pit bulls--Ricky and Christi George--that killed 10 year old Justin Clinton vindictively demanded destruction of a small memorial assembled by his classmates, friends, and family.  In an attempt to avoid legal consequences via touting their "good character", they formally testified that they were sympathetic to the family.  This was before they forced removal of the little flower-pot and cross memorial.

Justin Clinton memorial, pit bull attack 
(image from
After the attack, classmates of Justin created a make-shift memorial at the spot where he took his last breath. The location is next to CR 133 and falls at the very back of the George's property, a distance from their house and fenced yard. Recently, the George's demanded that the memorial be removed from their leased property.
Mrs. Clinton states:
"Our family has been touched by the love and prayer of our community when they established this small make-shift memorial for Justin. Everyday my daughter would go by the memorial on her way to school. As a cheerleader for the school, she would each day say a prayer and give Justin a cheer at the site of his gruesome death. This helped her cope with her grief."
Here is the most recent tribute.  It's so compelling, and beautiful (in a tragic way) that fanatics will, no doubt, be foaming and rallying to strip it from view ASAP.

It's so sad that putting a face to an issue involves, predominantly, so many young children. Here is the product of the nanny dog myth. Here is the reason why perpetuating the myth, and regurgitating garbage like "[they'll only] lick you to death" is not only extremely offensive and wrong, but in the face of such recurrent tragedy--it's OBSCENE. This is why I will never suffer utterance of such garbage ever again. ...and this--this is only representative of less than one complete year

People have been so blinded to the frequency and severity of these atrocities (occurring daily--an attack on a person, pet, or livestock) and seek only to perpetuate the same tired, false propaganda pumped through: 

-false experts, 
-scripted "reality" shows, 
-advocates with a vested financial interest in keeping the problem lidded from public purview (including dog-fighters, whose industry is $50 billion strong, and fight purses can be $10,000 high), 
-gross spinning and manipulation of the facts, 
-omission of fact, 
or--more often than not--outright deceit.

...and yet, people have the gall to proselytize that a media "conspiracy" and "witch hunt" is at work here.
The pit-negative "conspiracy"
If anything, the media is a tool of benefit to such a lethal cause, and fake experts exploit it to push their agenda every day.

It's disgusting to me that people respond with such furious outrage over just TALKING about the problem (how dare I!?) and are so recalcitrant on the DEATHs of innocent people occurring every 12-14 days. To those that would be dead silent about/ignore the dead, but rally and froth for merely mentioning the pit problem/sharing information--shame on you!

Such people won't even take a moment to view such a beautiful, but tragic tribute comprised mostly of images and music (a few seconds or less of text sharing data, is not a politic-laden piece--the rest is in honoring the deceased)... People are more likely than not to gloss over posts/the issue entirely, and yet will turn around and sanctimoniously declare others are "ignorant" and should "open [their] mind[s]".  This, from those who refuse to investigate anything further than their noses.