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PETA: An Anti-Pit Bull “Animal Rights” Organization

You would think an organization that constantly shouts about being the world’s leading animal rights group — the collective voice of the voiceless — would rise to defend dogs who are misunderstood, abused, tortured, and fought. Dogs about whom myths run rampant. Dogs who desperately need people to have access to correct information and humane education because their lives, literally, depend on it. You would think all of this but you would be very wrong.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has partnered with various other groups to create “National Pit Bull Victim Awareness Day,”  a day to “raise awareness of the social and financial costs of pit bull attacks.” Pit bull attacks, or, more accurately, attacks by dogs people think or assume to be pit bulls, or, more accurately, dog attacks. Can you spot the one dog who is a pit bull in that graphic? Yea, neither can I. So many myths, so much misinformation. It’s important to educate ourselves about pit bulls, to focus on facts and not sensational headlines. PETA finds facts pesky though.

I guess it shouldn’t come as a surprise, PETA also fiercely advocated for all of Michael Vick’s dogs to be killed, stating that saving them wasn’t a good use of time or money. Let’s try to wrap our heads around that. PETA, which is supposed to be a champion for abused animals, said it was a waste of resources to save dogs who had lived lives full of torture and death. Aren’t those exactly the animals they should be saving? Best Friends Animal Society fought PETA in court, and they won. Michael Mountain, the founder of Best Friends, stated

It’s really difficult as an animal-rights, animal-protection, animal whatever-you-want-to-call-it organization to explain away the fact that pretty much all the animals you rescue, you kill. It doesn’t make logical sense; it doesn’t make emotional sense.

It doesn’t. Thankfully many people believed that the Vick dogs, that pit bull type dogs, were worth fighting for and those dogs went on to be ambassadors for a misunderstood breed, to be service dogs, to touch and change lives. You can learn about a few of them here.

One of the most passionate and thoughtful advocates for pit bull type dogs is the mom of Ray the Vicktory dog. She just wrote a blog piece about PETA’s most recent betrayal of pit bull type dogs — Why PETA? Why?

Killing a dog because of how he looks is not ethical. Judging a dog by appearance not behavior is not animal welfare. And depriving an animal of a loving home is certainly not Animal Rights.

In my mind that is what is most disturbing and sinister about PETA’s support of the misinformation surrounding pit bull type dogs. People look to PETA to be a beacon for animal rights, to be trailblazers. Instead, when it comes to pit bulls, they are dragging along an outdated, false, belief system that pit bull type dogs are inherently dangerous. Why? To what aim? They claim to approach this from the point of view that pit bulls are at an increased risk for abuse, and that’s why they should be euthanized. But they are propping up lies by partnering with groups who state pit bull type dogs are inherently dangerous.

Here’s my opinion — I believe the folks at PETA know the “pit bulls are inherently dangerous” line is an ancient lie. I believe they know pit bull type dogs, even those who have been forced to fight, can be saved and can go on to be loving, devoted companions. That’s what makes this sinister — they know, but they continue to spread the lies and add their “credibility” as The World’s Leading Animal Rights Organization, to people who would celebrate if pit bull type dogs were extinct. And I believe they do it because it is one step closer to their end game, which is to kill. Killing animals should be counter-intuitive for an animal right’s organization, for PETA it is SOP. It is SOP for them to betray the animals they are supposed to be fighting for. This is just one more battle in their ongoing war, and that battle is easily won if people continue to believe the myths and lies about pit bull type dogs. So educate yourselves and those around you, don’t believe the hype, and fight back against groups who continue to allow these dogs to suffer because of their willful ignorance or ulterior motives.

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12 thoughts on “PETA: An Anti-Pit Bull “Animal Rights” Organization

  1. Thank you for your kind words. And thank you for this very powerful post.

  2. PETA advocacy states, “save the cockroaches” but KILL all dogs and cats….what a bunch of lunatics

  3. Nnels on said:

    thanks for letting us know what they are up to. I am a dog bite victim, got a mangled finger to show for it. The Australian shepherd bit me when I tried to break up a fight between her and the foster pit mix. It took me a long time to resolve this in my mind. Any dog fight or dog attack can be beyond human comprehension…the dogs have a separate and secret agenda. But I do know this…the dogs forgive. And the dogs are just doing what they think is right…largely due to how humans train them.

  4. There are some who believe that PETA is responsible for the plight of pit bull type dogs due to a fundraising campaign they ran in or around the late 70’s early 80’s. They attempted to raise funds off the backs of dogs used for fighting. They described in detail the horrible things done to the dogs in an attempt to make them vicious. Until this time, dog fighting was primarily limited to more rural areas. PETA essential taught the drug dealers and hoodlums how to abuse the dogs and then painted them (the dogs) as monsters making them that much more desirable to those with ill-intent.

    • EmilyS on said:

      no, that was HSUS and ASPCA that had the anti-dogfighting campaign. HSUS ALSO advocated for victims of dogfighting to be killed, including the Vick dogs. Then they realized what a goldmine the dogs could be and started fundraising claiming to be advocates. They disappeared their history of telling shelters to kill pit bulls

  5. Reblogged this on In my own little world and commented:
    Fabulous anti PETA piece.

  6. Merese on said:

    PETA’s youtube on the conditions that many pitbulls used for breeding and dog fighitng live in is very sad. Its a fact that pitbulls are spayed and neutered at the lowest rate of all dogs. How is advocating for spay and neutering of cats to prevent homeless, starving cats okay but advocating for spay and neutering and bans on breeding where necessary to stop pitbulls from being used in dog fighting not also humane? Pitbulls are crying, bleeding, dying and starving this very minute in cruel conditions where they are kept by dog fighters until they get a moment of freedom to fight. How humane is that? And why weren’t pitbulls promoted so aggressively to fuel their overpopulation until dog fighting became illegal? When dog fighitng was legal, dog fighting was less common. Now with all of the overbreeding, dog fighting is flourishing and neglectful breeders don’t care about pitbulls either. Like drug dealers, they only care about money. We can’t adopt our way out this overpopulation mess and grant monies earmarked to offer free spay and neutering to owners of pitbulls is continually returned unused. I would not own a pitbull.. I don’t want to help hide dog fighters. Every pitbull owned helps hide them. Finding a dog fighter now is like finding a needle in a haystack which is why they want them to be popular and overbred . Peta did not create this mess and breeders and dog fighters are supporting organizations and propagandists that once worked for big tobacco. How many pitbulls must die before people really think about the overbreeding and dog fightng problem. 100 pitbulls in 100 days video : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=arPB4FHgwHg&feature=youtu.be http://www.nationalpitbullvictimawarenessday.org/scope-of-issues/ http://investigations.peta.org/breed-specific-legislation/

    • Spaying/neutering and BSL are two completely separate issues. No pit bull advocate that I’ve seen is advocating for NOT spaying/neutering. What they, we, are saying is that it is wrong to judge the behavior of a dog based on appearance. Specific to dog fighting — dogs who have been tortured and forced to fight deserve a chance at a happy life with a loving family. If PETA had their way ALL those dogs rescued from dog fighting would be immediately euthanized and deprived of a chance to know love, kindness, devotion from a human. How is that humane?

  7. Dave Steen on said:

    My dog was taken with my tags and vaccines attached and he also has a chip, I have information on where he might be which is not a good situation she’s not even a year… Her name is Brownie… please help me to and my puppy before it’s too late… It is a pitbull if that makes any difference but will not be raised o and my puppy before it’s too late… It is a pitbull if that makes any difference but will not be raised r treated cruelty . Please help…. 8434099916. Marion, SC

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