Thursday, April 13, 2006

The truth about PETA

What a crock of POOP! (Hence the brown text)

Controlling an animal as deadly as a weapon

Ingrid Newkirk
Wednesday, June 8, 2005

Most people have no idea that at many animal shelters across the country, any pit bull that comes through the front door doesn't go out the back door alive. From California to New York, many shelters have enacted policies requiring the automatic destruction of the huge and ever-growing number of "pits" they encounter. This news shocks and outrages the compassionate dog-lover.

Here's another shocker: People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, the very organization that is trying to get you to denounce the killing of chickens for the table, foxes for fur or frogs for dissection, supports the shelters' pit-bull policy, albeit with reluctance. We further encourage a ban on breeding pit bulls.

The pit bull's ancestor, the Staffordshire terrier, is a human concoction, bred in my native England, I'm ashamed to say, as a weapon. These dogs were designed specifically to fight other animals and kill them, for sport. Hence the barrel chest, the thick hammer-like head, the strong jaws, the perseverance and the stamina. Pits can take down a bull weighing in at over a thousand pounds, so a human being a tenth of that weight can easily be seriously hurt or killed.

Pit bulls are perhaps the most abused dogs on the planet. These days, they are kept for protection by almost every drug dealer and pimp in every major city and beyond. You can drive into any depressed area and see them being used as cheap burglar alarms, wearing heavy logging chains around their necks (they easily break regular collars and harnesses), attached to a stake or metal drum or rundown doghouse without a floor and with holes in the roof. Bored juveniles sic them on cats, neighbors' small dogs and even children.

In the PETA office, we have a file drawer chock-full of accounts of attacks in which these ill-treated dogs with names like "Murder" and "Homicide" have torn the faces and fingers off infants and even police officers trying to serve warrants. Before I co-founded PETA, I served as the chief of animal-disease control and director of the animal shelter in the District of Columbia for many years. Over and over again, I waded into ugly situations and pulled pit bulls from people who beat and starved them, or chained them to metal drums as "guard" dogs, or trained them to attack people and other animals. It is this abuse, and the tragedy that comes from it, that motivates me.

Those who argue against a breeding ban and the shelter euthanasia policy for pit bulls are naive, as shown by the horrifying death of Nicholas Faibish, the San Francisco 12-year-old who was mauled by his family's pit bulls.

Tales like this abound. I have scars on my leg and arm from my own encounter with a pit. Many are loving and will kiss on sight, but many are unpredictable. An unpredictable Chihuahua is one thing, an unpredictable pit another.

People who genuinely care about dogs won't be affected by a ban on pit- bull breeding. They can go to the shelter and save one of the countless other breeds and lovable mutts sitting on death row. We can only stop killing pits if we stop creating new ones. Legislators, please take note.

Ingrid Newkirk is president of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals ( and the author of "Making Kind Choices" (St. Martin's Griffin, 2005).


Blogger Amstaffie said...

"We can only stop killing pits if we stop creating new ones."

What the heck??!??!?!? This woman is off her rocker. It doesn't matter what kind of dog it is, if it is unsocialized, it's unpredictable in public.

They need to do a comparrison of how many pits that have attacked to the one's out there in loving families like ours that wouldn't hurt a fly. I'm sure the loved ones out weigh the neglected ones.

1:20 PM  
Blogger Conners said...

I received one slam from someone who didn't like what I wrote about PETA, but not everyone knows what Ingrid Newkirk and others have done to animals (not talking about pit bulls neither) under the pretense of 'saving them'.
They believe when they donate, their money is going to saving animals of all kinds. I too once believed in PETA, so I can understand the anger of someone thinking they are all heart when someone slams their organization.
I wasn't going to let rumours sway me, si I did sone intense research and found it 'not to be rumour' after all.
There are other radical groups that are just as bad as PETA, only PETA is the largest with the most supporters and many of them use the movie stars to fight for them.
I emailed PETA prior to me knowing, asking for help when the Pit bull Ban in Ontario was first being seriously considered. I wondered why they never responded until I found out their views. I was horrified and quickly removed them from all the pages in my web site.
Exposing PETA to the truth is what is needed. They do more harm than good!

5:56 PM  
Blogger cheese stick said...

"We can only stop killing pits if we stop creating new ones."

if the prices on getting neutered or spayed werent so expensive, they wouldnt even have to deal with this problem. same with AIDS, if condoms were free there probably wouldnt be such a big AIDS epidemic or whatever (: just some ideas

4:00 AM  

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