Thanks To Michael Vick For Shedding Light On Dog Fighting

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Steve Dale, of Steve Dale’s Pet World, has written an op-ed piece thanking Michael Vick for bringing a nationwide focus on the horrible crime of dog fighting.

Before Vick, Dale said that dog fighting was a national epidemic that was rarely talked about.

Now that Vick’s dog fighting case is receiving nationwide and even worldwide coverage, local authorities are cracking down on dog fighting operations. Numerous arrests have been made, hundreds of dogs have been saved, and animal shelters and programs are raising money to help local authorities with their efforts.

Historically, Dale explained that public officials either ignored dog fighting or would blame the dogs and banned specific breeds like pit bulls or any dog that looked like a pit bull. He added that this solution of banning breeds has not solved anything because dog fighting cases continue to increase.

Dale also said the true victims of dog fights, the dogs, are rarely focused on by the media. He hopes that public officials and others who stereotype pit bulls as a dangerous breed will see that pit bulls are not bad dogs but instead victims of bad owners.

The press has added to the fear of pit bulls, said Dale. They tend to report dog attacks on humans that involve pit bulls. Meanwhile, there are also attacks on humans by other breeds that aren’t considered dangerous like the Golden Retriever. But, the media doesn’t talk about these attacks. So, the public begins to fear pit bulls because of what they hear on their local news channel.

Dale said that some pit bull owners love the stereotypical perception of pit bulls. They want to have a “bad” dog or want a dog to guard them or attack someone. They want a dog that will intimidate others and cause fear among others. Their dog is a status symbol.

These dogs may be chained, and the males are never neutered. This increases the likelihood of any breed of dog to attack, according to the Centers for Disease Control and American Veterinary Medical Association.

Studies have also shown that certain mammal species that are raised without nurturing does impact an animal’s social demeanor.

What can we as a society do to stop dog fighting?

Dale suggested: “For starters, the American public and elected officials need to stop blaming the dogs. In fact, the humane answer is to attempt to find increasing ways to find homes for adoptable Pit Bulls-type dogs. Hopefully more of these individuals will become ambassadors for the breed-type, and this will start the process of resurrecting their images.”

Dale also said that we need to increase school programs, so kids can understand how to live with and respect animals.

He also supports the suggestion of the American Humane Association which is challenging the NFL and their players to launch a campaign against dog fighting.

Not long ago were the days when the nation’s image of a pit bull was lovable Petey from the Little Rascals.

Source: Steve Dale’s Pet World

Photo: Pit Bulls on the Web

9 Responses to “Thanks To Michael Vick For Shedding Light On Dog Fighting”

  1. nora says:

    I grew up with a “Pit Bull” or American Stratfordshire Terrier in the 1950’s and early 60’s and (his name was) Jocko was one of the best dogs ever. We as kids were taught to not bother him while he was eating and nothing negative ever happend and he was affectionate and protective of all of us. He was an extremely loyal dog and was a muscular wonder!

  2. Pit Bull Lover says:

    I figure it’ll be at least five more years before I can see the words “thanks” and “Michael Vick” written that close to each other without a wave of disgust washing over me. I would rather give my thanks to the individuals working in law enforcement and animal welfare (not PETA!) who helped begin this process by investigating the poor dogs imprisoned, abused, and killed on Vick’s Moonlight Drive property.

    Yes, for the “pit bulls,” I do hope the tide is beginning to turn.

    [BTW, the dog in the picture included with this story is absolutely gorgeous. Stunning. Beautiful. :) ]

  3. DOG LOVER says:

    THE PIT BULL ON THIS STORY IS GORGEOUS I JUST WANT TO PICK UP FROM THE PICTURE AND SQUEEZE HIM. DOGS BEHAVIOR IS BASED ALOT ON HOW THEY ARE RAISED AND TREATED BY HUMANS. YOU MISS TREAT THEM AND TIE THEM TO TREES OF COURSE THERE GONNA BE MEAN WOULDNT YOU IF SOMEONE TREATED YOU LIKE THAT. ITS ALL ABOUT HOW THE DOGS ARE RAISED. SAVE THE PIT BULLS.

  4. Kevin says:

    It’s a sad day in America when it takes an IDIOT like Michael Vick to shed light on a growing problem in this country.

    At least something positive has come of all this. Even prison will have something positive.

    A date for Bubba.

  5. E. Hamilton says:

    You can ALWAYS count on Steve Dale, the man is better than a finger down the throat to make people vomit.

    I am going to nominate him for anorexics and bulimics poster boy of the year!

    I wonder, which pet food company has him on the payroll?
    Could it be the PFI?

  6. Pit Bull Lover says:

    The article is quite supportive of the “pit bull,” and written to reach the average, non-activist reader, so I don’t think Dale’s done a bad job in this instance — especially if people will actually read it.

    But “thank you Michael Vick”? Uh-uh. Nope. No way.

  7. E. Hamilton says:

    I cannot see “Steve Dale” without wanting to wash in bleach and reading something he wrote, not possible without gagging.
    For many people, I hear.
    Pit bulls , as a breed, might find that with “Steve Dale” as a friend they really do not need any enemies.
    Michael Vick cannot do as much harm to a dog as “Steve Dale”.

  8. Dee Eagle says:

    I agree with Kevin, except “idiot” is too nice of a word. I would never “thank” the SOB, but I’m very glad to know that the world is aware of dog fighting now, but it remains ignorant of how widespread it is. IT IS EVERYWHERE!!!!! SICK VICK is just one bean in the bag, people.

  9. Tammy Grimes, founder, Dogs Deserve Better says:

    To find out how to stop dog chaining in your area, or help a dog or dogs living chained near you, visit http://www.dogsdeservebetter.org


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