With the nation’s focus on Michael Vick and his alleged involvement in dogfighting, the victims of this horrible crime — the dogs, the pit bulls — are also getting some much needed attention for their cause and well-being.
Pit bulls have received an undeserved bad reputation. To the media outlets, pit bulls make headlines. Whenever a pit bull bites a human being, it makes the local evening news. It’s rare to hear that a golden retriever bit someone even though it does happen. Many people view pit bulls as the “tough and bad boys” of the dog breed world because of misconceptions and what they may see on television and movies.
Pit bulls have not always had to deal with the misconceived notion that they are tough and aggressive dogs.
The closest AKC registered relative to the pit bull is the Staffordshire Bull Terrier. In past generations, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier was such a loyal family dog, that it was nicknamed “The Nanny Dog.” In the past, when people thought of pit bulls, they thought of Petey from Little Rascals or the Buster Brown shoe dog. Pit bulls were even used as patriotic poster dogs for World War II.
From Steve Dale’s Pet World:
Dogs arenâ€™t the only victims. Primary and middle-school aged kids are commonly invited to watch and even partake in dog fighting activities. Itâ€™s â€œsoldâ€ as a â€œsport,â€ no different than watching a football game. Of course, it is very different. Gangbangers actually realize that watching the horrific events of a dogfight desensitizes kids to violence. Many polls have confirmed that an astounding number of kids, particularly inner city kids, have witnessed a dogfight. We also know that the same kids who commit violence to animals are then more likely to act similarly to people as adults. Whatâ€™s more, police who bust up dogfight indicate that in each and every instance other crimes are going on simultaneously â€“ from gambling and drug sales to murder. So, the kids are exposed to those other criminal activities as well as the gruesome dogfight.
There are countless neighborhoods in America where the only exposure children or often anyone who lives there has to dogs are either those who partake in fights; or big and sometimes dangerous dogs used as a sort of bizarre macho accessory. As a result, people in certain neighborhood are afraid of dogs.
I canâ€™t imagine a generation of children growing up without a wet dog kiss.
Bottom line: The real victim of dogfighting is society.