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Pit Bullstill Bullies

August 4th, 2005, 04:48 PM
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Pit bulls still bullies

Bully: It's the Pits author Paul 107 may have a cute dog, but he comes across as having done so much research in defence of pitt bulls that he's lost proper perspective ["Life as a despised dog," July 28.].

The common conception of pit bulls as aggressive and dangerous, though perhaps excessive at times, is no stereotype. Even well-trained pit bulls can be unpredictable, thus dangerous. They're abnormally strong for their size, they have a high pain threshold and are known to fight viciously even while injured. Yes, it's usually the owners, not the dogs, who are responsible for their behaviour, but the fact remains that this behaviour is inherent in the breed, and has to be trained out of the animals with a vigour that isn't required with other species. So, given the amount of documented injuries and attacks that take place around the world, I'd hardly call these animals the "ideal family companion," as Paul 107 does.

Don't get me wrong, I'm in no way advocating "doggie genocide," nor restrictive legislature. My point is that Bully: It's the Pits seems more like a visually engaging piece of propaganda than a balanced argument.