For The Love of Pit Bulls
Pit bulls are just like any other loyal breed of dog. Just like the other breeds, pit bulls are only dangerous if they are raised to be dangerous. According to the AVMA, it is “mostly the owners, not the dogs, who are to blame for any bad behavior.” (“Ban Pit Bulls?”). Pit bulls are wonderful companions and friends. The pit bull breed originates from England in the 1800s. These precious animals were initially raised and trained to fight for entertainment. Around “1835 England outlawed the gruesome entertainment of dog fighting.” Not long after, organized dog fighting became very popular in the United States around the Civil War era. Back then, the United States did not have any laws against these inhumane acts. “The United States finally outlawed dog fighting in the 1970s.” One of the good things that came out of breeding dogs for dog fighting was the loyalty to their owners. This all comes back to how the dog is trained and raised. (Huemer, para 2). There is so much media propaganda on pit bulls being the most vicious breed of dog and temperamental. This in turn, is making people more and more afraid of this wonderful breed of dogs. Usually when one hears about a pit bull, it is bad news. It is always a story about how a pit bull mauled someone to death or how a pit bull bit someone. Sadly, the media hardly ever talks about how pit bulls have saved people’s lives, like David Sharp. Sharp fell into a deep depression after a deployment. He was sitting on his kitchen floor with a handgun in his hand “ready to finish the fight with the demons that followed me back from the war”. His pit bull sat down next to him and “licked his ear”. This made him laugh, which was “something he hadn’t been doing much of”. Sharp said “something clicked for me and for my reason for living, in that moment, became clear, to care for my puppy.” Sharp put the gun away and started caring more for his pit bull. That pit bull had saved his life. (“A life for...
Cited: Athey, Cindy. "Helping Hands Caring for Abandoned Or Abused Animals: Sustaining Volunteer Resources through an Appreciative Process." Royal Roads University (Canada), 2008. Canada: ProQuest. Web. 2 May 2013.
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