Many Maul Talkers romanticize the history of dogfighting and the preservation of the pit bull breed. Pit bull advocates and pro-pit bull groups, such as Bad Rap, often use photographs from the early 1900′s to show how “loyal” pit bulls were and ignore the fact that many images depict dogfighters. As Gary Wilkes points out in, Pit Bulls:
(1920′s) Family albums include fighting dogs in almost every picture. Six days a week, they played with kids, went on vacations and were an integral part of family life. They also put up with the typical abuse that children heap on dogs and were praised for their ability to be poked, prodded and fallen upon without any reaction. They were the model of bonded, loving, friendly, affectionate family dogs. On the seventh day, they fought like demons. – Gary Wilkes
There is nothing to romanticize about the pit bull’s violent history, but Maul Talkers try to convince the public otherwise. One learns a few paragraphs further into Wilkes’ story that one of his grandfather’s pit bulls rips the leg off of an innocent man. His praised pit bull was also a man eater, yet another truth groups like Bad Rap omit about the pit bull’s past.
The most exaggerated romanticizer of the history of dogfighting is Jere Alexander. After the Fulton County Animal Shelter scandal, Alexander applied for and received a grant from Emory University for “Stitch ‘Er Up: Dogfighting Embroidery.” She then proceeded to stitch images of famous fighting dogs; she even depicted the mating of Fanny and Redboy. She has since taken these bizarre images offline.
Prior to being forced to resign due to the shelter scandal, Alexander created a website call Pitarchive.org (exists now in web archives). The site claimed to be the “Online Pit Bull Museum”, but was nothing more than an online dogfighting museum . Her website also listed a Board of Advisors, two of which are known dogfighters, Tom Garner and T.L. Williams.