Pitiology is a term derived from the DogsBite.org community. It refers to the study of pit bull owners by animal groups and behaviorists bent upon pitying and sympathizing with these owners (See also: Science whores). An example can be seen in the Tufts Center for Animals and Public Policy report issued in 2000. The Center is rooted in the humane treatment of animals and veterinarian practices, not in policies designed to protect the public from dangerous animals, such as pit bulls. This bias clearly shows in the report.
(Pit bull propaganda) – “For the first half of this century, pit bulls enjoyed a positive image in America. During World War I, these dogs stood for American courage and were featured in a series of patriotic wartime posters.”
(Pit bull propaganda) – “The popular media commonly portrays pit bulls as demonic animals – unpredictable and savage in their behavior toward humans. For example, the headline of an article in U.S. News and World Report (1987) proclaimed that pit bulls were “The Most Dangerous in…”
(Pitying and sympathizing) – “Our work suggests that nonhuman animals [aka pit bulls] also can be stigmatized, although they will not have a conscious awareness of this perception. However, as part of a human_animal team, their owners can experience the taintedness that is commensurate with stigmatization and resort to various techniques to mitigate…”
– Tufts Center for Animals and Public Policy Report