The Maul Talk Manual — a guide to understanding the language of pit bull owners and advocates — is a collective project that began in 2009. The last term was added in 2016. DogsBite.org, dog bite victims’ advocates and interested researchers collected and categorized the terms for this website, which has long had multiple authors.

The Maul Talk Manual is only possible due to our collective understanding of the pit bull problem and the language used by pit bull owners, breeders, advocates and pro-pit bull lobbying groups to ensure the continuation of the pit bull problem. The continuation of this 35-year old problem results in an obscene number of new innocent victims inflicted with permanent and disfiguring injuries each year due to the pit bull’s lethal bite style.

The Maul Talk Manual and its creators hope to educate the public about the “specialized” language used by pit bull advocates to hide the truth about the breed’s dogfighting heritage. Specifically, there are 15 categories, which are tagged by argument type. After reviewing this manual it should become apparent to readers that nearly all “Maul Talk” terms stem from the pit bull community’s reaction to pit bull laws that U.S. cities began adopting in the mid 1980s. “Maul Talk” must be made transparent so that members of the public can view the pit bull problem for what it truly is: a continued carnage.

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From left: 1.) After a pet pit bull pounced on Savannah Gregg, knocked her to the ground and savagely bit into her neck, her grandmother described the incident as a “freak accident.” 2.) After Steven Hayashi’s pit bulls killed his step-grandson, Jacob Bisbee, he told reporters: “That’s what got me into this mess, just thinking that they’re just regular dogs.” 3.) After Barbara Erb’s “spoiled rotten” pit bulls killed her daughter, Christine Stabb, Erb’s husband said the dogs were just doing “what comes naturally to a dog.”