Posts tagged ‘double standard’

“Couch eater”

The term “couch eater” gained notoriety after Lani Blaylock, a Union County, Oregon Dog Deputy and pit nutter, posted it to her public Facebook page about her rescued pit bull,  Bomani (“In a Mob” spelled backward). Seven months after the rescue, she took her pit bull to a La Grande Elementary School to perform a Dog Bite Safety class. Superintendent Larry Glaze ordered Blaylock’s pit bull removed from the kindergarten classroom citing obvious safety concerns. (Note to Blaylock, “couch eaters” make lousy stunt pits.)

BLAYLOCK’S other dogs are snack sized and I suspect this is BLAYLOCK’S first pit bull. The newbies are always the most rabid defenders of the breed.
On March 18th, BLAYLOCK posted a photo of her partially destroyed sofa. She attributed the damage to her “couch eater” and stated “This is what happens when your dog breaks outa his crate while you are work! LOL”
On mother’s day, the animal control officer posted a photo of her hand with a single tiny tooth mark. BLAYLOCK stated she was bitten by a “lil puff ball” while walking her dogs. She jokes with a facebook friend about needing training on how to handle animals. – Craven Desires

“Animals will be animals”

Much like, dogs are dogs, the phrase, “animals will be animals” is a term used by animal advocacy groups and pit bull fans to deny the pit bull’s responsibility after a violent or deadly attack. The term also illustrates the idea that one can’t expect a pit bull to “think or act like a human being.” Such reasoning stands in stark contrast to the egregious anthropomorphism carried out by pit bull advocates on behalf of the pit bull breed.

After a pet pit bull nearly killed his Tucson owner in August 2011, Jayne Cundy of Pima Animal Care Center said, “Your animal [pit bull] is an animal. It’s not human … it doesn’t have human values.” According to this logic, the only time a pit bull “is an animal” is after a devastating attack. Furthermore, the logic falsely rationalizes that it’s natural for a pit bull to unleash a horrific assault upon its owner because, “animals will be animals.”

its not anyones fault with what happen because animals will be animals know matter how much you train them – Richard Short
[Cheryl Zelen calls out Short’s distortion] OMG! Mr. Short…”Animals will be animals??” Come on! Obviously u hasve NO CLUE how DANGEROUS that Pitbull is!! Did you witness what we did on Tuesday??? Hell no! – Cheryl Zelen
but just because they are domesticated doesnt mean they arent able to be a threat to people or animals… animals will be animals! and its not just “pit bulls” any breed of dog is still an animal and it will always be an animal! – PitBullMommie1206
You fail to realize, animals will be animals, we are animals, and kill each other all the time. I’m not saying it’s alright, but in this case – Admin
Animals will be animals. We cannot expect animals to understand our human rules. We have to be fair to them on this. 3. Do you think big dogs of certain breeds considered dangerous should be banned? No, I don’t, just as we don’t ban big-sized humans, do we? – Illogical animal advocate

“Can you identify a pit bull?”

This phrase and its related themes are frequently voiced by Maul Talkers. The gist is that members of the public allegedly cannot identify a pit bull, despite the massive amount of press coverage (yielding 400,000 search results) of the Vick dogs and groups such as Best Friends and Bad Rap continuing to parade these pit bulls in front of the public via TV shows and more. Pit nutters go to elaborate lengths to trick members of the public into believing that they cannot identify a pit bull by creating “Find the Pit Bull” websites as well. A far more realistic Find the Pit Bull Test is located at DogsBite.org.

Variations include: 1.) Do you even know what a pit bull is? 2.) A pit bull is not a breed of dog, and  3.) Would you know a pit bull if you saw one?

pitsanddobs: “3rd Do you even know what a Pit Bull is? Would you recognize one if you saw one? Probably not most people can’t.”
Erik Hess: “First of all, a “Pit Bull” is not a breed of dog…”
Generic Pit Nutter: “If you wouldn’t know a pitbull if you saw one, you’re not alone.”

“You cannot trust the media”

Maul Talkers frequently condemn their critics by claiming a media bias against pit bulls and that one “cannot trust the media.” Google News Archives shows that the term cropped up in the early 1990s after television reporter Wendy Bergen staged a dogfight in her 1991 four-part series, Blood Sport about dog fighting in Colorado. The “cannot trust” term, however, has only been recently (2009) adopted by Maul Talkers.

CB, you seriously can’t trust articles like that. The CDC doesn’t track dog bites by breed, and they never have. For one thing, they don’t trust eyewitnesses to be able to accurately ID dog breeds..
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If you want true, factual information about any of this – this breed, dog bites, dog behavior – sadly, you cannot trust the media to tell you the truth. You’re going to have to do some research yourself, and maybe even go out and meet a pit bull… – kmarie

“Are you a biologist?”

As demonstrated by the question, “Are you a geneticist?” the similar question, “Are you a biologist?” comes up at the first mention of the pit bull breed’s genetic heritage. In a lovely YouTube video that depicts a pit bull owner egging his dog to “get it boy” (to continue clamping down on a rope), user “bizzo518” responds to a comment:

where did you pull your info????? are you a vet, dog behaviorist, biologist….or what…..the avg domestic dog bites at around 320psi, a german shepard,pitt, and rotty were tested….guess what the pitt generated the LEAST amount of psi….DONT TALK SHIT AND POST STUFF IF YOU ARE AN UNEDUCATED ASS………. – bizzo518

“Are you a geneticist?”

The term is often used by pit bull advocates to derail or condemn a person who mentions the genetic heritage of the pit bull breed, which was selectively bred for explosive aggression to “rule” the fighting pit. Dogfighters even took selective breeding further for the breed by selecting for the “gamest” dog, a dog that will fight to its death. A recent article published by the Commercial Appeal and authored by Tom Graves (My Thoughts: Pit bull epidemic requires passage of breed-specific ordinance) exemplifies this.

1) Are you a geneticist? Are you a biologist? No, you are a professor of literature. You have no scientific backing for any of your claims about “fighting DNA” or that one breed of dog is genetically unlike any other dog. In fact, you should know all about writing statements with no support. I’m sure you do not let your students get away with such claims. – PitBullOwner

“Dachshunds are more aggressive”

After a study was published in Applied Animal Behaviour Science in 2008, which showed that “sausage” dogs were the most aggressive breed, Maul Talkers took to the streets clamouring victory. The ridiculous study — which in no way measured the severity of the bite — is often used by Maul Talkers to show that dachshunds are more dangerous than pit bulls. It must be noted that the majority of pit bull owners are strongly anti-small dogs and particularly dislike Dachshunds.

I’ve found little dogs are more snappy… My Shih Tzu would bite you a lot quicker than any of the other dogs, and my bully will lick you to death, or knock you over leaning on you for a scratch…. my sister had 2 little ankle biters, and one of them would bite you if you even tried to pet it…. Of course, that means I’m PRO big dog, anti little dogMollie’s Nana

Every dachshund I’ve ever met has been mean. I’m sure there are nice ones out there…but I’ve yet to meet one in my personal experience, and I work with dogs everyday as a kennel assistant! It’s always the little breed dogs that are the meanest IMO. – Anonymous

In the 27-years that Merritt Clifton of Animal People has been tracking serious and fatal dog attacks, pit bulls caused serious bodily harm to 1,451 persons, maimed 777 and killed 153. Dachshunds on the other hand, caused serious bodily harm to 5 persons, maimed 5 and killed 1. The victim killed was an 81-year old invalid woman and the attack involved a pack of six dogs, of which at least two were dachshunds. (See: Attacks by Packs of Dogs Involving Predation on Human Beings).

“An ‘attack’ with no bite”

The distorted logic, if there was no bite, there was no attack, is employed by Maul Talkers to minimize injuries suffered by victims even when the injuries result in death. For instance, after Plainfield AC officer Theresa Foss was knocked to the ground by a pit bull causing fatal head injury, the National Canine Research Council wrote on their website:

However, it was eventually disclosed that the dog did NOT inflict any bites. Without a bite, it is not accurate to classify this as an “attack.” It is certainly not unheard of for excited dogs to knock people over; therefore, it is entirely possible that this was an over-exuberant (non-aggressive) dog and not a dog intent on inflicting injury. – NCRC

A separate incident that resulted in death due to serious head injury after being knocked to the ground by an “exuberant” dog involved letter carrier Hao Yun “Eddie” Lin.

“The story doesn’t add up”

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A well-trodden response after a serious or fatal pit bull attack by Maul Talkers is, “The story doesn’t add up.” The intention is to minimize the attack by suggesting that something other than the pit bull is responsible for the gruesome crime. Likely parties to blame are the victim or the parent for leaving the child unsupervised. A derivative of this phrase is, “The facts don’t add up.” In December 2017, after pit bull advocate Bethany Stephens was killed by her two pit bulls in a “grisly mauling” in Goochland County, Virginia, variations of this phrase were used thousands of times by pit bull advocates in social media threads.

Barbara Norris, who says she was best friends with the victim, says the dogs she knew would never turn on her friend. She says the account of what happened doesn’t add up. “Those dogs would not attack her,” said Norris. “They’d kill you with kisses.” – Barbara Norris
“We will not take responsibility for something that we believe our dog did not do.” The owners of the pit bull chose to keep their identity disclosed. They say Dziadul’s story doesn’t add up. – Pit bull owners
Why would anyone leave their child unattended, strapped in a highchair, while they are off in another room? Why couldn’t the child go with them? Something just doesn’t add up in this story. What was going on that was sooooo important that the child was left unattended… – Marsha
Why didnt the mother hear the boy crying when it first happened in the bathroom.then the baby got drugged outside,and you mean to tell me the mother didnt hear the baby screaming and crying..and why didnt the mother call 911 instead of calling a neighbor?..something not adding up here. – Dimitri Thierry [Learn more about this story and the “Save Bear” campaign]

“Misunderstood”

One of the most overused anthropomorphic terms in the pit bull issue is “misunderstood”. As readers understand, a misunderstanding can only occur between human beings, as it requires human comprehension. The term misunderstood pit bull yields over 91 thousand Google Search results. Maul Talkers use the term to gain sympathy for the breed and to lure members of the public into being “educated” by a pit bull owner.

“A lot of people who are not raised with little people or have never been around them, think they’re nothing but circus acts and so forth. So you get that misunderstanding and you’re not taken serious. It’s the same with pit bulls. – Shorty Rossi, Pit Bull Boss, Animal Planet