Posts tagged ‘exaggeration’

“Children are going to die in BSL”

In perhaps the most stunning example of anthropomorphic nonsense written by a Nutter — though “died for others sins” is indeed a whammy — user “mward” recently left a comment at The Truth About Pit Bulls blog in regards to The Nanny Dog Myth Revealed. The comment speaks for itself in attempting to elevate pit bulls to the status of human children in hopes of making listeners feel more grief for this unfortunate canine breed. It’s also a deflection technique, as pit bulls are best known for killing innocent children.

All of you have no idea what you are talking about. You want to talk about children? CHILDREN die every day by the thousands in animal shelters because no one wants them and the ones who take them abuse them. CHILDREN are going to die in BSL cities today because this blog continues to add fuel to the fire. CHILDREN are going to have to fight for their lives in a pit because someone wants money and drugs. Human children are not the only children we share this planet with. Now you leave my pit bull child alone! –mward

“Discriminatory legislation”

In 1980, after Ethel Tiggs and Frankie Scarbrough were nearly killed by pit bulls, the City of Hollywood enacted the country’s first modern day pit bull law, requiring owners to register their dog and carry $25,000 in liability insurance. The Everglades Pit Bull Terrier Club hired Miami attorney David Cerf to fight the ordinance who said to city officials: “You should be more concerned about the increase in rapes in Hollywood instead of penalizing dog owners with discriminatory legislation.” The term later evolved into breed discriminatory legislation and is now used by Ledy VanKavage along with a “BDL” abbreviation.

In 1974, it appears the same David Cerf attempted to have a defendant examined by a “voodoo doctor or exorcist.” Circuit Court Judge Dan Satin denied Cerf’s motion.

Court Bedeviled by Call for Services of Voodoo Doctor.
The defendant, Harvey Lee Outler had been determined competent to stand trial for the murder of his common law wife, but the evaluating doctor said Outler believed he was under a curse. Cerf said Outler, 36, believed that Mable Young, 31, has used roots to put a curse on him. Police say Outler shot Mrs. Young in the face with a piston April 13. “Your honor, a voodo curse is just as deadly as a threat with a gun,” Cerf said.

In 1984, it appears the same David Cerf gets in trouble with the Florida Bar.

CERF v. STATE, 458 So.2d 1071 (Fla. 1984)
No. 64183.
Supreme Court of Florida.
September 6, 1984.
Rehearing Denied December 6, 1984.
This is an appeal from an attorney disciplinary proceeding in circuit court pursuant to Fla.Bar Integr.Rule, art. XI, Rule 11.14. We have jurisdiction. Art. V, § 15, Fla. Const. We approve the disciplinary measure recommended by the circuit judge in his written judgment and report of disciplinary matter.

“Magical rehabilitation”

Magical rehabilitation describes pit bull owners, rescuers and trainers who claim to quickly “cure” a pit bull — eliminating the dog’s aggressive traits — after a serious mauling. A perfect example of magical rehabilitation occurred after James Harrison’s pit bull, who mauled three people in a single attack (a triple mauler), and within 20 days, was “cured” and ready for adoption by the public.

Somehow between May 30 and June 20 (about 20 days), the triple mauling dog now named Duke has been magically “rehabilitated” by Mary Kay Kain. The animal has gone from being a pit bull to an “American Bandogge Mastiff” and from being a triple mauler to a dog that “loves to sit back in your lap and get belly rubs and kisses on his head.”  – DogsBite.org

“I’m a vet tech”

This phrase is often used by pit bull owners to be seen as an authority when interviewed in news articles or commenting in a mauling thread. 95% of the time, the person is not a “vet tech” (with 2-3 years of accredited training) nor has any training outside of being a pit bull owner. Maul Talkers often take this perceived expert claim further by claiming to be a vet tech for “30 years.” When his or her MySpace or Facebook page is found, however, the person’s age is listed as 25 or younger. Any person who claims to be a “vet tech” when talking about the pit bull issue should quickly be dismissed as a fraud.

I work with all types of dogs as I am certified veterinary technician. When I was in Aurora I worked with quite a few “Pit-bulls” and never came across one that I was scared of until my last day of 2 years at that clinic. I was attacked by several chows, a few labs and one extremely mean Golden (not even mentioning all the chihuahuas, min-pins, shit-zus and countless other small dog breed). – CVT

As a vet tech for 8 years I have had a lot of experience handling dogs who I am unfamiliar with and who are unfamiliar with me. I have had to restrain and perform painful and frightening procedures on all shapes and sizes. When I began in this business I had no experience with pit bulls at all. In the past eight years MANY of the breeds I used to admire have shown me their true and ugly natures and I am no longer a fan. On the flipside I have come to respect and adore the pit bull based on my experiences with them. – Vet Tech

“Dog holocaust”

The term “dog holocaust” brings up over 6,000 results in Google Search. It is most often used by radical pro-pit bull groups after a city or country adopts breed-specific legislation, specifically a pit bull ban. The International Dog Holocaust group, ironically, began in Germany after the whole country adopted breed-specific restrictions. It’s possible that die hard German pit bull zealots coined the term given the responsibility the country played in THE Holocaust, which brings up nearly 7 million Google Search results.

Are You Funding The Dog Holocaust?
Dog lovers – Are you supporting breed-specific legislation?
Are you facilitating the killing of innocent dogs? Are you helping to fund the dog holocaust? – Dog Politics
Germany bans breeds, reactions evoke holocaust memories
In the wake of two deadly attacks by dogs in the last three months, German state governments have banned or restricted more than three dozens breeds of dogs. – Pedigree Database

“Media hysteria”

Maul Talkers often say that pit bulls are the victims of “media hysteria”. A Google Search on the terms: media hysteria pit bull yields 14,000 results. It’s the media that makes life miserable for pit bulls; it’s the media that has damaged the breed; it’s the media that creates hysteria about pit bulls… According to Maul Talkers, the only time the media reports (or identifies) a pit bull correctly is when it is a “positive pit bull” article. In any other context, such as a serious or fatal pit bull mauling, the media erroneously identified the dog and once again victimized pit bulls.

The continuing media hysteria generated by bad press and bad owners – Rescueeverydog.org
Breed Specific Legislation and Media Hysteria Make life Miserable for Pit Bull Owners – Pitbulllovers.com
Could have been ANY breed of dog that ‘attacked’ you, BUT since it was a PitBull AND media hysteria, YOU don’t blame THE OWNER. Shame on you. – Onekingstar

The truth about the media is that they report gore and death, and pit bulls rarely fail to deliver. Pit bulls are also the subject of berserking incidents, when a single pit bull attacks and seriously injures multiple people. The media traditionally reports such dramatic events. Back when rabies killed many people, the media reported dramatic headlines like, “FIGHT WITH A MAD DOG.; Policeman Kills It While Its Teeth Are Buried in His Leg.” There was a reason for this too. A bite by a rabid dog without treatment meant a horrible death by hydrophobia.

“Anything to please their master”

Another way pit bull owners and advocates victimize pit bulls is to say that they will do “anything to please their masters”. The intention of the statement is to imply that the pit bull only attacked because its master ordered it to, and the only reason why it did not stop attacking is because the animal wanted to please its master. So the next time you read a headline like, “Pit Bulls Break Through Window to Attack Woman and Dog“, remember that the dog was only trying to please its master.

ANY dog could be trained to kill, even Chihuahuas. But Pit Bulls are the ones used MOST in fighting, therefore, people often say ALL the breed are bad dogs. My aunt being one of them. I think Pit Bulls are BEAUTIFUL dogs myself. But they ARE owned by Drug Dealers & Thugs more then anybody. But is that the dogs fault? No. ALL dogs are born innocent. Any dog will do ANYTHING to please their masters. Even if winning a Fight is one of them. – Cuddles and Jasper are my life

“You are a racist!”

According to Google News Archive, the phrase began circulating in the mid 1980’s, which is when there was the first surge of U.S. cities adopting pit bull laws. In a 1987 Toledo Blade article, kooky Dr. Ian Dunbar (connected with the ACF) said: “Singling out a breed like the American Staffordshire terrier — commonly called the pit bull — ‘is just like being racist or sexist.'”

Also an anthropomorphic phrase, “You are racist!” is voiced by pit bull advocates to condemn their critics. Today, the phrase is frequently flung at people by pit bull advocates in the comment section of a mauling thread. Interestingly, commenter Doug lashes back at Maul Talkers for pulling the race card:

For you to bring Black People into this leaves me thinking there may be some racist tendencies on your part though.If me HATING these dogs and Rotty’s is what you call RACIST and ignorant so be it.But take a look deep inside and ask yourself why you did bring Black people into this discussion. – Doug

“Hatemonger”

According to YourDictionary.com, a hatemonger is a “propagandist who seeks to provoke hatred and prejudice, esp. against a minority group or groups”. The term is yet another anthropomorphic term employed by pit bull advocates when faced with a person who criticizes pit bulls or makes statements about the pit bull’s true genetic heritage. In the following example, “wrenchinthcogs” says the following about YouTube artist Zupf:

The fact that you have subscribed to an ignorant hatemonger like zupf is making your case a bit unfavorable as well… – wrenchinthecogs

“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).