Posts tagged ‘group think’

“Gentle and loving”

Like the term “big baby” and other phraseologies designed to emphasize the positive traits of pit bulls, owners of these dogs will claim their pit bull has always been “gentle and loving” to deflect the long-standing vicious reputation of the breed. Owners will also do so in the aftermath of a serious or fatal attack to bolster the common defense of, “never shown aggression before,” whereby alleviating them of any responsibility in the attack.

But Nicholas Cook says the pit bull-labrador mix the family called Butch had always been gentle and loving with people, though he was inclined to fight with dogs if he felt threatened. – Nicholas Cook
The American Pit Bull Terrier as a breed is not human aggressive. In fact, quite the opposite is true of the breed. They are gentle and loving dogs. – Reddawn
We expect owners of American Pit Bulls to call and e-mail us with tales of how gentle and loving their dogs are. They will also say that when the dogs attack, it’s the owner’s fault, or that particular dog’s, and not the breed’s. – WALB
It should be a dangerous-dog law not breed-specific. We should not be killing innocent animals that haven’t done anything wrong. Most of the dogs are gentle and loving family pets, especially the Staffordshire bull terrier. – Beverly Vinnels
My kids who are adults now have had pitt bulls as pets. They have been very gentle and loving dogs. I hope they check out this owner… – Dogood
I am not in the least bit afraid to go volunteer with them…I know first hand how gentle and loving a Pit can be and am super excited to go! – Becky

“Educate yourself!”

This term is frequently used by pit bull advocates to condemn persons who speak up about the inherent dangers of pit bulls. The term is expressed in a variety of ways, such as: Get educated, Do some education, I am an educator and Educate yourself. The mauling thread following a May story (Pit Bull Attacks Dog, Owner in Elliot City) is a classic example. The terms are used 15 times, here are just a few examples:

  • “You really need to get educated on dogs before you say anything”
  • “All I ask is you do some education on the breed”
  • “Should we ban the human. Come on people, get educated!”
  • “Get educated people, Petey from the little rascals was a pit bull”
  • “I am an educator with a masters degree and I own a pit bull!”
  • “Stop name calling and get some education!”
  • “This comment blog has turned into “educated” pit bull owners and breed experts trying to convince the “uneducated” non breed experts”

“Manifesto of hate”

The term likely derives from the novel The Catcher in the Rye. A character in the play and film Six Degrees of Separation called Salinger’s novel a “manifesto of hate” against phonies. The term is strictly used in terms of “class struggle” and subcultures within these classes. Pit bull advocates such as Karen Delise refer to DogsBite.org and others who stand up to the pit bull lobby as authoring a “manifesto of hate”.

Ms. Lynn is purposely deceitful. Her information is worst than garbage, it is a manifesto of hate. – Karen Delise

“You are ignorant!”

Like the phrase, “educate yourself,” the phrase, “you are ignorant,” is used by pit bull advocates to condemn persons who question or criticize pit bulls. A Google Search for the term, you are ignorant pit bull shows over 180,000 results:

What do you suggest – kill off the species? Kill all dogs?? Nevermind…don’t answer that…I can already guess your answer. I will just ignore such ignorance. Period. – liveyourlife
You sir, are ignorant. Pit bulls do not instinctively go for the jugular vein. They also do not have “Locking Jaws.” I own an American Pit Bull Terrier. I have all the shots and papers to prove it. – thrustedyosocks
I’m so glad you said and did exactly what you said and did, Shorty. That photographer was an ignorant ***hole and I HOPE that everyone sees that and no one wants to work with him again. Hercules is awesome and sweet. – umm

“Petey was a pit bull”

Google this phrase and you’ll get nearly 7,000 results. Pit nutters find this phrase useful as a response to any criticism of pit bulls, but they feel it is especially convincing and appropriate when used as a retort to a story about a pit bull attack, mauling or killing.

Nutters with their own blogs often attempt to elaborate a bit more about just why Petey is supposedly relevant to anything.  As you read on, though, keep in mind that 2 popular TV shows in the 60s and 70s featured “friendly” bears.  Gentle Ben ran from 1967 to 1969 and The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams ran from 1974 to 1978. The two series combined were comprised of 92 episodes and five 2 hour movies with no reported maulings, accidents or deaths caused by the bears.

Petey, the faithful dog on the TV show, The Little Rascals, was a Pit Bull.  He spent countless hours with children day after day and never hurt anyone. – Courtesy of Sonnet Dashevskaya and Spindletop Pit Bull Refuge, Austin branch

The American Pit Bull Terrier was the most popular family dog in the beginning of the 20th century…. Petey of the Little Rascals was a Pit Bull.http://www.dontbullymybreed

“Breed ambassador”

According to a study published by Tufts Center for Animals and Public Policy in 2000, “Managing the Stigma of Outlaw Breeds: A Case Study of Pit Bull Owners“, the most public way in which pit bull owners managed breed stigma was to become a fierce advocate for the breed or breed ambassador. Such owners seek to “educate” the public — often through their own well-behaved pets — by discounting stereotypes and promoting the finer qualities of the breed.

Examples of breed ambassador imagery is easily found on the Internet, such as the YouTube video, “Pit Bull Viciously Attacks Child,” which depicts happy babies lying near pit bulls. Some breed ambassadors, however, take activism of the “Pit Bull Cause” to reckless levels. Despite warnings from pit bull experts to “avoid dog parks at all costs,” such persons purposely visit dog parks to show other dog owners that pit bulls are safe, reliable dogs that are merely “misunderstood.” – DogsBite.org