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“Pit pimping to kids”

The first use of “pit pimping” appears to have been in 2009 by an anonymous commenter on the DogsBite blog and refers to Ledy VanKavage (aka Bledy VanKarnage), a lobbyist for Best Friends Animal Society. That VanKavage has been “pit pimping since the age of four” refers to when she got her very first pit bull, “Boody” that was allowed to roam and often fought with other dogs, according to VanKavage. Like pimps who procure customers for their prostitutes, pit pimpers procure new owners for their notorious “killer breed.”

The most egregious form of pit pimping, similar to drug dealers soliciting school children, is “pit pimping to kids.” In late July, just days after the City of Detroit declared bankruptcy, a group named Detroit Dog Rescue (all of 8 employees) was featured in an article pimping out rescued “drug” and “fighting” pit bulls to children. Journalist Gus Burns, who covered the lengthily recovery process of Duane VanLanHam, nearly killed by pit bulls in 2009, wrote the pitiable article. This is a bad blight upon Burns, who knows better.

In his article, Burns prints many deceitful myths invented by pit bull breeders and owners retold by Detroit Dog Rescue within the basement of a “closed church” where 30-plus children were attending the Crescendo Music Camp. It’s one thing for Burns to write a pit bull puff piece, it’s quite another to promote a group that pimps these dogs to kids. It’s unknown if any of the parents were aware of the pit pimping “media event”[1] — their kids used as pawns — prior to its occurrence. No parents were included in Burns’ article.

Damien Crutcher, the camp director, is the most appalling. He arranged the pit pimping “media event” to “dispel misconceptions about pit bulls.” Though Detroit has up to 50,000 stray dogs, many of which are pit bulls from dangerous backgrounds, dogfighting and drugs, Crutcher states: Their[2] are beliefs about pit bulls that “they’re man eaters, they’ll attack you, they kill kids; it’s actually the opposite. I don’t think it’s any more dangerous, I just think it’s the way that some of them are raised by their owners,” Crutcher said.

Notably, pit bull mauling deaths are so frequent in “pit hole” Detroit that a medical study was devoted to this issue.

“Pit pimping to kids” should be a crime — in Detroit it should be a felony.


(2009) Ledy VanKavage has been pit pimping since the age of 4! LMAO! – Anonymous
This is the ONE thing the pit nutters have going for them and how they’ve managed to turn a defective pet animal into a trend-no low is too low. No shame, no decency, no conscience, just pit pimping anywhere and anytime. – KaD
This child was at least the 250th American to be life flighted after a pit bull attack since the last CDC report … After two decades of pit pimping by Organized Pit Idiocy Groups (OPIGS), Life Flights are really taking off!! – Vintage
Here they are talking about propagandizing for their fighting breeds after a violent pit bull attack, where Julia Jones made sure to go out and lie to the press to save their pit pimping asses. Or rather “She was contacted by the Federal Way Mirror to do an interview portraying the positive side of pit bulls.” Nice that a newspaper is contacting a pit bull pimper to help out fighting breeds. Is Margo Horner nuts or just stupid? – Anonymous
That area is eat up with pits. And now they are bringing in Brenda Barnette, another pit pimper who subscribes to the Winograd “No Kill Equation” motto of pits get a bad rap. Sorry about the attack, your little didn’t stand a chance. – User P.
If there ever was a pit pimping group, it’s the cult of Best Fiends. You don’t understand how to manipulate, only how to be manipulated. And manipulation is what is happening with the professional dog fighters. – HarveMorgan

Reviewing previous articles by Gus Burns

[1] posted sixteen photos of this pit pimping “media event.”
[2] typo, not ours.

“Just like any other dog”

Pit bulls are “just like any other dog” is a phrase mainly trumpeted by animal groups connected to Ledy VanKavage (aka “Bledy VanKarnage”), such as Best Friends Animal Society (lobbyist) and Animal Farm Foundation (board member). Unlike a similar phrase used by the same groups, “all dogs are individuals,” the slogan, pit bulls are “just like any other dog,” is a complete denial of the existence of breed traits. This false myth winds up killing an untold number of family pets each year (due to pit bull dog aggression), and seriously injuring and killing innocent people (due to the breed’s “hold and shake” bite style). These two influential groups deliberately created the slogan to disseminate to their Nutter followers — strategic disinformation.

Pit bull type breeds are just like any other dog. Each one is an individual. – Best Friends Animal Society
Fighting dogs should be evaluated like any other dog seized in a cruelty case,” says VanKavage, senior legislative analyst for Best Friends Animal Society. – Ledy VanKavage
Pit-bull-terrier-type dogs are just like any other dogs, but they’ve been given a bad rap; so, they need help overcoming the stereotypes surrounding them and the myths about them. – Best Friends Animal Society
“In addition to this program helping to save lives of adoptable animals, I would really like for people to realize that Pit Bull Terriers are just dogs, like any other dog … loyal goofballs – Jamie Healy, Best Friends Animal Society
As scientific study and research continues to prove that “pit bull” dogs are just like any other dog, we’re now facing a different, equally challenging, hurdle: proving that “pit bull” dog owners are just like any other dog owner. – Animal Farm Foundation (Fat chance given their “human kill rate” and antisocial owners!)
Well-matched dogs not only love this work, but their presence out in public amongst people and other animals helps advance the idea that AFF works so hard on — that pit bull type dogs are just dogs like any others– nothing different, nothing unique. – Animal Farm Foundation
“It used to be that the concern was with predicting everything that might go wrong,” Reynolds says. “Now, increasingly, people are embracing them as dogs like any other dogs.” – Donna Reynolds, Bad Rap, results of strategic disinformation (See: Darla Napora)
It’s clear that pit bulls are just like any other dogs – bad owners create bad dogs, regardless of breed. I really appreciate that your station is giving our beloved dogs a voice – Nutter Melanie Meyer, responding to VanKavage interview, results of strategic disinformation
PITTIES ARE JUST LIKE ANY OTHER DOG – IT TAKES THE PERSON TO MAKE THE DOG, ANY DOG, GOOD OR BAD. – Nutter Felica responding to Best Friends blog post, results of strategic disinformation

“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.

“Canine CODIS”

In June 2010, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) announced the establishment of the Canine Combined DNA Index System, a DNA database of pit bulls seized in dogfighting raids, and dubbed it the “Canine CODIS.” This is a grave insult to human beings — particularly persons brutally assaulted and killed in violent crimes — who the FBI’s national CODIS system was designed to help.

After stealing the name “CODIS” from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and slapping “Canine” in front of it — CODIS was invented to help federal, state and local crime laboratories solve violent crimes against humans — Sayres is going to tell the U.S. government exactly when the technology can be used and under the guise of “the protection of animals and people alike?” –

“Bledy VanKarnage”

This term was coined by the community and refers to Ledy VanKavage, a hired gun lobbyist for Best Friends Animal Society. As a result of Bledy’s legislative handiwork, municipalities in Illinois can no longer adopt pit bull laws. Bledy drafted the 2005 “Anna’s Law”, which prohibits them. The paradox of the law is that it is named after Anna Cieslewicz, who was mauled to death by loose pit bulls in 2003.

Glad to see the USMC saw right through the spewage of Bledy Van Karnage and crew. – Anonymous
Thank You Bledy Van Karnage for ensuring that this owner had “The Right” to recklessly and cheaply maintain a “Crop Circle Dog”! “Prevent the Deed, Regulate the Breed” – Anonymous

Bledy’s handiwork has left a bloody trail of serious and fatal pit bull maulings in the State of Illinois (See: Nick Foley, Gabrial Mandrell-SauerhageRosie humphreys and Jason Walter among others). It is notable that “kavage” sounds like carnage and savage.

“Wiggle butts”

Bledy VanKarnage, currently a hired lobbyist for Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, used the term “wiggle butts” to refer to pit bulls when speaking with the Columbia Tribune back in October 2007. At that time, she was employed by the ASPCA. This may have been the first time the childish term, “wiggle butts” was used to describe pit bulls. The intention of the term is to coat the pit bull’s horrific safety record with a glossy, happy shine. There is also a Wiggle Butts Bully Rescue out of Mentor, Ohio.

Ledy Vankavage, like other passionate pit bull enthusiasts, said most pits are “extremely human friendly,” little “wiggle butts” that don’t deserve the bad rap they’ve been given.
“They should be judged as individuals, and if they’re temperament tested and found to be sound, they should be re-homed,” said Vankavage, a Collinsville, Ill., lobbyist and attorney for The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

(“Pit bull advocates fight stereotypes of the breed,” Columbia Tribune, October 27, 2007)


BDL is term consistently in use by Maul Talker Ledy VanKavage, a hired gun for Best Friends Animal Society. Breed Discriminatory Legislation (BDL) is a spin on the traditional name for pit bull laws: Breed-Specific Legislation (BSL). The term “discriminatory legislation” was first used by a Miami attorney named David Cerf in 1980. Cerf was hired by The Everglades Pit Bull Terrier Club to fight the Hollywood, Florida pit bull ordinance, the first pit bull ordinance in modern times.

“All dogs are individuals”

It’s not known precisely when this term began, but it was mostly likely penned by guru Maul Talker Ledy VanKavage, a hired gun for Best Friends Animal Society. It is repeated by Animal Farm Foundation and many other pro-pit bull groups. The term is strategically designed to flatten the dangerous dog issue by extracting a specific breed. More hideously, it anthropomorphizes the issue by specifically stating that “dogs are individuals” and share the same constitutional and civil rights as human beings.

“Knee-jerk reaction”

When pit bull owners and pro-pit bull lobbying groups speak to the media, such as lobbyist Ledy VanKavage of Best Friends, they often use the term “knee-jerk reaction” to describe the actions of a municipality or institution after it has adopted a pit bull ordinance. Gail Golab of the American Veterinary Medicine Association frequently uses the term as well. A Google News Archive search shows the term in use since 1985.

The ordinance would require pit bull owners to register their dogs with the city , … called the ordinance a “knee jerk reaction” to problems in other … –1985
… Daily News recent articles on pit bull attacks have been quite sensational and have … knee-jerk hysterical reaction that the media has recently… – 1987
“He’s part Labrador and part pit bull,” says owner Ron Anderson, … ”The bottom line is that the ordinance is kind of a knee- jerk reaction… – 1989