How Does PETA Justify Joining an Anti-Pit Bull Coalition?

PETA supports ban on pit bulls.
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The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) found itself in the crosshairs of pit bull lovers. Their decision to join a coalition calling for a nationwide ban of pit bulls doesn’t seem to be ethical treatment, does it? In fact, PETA tried to  explain it away after the negative backlash, but comes across as even more sinister.

PETA is an animal rights organization, rejecting any assumption of human superiority and the using of animals for human benefit. The organization defines the use and abuse of animals as for food, clothing, entertainment, or as research subjects. Therefore, PETA is not only against things like cock fighting, dog fighting, and bullfighting, but is also against eating meat, fishing, and pest control. 

So, to be very clear, in PETA’s worldview, all animals are victims of human oppression, abuse, and exploitation.  There is very little gray area here. We are not talking just the inhumane practices of a few. Even the benign treatment of animals is wrong, in their opinion, if that behavior is ultimately for human benefit. This is important to understand in order to realize how bizarre and inconsistent PETA’s position is on pit bulls.

PETA Joins Anti-Pit Bull Coalition

Earlier this month, it came to light that PETA joined a coalition of over 50 pit bull attack support groups. These group’s collective agenda is to have pit bulls banned across the United States, and this includes therapy and police dogs. So, we are talking about even those pit bulls who have done anything wrong.

PETA vs Pit Bull
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The coalition is preparing to launch a new website—NationalPitBullVictimAwarenessDay.com. The stated intent is to bring public attention to the struggles of victims and communities dealing with pit bull maulings and fatalities. The coalition claims attacks have increased over that last three decades, and this coincides with a rising population of pit bulls.

Their call to action is for citizens, policymakers and elected officials to support breed-specific “solutions” to resolve the perceived problem. This includes bans on breeding, and mandated sterilization of all pit bulls. The ultimate goal is to force these types of dogs—labeled as pit bulls—to be illegal within the United States, and to have the existing dogs either euthanized or forced to die out.

PETA’s Longstanding Anti-Pit Bull Position

In PETA’s own words, their position on pit bulls was formed before the organization’s founding:

Before founding PETA, Ingrid E. Newkirk spent many years as chief of animal disease control and director of an animal shelter in Washington, D.C. During this time, she initiated the first spay-and-neuter program in our nation’s capital. She faced dangerous situations every day in an effort to help abused and neglected dogs, risking her safety countless times in alleys and slums. She rescued pit bulls who had been beaten, starved, chained to metal drums as “guard” dogs, or trained to attack people and other animals. Pit bulls are the most abused breed of dog, and it is the relentless abuse of these dogs at the hands of cruel people that motivates our efforts to stop people from bringing more pit bulls into the world to be hurt and exploited.
Pit Bull
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Let’s be frank here, Ingrid E. Newkirk’s opinion of pit bulls was shaped by human garbage. She worked in an urban area where thugs, gang members, and drug dealers exploited and abused dogs. Her opinion was also shaped by the trash who would raise pit bulls for dog fighting. However, while intellectually PETA seems to understand that it is the abuse causing the dogs to become aggressive, they still label all pit bulls as dangerous.

PETA’s Intellectual Dishonesty

The backlash was so severe that PETA needed to issue a press release on October 19th entitled, Why PETA Supports Pit Bull–Specific Protection Efforts. Protection for who? What PETA supports is a ban of pit bull breeding, and a legal requirement that all pit bull dogs be spayed or neutered.

PETA's Intellectual Dishonesty Regarding Put Bulls
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Essentially, what they support is for pit bull breeds to be forced to die out. They don’t see this as discrimination of pit bulls. They somehow—in their twisted logic—perceive this as the protection of these dogs. They love these animals so much, they believe they just should not be allowed to exist. Does that make sense to you?

The one good point they make is that pit bulls are “macho status symbols.” However, they are “macho status symbols” for a very specific type of human garbage that is abusive and without respect for any life, let alone the life of a dog. That is not the pit bull’s fault.

PETA Is Victim Blaming

Pit bulls are often singled out by legislators because they are involved in so many attacks on humans and other dogs—as well as horrific cruelty cases. Our fieldworkers know firsthand just how frequently and mercilessly pit bulls are abused. These dogs are hands-down the most common victims of heartbreaking abuse and severe neglect that our caseworkers encounter.PETA’s Position on Pit Bulls
PETA Is Victim Blaming
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Pit bulls are the AK-47 of the dog world. The U.S. Assault Weapon Ban of 1994 forbid the manufacture—for civilian use—of only specific semi-automatic firearms that the law defined as assault weapons. However, much of the ban was based on cosmetics, and left similar weapons available simply because they did not look militaristic. This is fundamentally what calls for breed-specific bans—in this case pit bulls—are doing as well.

What happens if there are no more pit bulls? The filth who exploit and abuse pit bulls will just move on to another type of dog, Any dog can be abused to the point it becomes vicious. It is only the pit bull’s reputation that makes it a target. Causing a certain type of dog to go out of existence changes nothing, except prove PETA’s love of animals has limits based on irrational fear.

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Leslie
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Peta and all members can get bent you was suppose to protect may you all get the same treatment you have done to these animals Karma it is a bitch

Jeanie
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Jeanie
PETA, how can you take a stand to stop the abuse of every living things from bees to wolves and dismiss the abuse done to the Pitt bulls? I have been a member of PETA for ten years,I am vegan fir the main reason of the abuse animals suffer. .You can’t pick and choose who you defend !!! Support the abuse of Pitt bulls will cost PETA alot of faithful member, you can stRt with me. Choosing to remove the value of an animal because of the neglect, abuse and death to many innocent Pitt bulls shows the weakness of… Read more »
Richard Morrison
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Every national organization with expertise in canine behavior has published their position against BSL. That’s Every.Single.One. With the exception of PETA. I find that astounding!

Mary Fisher
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Mary Fisher
PETA, I have heard horror stories of how you have killed innocent animals before now this. I will never support you in any way. Your organization is noting but two faced. I now believe that you only want our money to support what ever you think is right and not actually what is right. I will protest you at every corner till the day that I die and I pray that others will hear what I have to say and stop funding you as well. I have these babies and you will not get mine ever. I will fight you… Read more »
Annie
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Annie
PETA DOES NOT DESERVE TO HAVE ONE MORE MEMBER JOINING THEM. THEY ARE KILLERS AMONG THE ANIMALS AND THEY CALL THEMSELVES ANIMAL RIGHTS GROUPS. YOU COLLECT 23 MILLION PLUS FROM GOVERNMENT AND MEMBER DONATIONS, AND HOW MAY ANIMALS DO YOU PUT UP FOR ADOPTION. YOU SHOULD NO LONGER BE CALLED AN ANIMALS RIGHT GROUP BUT AN ANIMAL KILLING MACHINE. YOU KILL MOST ANIMALS EVEN WITHIN 24 HOURS WHILE THEY ARE IN YOUR CARE. NO ADOPTION THAT YOU PROMOTE OR ADVERTISE FOR. JUST TELL ME, WHERE IS THE MONEY FOR, JUST TO STUFF YOUR POCKETS AND HAVE PARTIES WHILE THE COUPLE… Read more »