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PETA's Position on Pit Bulls (Warning: Graphic Images)

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Posted July 21, 2009 by Ryan Huling

Here at peta2, we receive lots of questions on how we feel about pit bulls and breed-specific legislation. To help clear up any confusion, here is our official position, reposted from PETA, on pit bulls: We’re for ’em.

By “for ’em,” I mean that we are for pit bull protection, for their happiness, and for treating them like dogs instead of like cheap burglar alarms, punching bags, or gladiators in perverted death matches.

Some pit bull fanciers out there seem to think that PETA is “against” pit bulls because we don’t oppose breed-specific measures to address what is obviously a breed-specific crisis. Au contraire. If someone proposed a ban on breeding Labrador retrievers or Chihuahuas or poodles (you get the picture—any dog), we’d be for those too. That’s because we don’t think any dogs should be brought into the world as long as millions are dying for lack of homes in animal shelters and on the streets every year.

Millions, people. Millions of dogs just like the ones you share your homes with have to be euthanized because too many people fail to spay and neuter their animals and choose to buy from breeders and pet stores instead of saving lives by adopting from animal shelters. Wouldn’t we be derelict in our duty if we didn’t support laws that would alleviate suffering and reduce those numbers? If those laws saved just one animal from suffering a miserable life or a painful death, wouldn’t they be worth it?

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.

I’m going to warn you—the following pictures, which were taken by our caseworkers of pit bulls they have helped, are graphic and disturbing. But I hope you’ll steel yourself to look at them and decide for yourself whether or not these suffering dogs would have been better off if they had never been born:

chained pitbull injured from dog fighting
This is Rikus.

PETA fieldworkers found him cowering in his doghouse with a gaping wound on one of his legs, exposing muscle and bone. His face was swollen to the size of a melon because of infected wounds that he had suffered during a dogfight.

Music was nothing more than skin and bones when we found him, chained, without food or water, and with nothing but a rusty pile of junk for shelter. He was shivering in freezing weather, trapped at the end of a heavy chain when we found him.

Music’s ears were shredded and his body was covered with scabs and scars—an indication that he had been forced to fight with other dogs.

In December of last year, PETA staffers found Zoo—also skin and bones—chained and starving in Suffolk, Virginia.

Our vet determined that Zoo was 20 to 30 pounds underweight. Zoo tested negative for intestinal parasites—meaning that his emaciated body condition was because of starvation. He was also filthy, flea-ridden, and heartworm positive. We charged his callous owners with cruelty to animals. They pleaded not guilty in court, but the judge saw through their lies and convicted them. They were sentenced to 30 days in jail (suspended) and forced to pay fines of $250 each as well as restitution for Zoo’s veterinary bill.

On New Year’s Day, heartbroken PETA staffers discovered this angel, Hugo, dead inside his PETA-supplied doghouse. A necropsy report confirmed that Hugo had been starved to death—the only contents of his stomach were grass and orange peels. He had scars consistent with dogfighting and had a fractured rib that was the result of trauma. We worked with law enforcement officials to bring charges against the person who was responsible for Hugo’s prolonged suffering and death. A judge sentenced the defendant to 120 days in jail and five years of probation during which time he is not allowed to inhabit a residence that has any animals in it.

Blackie was chained to an old carrier with no food or water. He was painfully thin, and his right rear leg had a compound fracture that had been left to rot for weeks.

For more information about PETA’s position on pit bulls, check out our new pamphlet on the subject.

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  • Profile photo of Helena8664

    739 days ago

    VN:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    This is one of the most depressing things I’ve ever read. :( I have a pitbull and he is the most lovable little guy ever! I could never stand to see him suffer like this…

  • 865 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Anyone that judge’s Pitbull’s by there reputation,by their breed instead of the character and temperament is like judging a human on appearance alone. A fascist..A puppet of hate, following as mass belief, fueled by fear. It show’s the depth of how ignorance,fear and intolerance toward people,animal’s,and new idea’s lead to judgement of the innocent,violence and meaningless war. I believe were a product of our environment,whether it be a child or a pitbull, Love can be taught and so can hate. After today and seeing all of the discrimination of Pitbull’s im inclined to get involved with PETA. Very disheartening to see someone hate something i love so much.
    PETA’S OPINION- Here at peta2, we receive lots of questions on how we feel about pit bulls and breed-specific legislation. To help clear up any confusion, here is our official position, reposted from PETA, on pit bulls: We’re for ‘em.

  • 1305 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I am a responsible pit bull owner. Both of my dogs are fixed, loved, and well taken care of. My dogs are affectionate, tolerant and excellent with children. Why should a breed be banned because of irresponsible owners? My dogs have never been mean or aggressive. Maybe we should make an effort to punish the owners responsible rather than the dogs, as they are the true victims.

  • 1392 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    That is so true, people need to adopt instead of trying to buy designer dogs. Too many animals die because of people who are trying to make easy money, and abuse animals. I love an adore my three pups Hakuna, Matata and R2 if i had more space id adopt more.

  • 1522 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    We would not be having this problem if laws and punishments were tougher. If the owners of these poor sweet dogs were treated the way they treat there animals, then maybe they might learn something. If that dosent work theres always the death penalty. And dont give me that crap about a peson life being worth more then a dogs. I as far as I can see anyone who would do this dose not deserve the space they waste or the air they breath.

  • Tia

    1616 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    You may as well ban all dogs then. I love my pitbull. I treat her as if she was my child. Pit Bulls are not the problem. People are the problem. Certain people should not own pitbulls. Don’t ban the breed. Ban the people who obviously don’t know how to treat animals from having pets.

    • 1527 days ago

      VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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      Amen 2 that!

  • 2012 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    what happened to these dogs? were they taken from their homes and helped? were the owners punished for neglect and abuse?

  • 2018 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Oh, that is horrible, I hate the fact that this cans happen. What you are doing to help these animals is just beautiful.

  • 2077 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    People did that to those poor animals so people should be punished!!!!!!! Not a BREED!!!!!

  • 2077 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    People did that to those poor animals so people should be punished!!!!!!! Not a BREED!!!!!

  • 2225 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I just want to scoop those poor dogs up in my arms and hug their pain away.
    Although, because of the way they’ve been mis-treated, they’d probably be so scared of even a kind gesture such as this :o(

  • 2225 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Those poor, sweet dogs…I hope that people eveywhere will wake up and stop making dogs fight each other. They suffer because of it.

  • 2227 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I Cannot Believe That People Can Be So Cruel And Heartless… Sometimes I Am Ashamed To Be A Human Being Because Of Horrible Individuals Like That!!!

  • 2228 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    all i have to sayy is oh my god
    i seriously speechless it breaks my heart that someone would do this to an innocent animal

  • 2229 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Those poor dogs! It makes me sick to see them in this condition. I’ve done my research and lots of gang members do this kind of stuff to make money. How sad.

  • 2229 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    This is really sad and I hope people in the future will treat these beutiful animals with the respect they DESERVE!!!

  • 2229 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    tht is soo sad. i cant belive anyone would do this to a poor little animal!! what a monster!!

  • 2230 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    OMFG that is sooo SAD!!!

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