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Man’s Best Friend Becomes Man’s Main Course

OR: Breaking News! Man Bites Dog

 You know, of all the people I hate (and I hate a lot of people) Zimbabwe’s president Robert Mugabe stands out among the rest.

I’ve written before about his stupidity (see From Breadbasket to Basketcase), and how he has made his country a crap-hole.

If you’ve been following the Zimbabwean news, then you already knew what a mess this country has become. Well believe it or not, it’s getting worse.

Apparently, the latest way to survive the poverty that Mugabe has inflicted on his people is to eat the family dog.

I CAN’T MAKE THIS STUFF UP, PEOPLE!! CNN is reporting an AP story about how people are eating the family pet just to survive.

DO NOT THINK THAT I AM IN ANYWAY BLAMING OR CONDEMNING THEM. I would do the same thing if an evil demogogue had ruined my country. (I’m looking at YOU, Bush.)

The story goes on to tell us that the animal shelters cannot feed or euthanize the animals they have because they have no food or poison. Why not give the animals to the starving people? That’s not a joke. The people need to eat, and the animals are going to die anyway.

Robert Mugabe, there is a special place in hell for you. Don’t keep them waiting.

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September 15, 2007 at 1:38 am Leave a comment

“Pitbull Mauls 2, 3rd Fatality This Month”

Or: Typical Daily News

You can tell me all day long how sweet and gentle your pitbull is and how it would never hurt a fly. However, the now common reports of attacks by these vicious animals tells a different story.

I understand that many pitbull attacks (as well as those of other breeds) are often predicated by irresponsible or evil owners (like Michael Vicks). But I also read too often the words of parents crying over their dead or hospitalized child about how their dog had always been so gentle.

Today, I did a Google search for “pit bull attacks” and was handed 1,830,000 results. Thees results ranged from an old lady killed on a roadside, to a 2 year-old raped by a pitbull in his living room. I absorbed as much as I could stomach and present some of my findings to you.

Often owned by thugs, “gangsta’s”, and others of societies trash people; pitbulls are often bred and trained to be killers. But all too often, a decent families pet will revert back to what it was created for – killing.

Pitbulls are descended from the old English “bulldogge” which were crossed with any of the popular and powerful terriers of the day producing a game, powerful, agile, and smaller, more capable opponent in the dog pits.

To quote Carl Semencic, author of several informative books on guard dogs, and a big pit-bull fan:

To preserve the bull-and-terrier’s pugnacious traits,  the dogs were bred only to dogs of the same cross. Thus was born the pit-bull terrier, “the most capable fighting dog known to modern man”.

However, the pit bull’s unusual breeding history has produced some bizarre behavioral traits, according to The Economist‘s science editor in an article published a few years ago. According to this article, the pit bull is quicker to anger than most dogs, possibly due to the breed’s unusually high level of the neurotransmitter L-tyrosine.

Secondly, pit bulls are frighteningly tenacious; their attacks frequently last for 15 minutes or longer, and nothing—hoses, violent blows or kicks—can easily stop them.

This is because of the third behavioral anomaly: the breed’s remarkable insensitivity to pain. Most dogs beaten in a fight will submit the next time they see the victor. Not a defeated pit bull, who will tear into his onetime vanquisher. This, too, has to do with brain chemistry. The body releases endorphins as a natural painkiller. Pit bulls seem extra-sensitive to endorphins and may generate higher levels of the chemical than other dogs. Endorphins are also addictive: “The dogs may be junkies, seeking pain so they can get the endorphin buzz they crave.”

Stephen Zawistowski, ASPCA advisor and animal geneticist, says that most dogs warn you before they attack, growling or barking to tell you how angry they are—”so they don’t have to fight,” not the pitbull, which attacks without warning. Also, other dogs will bow to signal that they want to play. But again, not the pit bull, it often follows a playful bow with a deadly assault.

Merritt Clifton (editor of Animal People) conducted a detailed study of dog bites between 1982 and 2006. (Clifton, Dog attack deaths and maimings, U.S. & Canada, September 1982 to November 13, 2006.) Clifton’s study presents numbers of serious canine-inflicted injuries by breed. His results are worth noting.

According to the Clifton study, pitbulls, rottweilers, presa canarios and their mixes are responsible for 74% of attacks that were included in the study, 68% of the attacks upon children, 82% of the attacks upon adults, 65% of the deaths, and 68% of the maimings. In more than two-thirds of the cases included in the study, the life-threatening or fatal attack was apparently the first known dangerous behavior by the animal in question.

Clifton says,

Pit bulls and Rottweilers are accordingly dogs who not only must be handled with special precautions, but also must be regulated with special requirements appropriate to the risk they may pose to the public and other animals, if they are to be kept at all.

 It is time to either ban pitbulls and other dangerous breeds or hold owners, breeders and dealers legally responsible when a person is attacked or killed. People need to be charged with homicide and imprisoned, regardless of how peaceful they considered their monster.

I leave you with a chilling remark from Merritt Clifton:

If almost any other dog has a bad moment, someone may get bitten, but will not be maimed for life or killed, and the actuarial risk is accordingly reasonable. If a pit bull terrier or a Rottweiler has a bad moment, often someone is maimed or killed–and that has now created off-the-chart actuarial risk, for which the dogs as well as their victims are paying the price.

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September 14, 2007 at 10:46 pm 50 comments


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