an anonymous helper has been leaving comments with links to vintage photos and illustrations for the america's dog blog. s/he left me a link to don't bully my breed for the images, but i was drawn to the pit bull history. to say that i was stupefied by what i read, is the understatement of the year.
America's Sweetheart No More
It is an ironic twist that around the same time dogfighting became outlawed, the Pit Bull began showing up in the media in a negative light. In 1976, the Supreme Court passed the Animal Welfare Act of 1976. This groundbreaking act made dogfighting officially illegal in all 50 states, as well as set strict penalties for anyone found caught fighting dogs. Unfortunately, it is often said that when something is made criminal, that it will attract criminals. Massive misinformation began being spread about Pit Bulls during this time as well. In their efforts to get the Welfare Law passed, some of the major "animal advocacy" groups completely vilified the Pit Bull and spawned the myths that still haunt the breed today. These groups claimed that Pit Bulls had to be trained to fight using treadmills, flirt and spring poles, and other devices which were (and are still today) actually used by responsible owners to exercise their dogs. They made up the "bait dog" myth, which unfortunately is no longer a myth (read more about "bait dogs" here). They "helped" to blur the lines between Dog Aggression and Human Aggression by claiming that dogfighters made the fighting dogs "meaner" by abusing them and feeding them gunpowder or tabasco sauce.
"It is an ironic twist that around the same time dogfighting became outlawed, the Pit Bull began showing up in the media in a negative light. In 1976, the Supreme Court passed the Animal Welfare Act of 1976. This groundbreaking act made dogfighting officially illegal in all 50 states, as well as set strict penalties for anyone found caught fighting dogs."
first, dog fighting has been illegal for over 100 years, and the pit bull's negative image in the media is as old as pit bulls and the media!
second, not only does the fucktard who wrote this, i assume it was the founder of don't bully my breed, not understand the functions of the three branches of government but none of her minions understand the functions of the three branches of government, as NO ONE bothered to EDUCATE this imbecile of her embarrassing error.
third, the animal welfare act did NOT officially make dog fighting illegal in all 50 states. CONGRESS, not the supreme court, addressed only the issue of interstate and foreign commerce in ALL animal fighting not just dogs.
fourth, it was ONLY after the MICHAEL VICK bust that dog fighting became a felony in every state. dog fighting was still a lowly misdemeanor in many states between 1976 and 2007, therefore penalties were LENIENT not strict!
HOW CAN PEOPLE BE SO INSANELY STUPID THAT THEY DO NOT UNDERSTAND HOW OUR GOVERNMENT WORKS AND YET STILL BE INFLUENCING LAWS?
THESE SAME IMBECILES EXPECT US TO TRUST THEM TO BE RESPONSIBLE PIT BULL OWNERS!
the level of ignorance among pit nutters is truly mind numbing.
don't bully my breed was founded by CATHERINE HEDGES.
this is the same CATHERINE HEDGES who claimed to possess more expertise and superior knowledge in her 11 years of rescue angeling than a veterinarian of 36 years with 22 years of animal control experience whom she challenged when he sentenced an aggressive pit bull to a dirt nap in pekin, illinois.
interview with an imbecile
the three branches of government - sesame street style for all of the intellectually impaired pit nutters.
Public Law 94-279 Animal Welfare Act Amendments of 1976
[Animal fighting venture, prohibition. 7 USC 2156.] "SEC. 26. (a) It shall be unlawful for any person to knowingly sponsor or exhibit any animal in any animal fighting venture to which any animal was moved in interstate or foreign commerce.
"(b) It shall be unlawful for any person to knowingly sell, buy, transport, or deliver to another person or receive from another person for purposes of transportation, in interstate for foreign commerce, any dog or other animal for purposes of having the dog or other animal participate in an animal fighting venture.
[Penalties.] "(c) It shall be unlawful for any person to knowingly use the mail service of the United States Postal Service or any interstate instrumentality for purposes of promoting or in any other manner furthering an animal fighting venture except as performed outside the limits of the States of the United States.
"(d) Not withstanding the provisions of subsection (a), (b), or (c) of this section, the activities prohibited by such subsection shall be unlawful with respect to fighting ventures involving live birds only if the fight is to take place in a State where it would be in violation of the laws thereof.
"(e) Any person who violates subsection (a), (b), or (c) shall be fined not more than $5,000 or imprisoned for not more than 1 year, or both, for each such violation.