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Given these facts, one would imagine the logical response that fanciers of “normal” dog breeds would have. For instance, a call for cracking down on criminals and backyard breeders producing the glut of unstable dogs, a call for breed clubs to redefine ethical breeding practices, and a strong commitment to breeding away from the aggressive behavior, including dog aggression that defines the pit bull breed. The sad reality is, none of this has happened. Instead, animal welfare organizations and backyard breeders have manipulated the lunatic fringe of the nation’s dog lovers in an attempt to redefine what is “normal” behavior in a family pet. For the criminals and backyard breeders, a lot is at stake: pit bulls have become a cash crop for the underclass; a source of quick cash for drugs, alcohol and more. Most of the dogs produced by “pit bull breeders”– gang members, dog fighters, drug dealers and aimless young people who lack the work ethic to make an honest living — end up dumped or abandoned into our nation’s shelter system. Since most middle class families looking for a pet dog do NOT want a fighting breed, and since many of these poorly bred dogs have been purpose-bred for aggressive temperaments, shelters and animal welfare organizations find themselves deluged with unadoptable pit bulls.
How has the animal welfare community dealt with the constant glut of unwanted dogs? Euthanizing healthy animals has become an issue with donors, who have embraced the concept of “No Kill” animal sheltering. While it is safe and politically correct to advocate spay and neuter education, education has not been effective with pit bull breeders who, even in the Northeast where dog overpopulation is not a problem, rely on breeding pit bulls for income. So the solution has been to launch a massive PR campaign to market and “re-brand” these dogs as the perfect family pet.
Animal welfare organizations quickly found strong support from dog breeder lobbyists, who have a financial interest in fighting any and all regulation on animal breeding. They also found support with owners of the pit bull breeds. Pit bull owners, it seemed, were a vocal and aggressive group. Most were young, female, under-educated, yet web savvy.