I know you all are wanting a resolution to Luskins post, but Im not interested in IDs attack Chinese Crested tonight. Once again, I have to defend pits from fear mongerers.
This attack came from an unexpected source-- A contributor on a ScienceBlog. ScienceBlogs has taken a rational stance on pits in the past, with wonderful posts by both Kevin Beck and Chad Orzel (I almost gave Chad a heart attack with my sarcasm, and I still feel bad about it).
Im disappointed Keven turned around and made the decision to call my dog a 'fucker' in the above referenced post. I didnt see it at first, but I caught it just as Arnie was begging for a cherry PopTart.
Kevins co-blogger, Jim, doesnt seem to think Vicks actions were all bad. Pit bulls are evil, vicious dogs, and there is nothing their owners can do about it.
It would be naive to assume that a dog's behavior (or that of pretty much any animal) is entirely or even largely dependent on training and environment. To discount inherent biological factors is specious. The reality is that pit bulls have the "biological equipment" to inflict damage that other breeds, say basset hounds, do not. This statement simply reflects the obvious facts of biology; and it does not condemn all members of any given breed to a given behavior.Jim is an expert on dog breeds (much better qualified than the AKC, which opposes BSL), being a "dog lover" who not only doesnt own a dog, but has evidently never owned a bull breed, or evidently met one (though he assures us that he doesnt want his first pit meeting to be on a country road. No problems with meeting rabid beagles on country roads, though.) And he clearly knows more than silly people like me and my rescue friends who rescue and rehabilitate abused and neglected bull breeds into wonderful family members-- Our opinions dont count, because its, um, um... He doesnt say why our opinions dont count.
He also doesnt give all the 'details' of the CDCs dog bite/mortality stats.
He also doesnt say what his Final Solution is for pit bulls.
Best I dont know.
Add 'Dr. Joan' to the list of SciBlogs I will never read again.