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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Pinups for Pitbulls

You can click the picture for the website; I checked out the book.  The idea is to use pin-ups (the author comes from a modeling background) to help promote the cause of this maligned breed. ASPCA says this:
The reality is that dogs of many breeds can be selectively bred or trained to develop aggressive traits.  Therefore the responsible ownership of any dog requires a commitment to proper socialization, humane training and conscientious supervision. Despite our best efforts, there will always be dogs of various breeds that are simply too dangerous to live safely in society. We can effectively address the danger posed by these dogs by supporting the passage and  vigorous  enforcement of laws that focus, not on breed, but on people’s responsibility for their dogs’ behavior, including measures that hold owners of all breeds accountable for properly housing, supervising and controlling their dogs.  Breed neutral “dangerous dog” laws, “leash laws” that prohibit dogs from running loose off their owners’ property, and “anti chaining” laws can control the behavior of individual dogs and individual owners and thereby help reduce the risk of harm to people and other animals.

Laws that ban particular breeds of dogs do not achieve these aims and instead create the illusion, but not the reality, of enhanced public safety.  Notably, there are no statewide laws that discriminate based on dog breed, and 18 states have taken the proactive step of expressly banning laws that single out particular breeds for disparate legal treatment.  Even the White House has weighed in against laws that target specific breeds. In a a statement issued in 2013, President Obama said “[w]e don’t support breed-specific legislation—research shows that bans on certain types of dogs are largely ineffective and often a waste of public resources. And the simple fact is that dogs of any breed can become dangerous when they’re intentionally or unintentionally raised to be aggressive.”
The non-discrimination sentiment might confuse some readers of the pit bull Wikipedia page  that suggests a certain level of special dangerousness here.  The page also can give you more on the background of the breed, which the book could have did more to discuss. The book is basically a place to find pics of a range of sexy looking women with dogs, provide the author's entry into the pro-pit bull movement, provide examples of precious pit-bulls (more than one thanks, in a matter of speaking to the current QB of the Jets) and some supportive comments.

It's a nice looking table top sort of book that will help promote and fund the efforts of its backers, who have not only posed and looked sexy, but adopted injured dogs, help train therapy dogs, dealt with Hurricane Katrina's animal needs and overall did saintly work honoring "man's best friend" in a variety of ways.

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