Don 't Bully My Breed Essay

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Don’t Bully My Breed
“Don’t bully my breed” is a rallying cry currently being used by animal rights activist to advocate for the end of breed discrimination against Pit Bulls and pit bull types. It is critical to understand what a Pit Bull is and what a pit bull type may be. Pit Bulls are known by two official breed names, the American Pit Bull Terrier or APBT, and as the American Staffordshire Terrier or Amstaff. These dogs are described in the Original Dog Bible as medium build dogs that are slightly longer than tall, wedge shaped head, muscular build and with a deep powerful muzzle. It goes on to say the dogs should range from seventeen to twenty-two inches in height and weigh thirty-five to eighty pounds (Mehus-Roe325-326). A pit-bull type is vaguely defined as any dog that has the appearance of a pit-bull such as a wedge shaped head, muscular build, and any under bite, or any mix thereof. In fact, there is not an official definition, as pit-bull type, is used ambiguously throughout the United States in ordinances, codes, and laws. According to there are currently twenty six laws or proposed laws in thirteen state legislatures across the United States (pit-bull-bsl). How have these legislatures gained so much national support for these laws? The media, for years the media has been the biggest opponent and detractors of pit-bulls. The misrepresentations and vilification of this breed could lead to its extinction like its ancestor, the Olde English…

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