Pit Bulls : Dangerous Or Misunderstood? Essay

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Pit Bulls: Dangerous or Misunderstood?
American Pit Bull Terriers, American Staffordshire Terrier, and the Staffordshire Bull Terriers, commonly known as “Pit Bulls”, are all breeds of dogs that are universally misunderstood. Pit Bulls are commonly seen as vicious, dangerous, and violent animals. Unfortunately, Pit Bulls are falling victim to dog breedism. Over the years, Pit Bulls have gained a negative reputation, but why? These following articles address how Pit Bulls are misidentified, misrepresented, and unappreciated.
One of the common issues regarding Pit Bulls is the ignorance of their identification. The first article “Inconsistent Identification of Pit Bulls by Shelter Staff” addressed the topic of lack of information relating to properly identifying and labeling dogs. In a shelter, the process of identifying a breed of dog is not what you’d expect it to be. Instead of testing the DNA of every dog that enters the shelter, instead shelter staff identifies dog breeds simply by guessing. The inaccuracy of this method relates to the negative stigma of Pit Bulls. This article addressed a previous study where dog bites were observed. Of the dogs 90% claimed to be purebred Pit Bulls, however, after DNA testing 46% were mixed breed (Olson et. al, 2015). Therefore, individuals are not taking into account the other breeds that are implicated in attacks. Also, this article addresses that media covers more attacks involving Pit Bulls, but are these reports reliable? If even…

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