Pit bull awareness month is a time to educate others on the truth of the breed. Too often, myths about Pit bulls take hold out of fear, and that fear perpetuates the lies.
While Pit bulls were once revered as nanny dogs, taking care of children because of their gentle nature, they are now condemned as vicious dogs. But are they really?
At given points in time throughout history, a breed of dog has been singled out as being dangerous: Dobermans, Rottweilers and German Shepherds to name a few. But was it the breed that was dangerous? Do Pit bulls really deserve the discrimination against them?
The truth is, the danger lies in human beings.
Any kind of hate is learned. And when a hateful human has a pet or child, that hate is passed on. Dogs have to be trained to be aggressive. When a dog is born, s/he only wants to love and be loved.
Pit bulls are unjustly accused and sensationalized by the media when dog bites occur. Often the dog in question is a different breed; but that doesn't grab people's attention. And it's unfortunate that the chosen dog in dog fighting is a Pit bull. All this does is create prejudice against all Pit bulls.
However, Pit bulls are often heroes, saving the lives of their owners. Organizations like the MSPCA work hard to educate the public on the true nature of a Pit bull. Unfortunately, Pit bulls are also often the target of abuse and are usually among the first to be killed in a shelter.
Massachusetts banned breed specific legislation in August 2012. Now Bill H.918, An Act Concerning the use of Certain Insurance Underwriting Guidelines Pertaining to Dogs Harbored upon the Insured Property, is a current proposed legislation awaiting in the Joint Committee of Financial Services. This bill would ban insurance companies from refusing “to issue or renew, cancel or charge or impose an increased premium or rate of such a policy or contract based in whole or in part, upon the harboring of any specific breed or breeds of dog upon such real property.”
October is Pit bull awareness month: in order to wake up the public, to show that those of us who have Pit bulls, have the most lovable, snuggable, goofiest breed of dog who deserves to be honored and loved, like all other breeds.