As an advocate for the nation's most feared breed, Milan claims that many dogs are being killed just because of how they look -- and some are not even pitbulls.
It's sad but realistic truth. Thousands, maybe even hundreds of thousands, of these dogs are needlessly killed each year in shelters, in dog fights and by trigger-happy police officers who use the breeds reputation as an excuse to shoot and kill something. It needs to stop.
"Our ignorance level is growing way too out of proportion, to the point that we believe that getting rid of a breed is a solution," Millan said. "Genocide. It's a genocide."
Millan will be shown in a special National Geographic documentary which will showcase the breed and interview shelter workers, among others.
"A dog can't hire a lawyer, to protect and defend himself from the mistreatment of humankind," Millan explained, in an interview with HuffPost Green. "We have so many problems. One area where we shouldn't have problems is with dogs. No matter what breed you have, we shouldn't have problems with dogs. The most dangerous thing on the planet is an ignorant humankind."
He's right, you know. Dogs cannot defend themselves at all. They can't speak and say that their owner taught them to fight and would torture them if they didn't obey ; They can't speak and say that their former owner was so neglectful that they are now terrified for their lives and feel forced to defend themselves ; They can't speak and say that they are a really good dog in need of a loving home where they can rest their weary little head. They can't say any of these things which is why having someone as well known as Cesar Milan speak on their behalf is uplifting.
If you have a pitbull -- or have even just known one in a casual circumstance -- then you can probably attest that not all pits are bad. If you've never met with one face-to-face, go to your local shelter, which is sure to be crammed with the breed, and ask to know about one. Most of the pitbulls that enter a shelter will never get out alive and sadly, many of them are kind, loving dogs who just want a home and an owner to call their own.
Cesar Millan's "Love My Pitbull" will air on Nat Geo Wild on April 18.