Retract Article that Discriminates Against Pit Bulls


Target: Charlotte Alter, Writer for Time Magazine

Goal: Retract discriminatory article that insists pit bulls should be sterilized and highly regulated

A recently published TIME magazine article has caused a stir among anti-dog breed discrimination supporters. Charlotte Alter, the author of the article The Problem With Pit Bulls, is insistent that pit bull breed dogs should be sterilized and highly regulated. Alter shares statistics in support of her claims, though fails to properly relay the underlying problem, which always accompanies aggressive dogs of any sort: failed responsibility on the part of the dog’s owner.

Within her article, Alter shares information that claims pit bulls are not inherently aggressive; rather, they are raised that way through abusive treatment. Alter even addresses certain incidents where pit bulls were not aggressive at all and instead were very well-behaved and highly affectionate. Despite this acknowledgement, Alter’s belief remains that breed-specific mandated sterilization should be made law and all pit bull dogs should be sterilized and regulated. Alter uses many quotes from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) in order to support her discrimination. These quotes allude to the idea that PETA believes pit bull dogs are a danger to society and Alter agrees.

Claiming that pit bull dogs must be regulated and sterilized because they are believed to be inherently aggressive is off base and discriminatory. Time and time again pit bull dogs have flourished while in stable, loving homes. Because the breed has been targeted by ill-meaning people for fighting and aggression only speaks for those specific dogs, not the entire breed. Alter’s support of this discrimination is inappropriate; people and governments should focus on the root of the problem: people, rather than the victims of abuse: dogs. Urge Alter to heed caution and common sense in the future when addressing serious issues like dog discrimination.


Dear Charlotte Alter,

You recently authored an article, which is now featured in TIME magazine, titled The Problem With Pit Bulls. Your viewpoint on the issue of pit bull aggression and attacks is obvious: you advocate for pit bull regulation and sterilization. While sterilization is overall a good idea for most dogs, your belief that sterilization requirements should only pertain to pit bull dogs is discriminatory and off base.

You cited quotes from PETA and other officials to back up your case, though unfortunately the viewpoints of these people are also discriminatory. To say that pit bull dogs are innately aggressive and dangerous is wrong. Pit bull dogs are favored by individuals who wish to participate in underground dog fights and other harmful illegalities. Many of these ill-meaning individuals exist all over the world. Certain pit bulls are raised to fight; the breed itself is not bred to fight. When raised in a stable, loving home, a pit bull is a wonderful, gentle and loyal family member. This has been proven many times over; in fact, you mentioned many cases of well-behaved pit bulls in your article. How a dog is trained, treated and raised makes all of the difference in temperament; this is seen in all breeds.

Ms. Alter, I urge you to address the issue with a deeper understanding of the real problem at hand. Pit bull dogs alone are not the problem. Dangerous people who use pit bull dogs for illegal activities should instead be targeted and forced to suffer the consequences of their actions. Pinpointing the real problem is of utmost importance; stop advocating discrimination.


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  1. paula eaton says:

    Pitbulls are not the problem, it is the abusive and cruel “owners” who force them to fight.

  2. Whoever the person is to say something stupid about PITBULLS! Shut the fuck up . Pitbull are playful and nice . Get it in your fucking head that people are the ones who treat pitbull wrong. It’s not the PITBULLS fault . It’s the dumb ass people who are fucking rasing them wrong.

  3. Pit bulls are the shittiest of pets, often turning on their owners and killing people and pets. I think owning and defending pit bulls is a new mental illness. Pit bull owners should be ashamed of their defense of pit bulls over the safety of society. They often threaten anyone who dares to point out how dangerous pit bulls are, and even go so far as to say little children deserved to be killed.

    • Thank for your diagnosis, Dr., but I do not suffer from a mental illness, only balanced research and experience. I have been rescuing dogs, cats, horses, rabbits, and children for my entire adult life. I have been chosen by pits and pit mixes since the mid eighties and have never regretted it. There has never been a bite, an accidental death of another pet, or even a threat. The current two pits and chow that live with me share the property with 40 free ranging chickens and I don’t know how many rescued rabbits and their get running around the property. They herd the chickens, rounding them up in the evenings, and lie in the sun with their companion rabbits on warm days. The only damage they have done to any of us has been to wear out our arms from throwing their sticks. I would challenge anyone to get near my grandchildren if the elderly Staffy does not approve, and she is more watchful than any mother. These are the most giving, loving and entertaining pets I have ever had.

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