Target: Wayne Pacelle, CEO of the American Humane Society
Goal: Overturn the ban on pit bulls due to outdated and inaccurate notions about them being vicious killers.
Entire states are banning pit bulls due to the media’s vicious attack on their reputation. Since the 1980s, these dogs have been treated as the go-to species for attack dogs, bred and trained by humans to be cruel and aggressive and cultivating their image as dangerous predators. Because of this, there have been horror stories of pit bulls attacking people, and because of those stories the media has spread their bad reputation further, even going so far as to create anti-pit bull movements.
It is a self-fulfilling prophecy. People expect the worst from pit bulls and treat them as predators. Those looking for a tough guard dog go immediately for a pit bull and train them to attack. They breed other pit bulls to do the same, and the vicious cycle continues.
The truth is that pit bulls are not naturally inclined to be vicious. Years of breeding and training have led them to such a state, but if raised with lots of love and patience they are actually quite docile and loving. There is no such thing as a “bad dog.” Dogs only do what their human owners train and tell them to do.
Pit bulls have every right to exist and to live as freely as other dogs. It is unfair and cruel to treat them as vicious killers due to the actions and beliefs of their human owners and trainers. Sign this petition to help end the bans on this misunderstood and unfairly maligned dog.
Dear Mr. Pacelle,
Please help us overturn all statewide bans on pit bulls. These dogs have been unfairly cast as the villain among canines in our society; they are trained and used as attack dogs, but when they attack others people instantly blame the dog itself rather than the person who trained them. Humans refuse to take responsibility for the actions of their pit bulls, and as a result states are banning them based on conjecture.
Not only do we need to stop the spread of malicious slander about these dogs, but we need your help to overturn the bans and fight for better treatment of them. Please encourage all states with breed-specific legislatures to remove the ban on pit bulls.
[Your Name Here]
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