It's Maryann again. I read this article this morning and I've been fuming ever since so I thought I'd share. ;)
"Johnson stated she doesn’t think there any good pit bulls."
OK, when the PRESIDENT OF A HUMANE SOCIETY makes a comment like this I think it's time to look for a new president. The Director agreed with her so that's another position that should be up for grabs.
"Since March 2004, the Erath County Humane Society automatically euthanizes pit bulls or dogs that look like pit bulls without giving them a chance for adoption and a new home."
"Kathy Tompson, program specialist for the Tarrant County Humane Society of the U.S. said, “In Texas we have a state law against breed specific legislation. We are against breed specific legislation in all ways.” The center recently held a class on pit bulls and how to “tell which are adoptable and those that are not.” Tompson said no one from the Erath County Humane Society attended the seminar."
Well, of course they didn't. You wouldn't want to actually open your mind to the fact that there could be a better way. I know it's not just Erath County Humane Society that does this, but come on. There are laws in place to keep this from happening however it seems they don't apply to some.
I've never owned a Pit Bull - but I would in a heartbeat if the situation arose. It's not just the Pits either, it's all the other breeds considered dangerous. It's irresponsible, ignorant people that are the problem and a society that tolerates the behavior. IMO people in rescue and the shelter system are in the PERFECT position to educate the public and help change the tide of the way breed specific prejudice is going. Break the pattern of thinking before the children today grow up with the same beliefs and practices that have put us in this position to begin with. Having someone in such a position as President of a "Humane Society" that would make such blanket comments is a shame and embarrassment to those they serve.
I know I'm ranting and it's not just in defense of Pits. It's in defense of any dog that is discriminated against as a whole because of the actions of some. ESPECIALLY since these actions are usually the result of lack of human responsibility. Actions of the minority do not define the whole.
What a joke.