The discrimination of bully breeds - by Sabrina Sullivan - 8th Graderby Pit Sisters on 12/28/12
The discrimination of bully breeds
Picture a high to middle class neighborhood. There are mowed lawns, nice houses and happy children playing in their yards. A woman walks her playful, impish puppy. As they walk, people wave hello and kids dash up gleefully to pet the dog. This dog is a pit bull. Surprised? Perhaps it’s the owners of these dogs who should reverse this common, narrow minded judgment. To help prevent discrimination, owners should support their dogs (and communities) safety, enhance their animal’s appearance, and take responsibility to change the way people see their dogs.
All dogs begin as adorable, playful little fur balls we call puppies. But later on in these animals’ lives, some breeds are discriminated against. Owners should help enhance their dog’s appearance to stop this discrimination. “A bad reputation for these animals can cause an even worse attitude toward the dogs,” says Weston Smith, a nondiscrimination supporter. I once visited a non-profited benefit for the Pit Sisters, a rehabilitation and rescue program for dogs coming from animal cruelty. There were a number of dogs that had come from the dog fighting or abusive homes and were now therapy dogs! Just because of the way something looks on the outside means nothing to what they are like on the inside. Just because an animal has a pit-bull form, doesn’t mean it can’t have a Labrador personality. So, to stop this horrible discrimination against these poor creatures, help support your dog’s reputation today, for the millions of dogs and their owners suffering every day.
Without safety, these dogs’ reputations would be in even worse condition then they are today. Because of wrongful judgment against these animals, both your community and your dog are in danger as long as this discrimination lives on. Just a few years ago, a Memphis police officer was on the job with his partner, and saw a pit-bull locked in a kennel. Because of this animal’s bad reputation, the cop shot at the dog, missed, and instead shot his partner. Whether its animals or people, no living thing deserves to be treated like this. Therefore, if more people knew about the true and sweet nature these dogs can have, and their appearance was not so dire, then there would be less discrimination against them and a better life for so many more poor animals out there.
A dog’s appearance and safety could never be established without the responsibility and commitment of owners. As the rightful guardians of these dogs we must defend their honor and stop this unreasonable discrimination against them. A few years ago, my mother and I began to foster two pit-bull dogs that were saved from an unstable and neglectful household. These dogs were some of the most loyal, protective, and sweet animals I have ever been with. At the time, I was about eight, and I played with these dogs all the time, until a stable and caring home was found. As the rightful foster parents, we made sure these dogs got to good homes and began to spread the word about the wrongful judgment against these breeds of dogs. Since then we have fostered quite a few stray dogs and still support the non-discrimination against all bully breeds by telling our stories and changing people’s views every day. Consequently, owners should support and extend the true knowledge of these dogs, to help end this prejudice against animals.
To conclude, no living animal deserves this unjust treatment. We, as owners can change this undeserved judgment and discrimination by supporting our dog’s appearance, supporting our animal’s safety, and taking responsibility, as owners to change people’s bias ways. I can see, somewhere in the future, a wonderful world of non discrimination against all animals. Who wouldn’t want to be a part of creating this better world?
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