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Friday, May 23, 2014

Dogs

Of late I have been exposed to what I call extreme prejudice against a particular breed of dog.  Pit Bulls to be exact.  The people that were involved in this experience think all Pit Bulls should be banned.  They think that all Pit Bulls are aggressive and are a danger to their owners, their owners children, and all people and other animals the dog might come around in general contact.  The thing I see most prevalent is the prejudice.  Not all Pit Bulls are aggressive.  Not all Pit Bulls are dangerous.  Not all Pit Bulls pose a threat to people or other animals.  I have been a victim of prejudice of this kind.  I am a heavy set woman.  BBW is what I like to call myself, it means big, beautiful, woman.  People immediately judge me and put a label on me because I am fat.  All fat people can lose weight if they want to, they're just lazy.  All fat people eat too much.  All fat people can't have a job because they might break the furniture by sitting on it.  All fat people don't make the office look good because you can't have a fat female receptionist.  So on and so on and so on.  You think of it, I've been called it because I'm fat.  I have such a pretty face, it's too bad I can't lose the weight because then I would be very pretty.  I'm not worth dating because how can you have sex with a fat chick?  I am lucky to have the men that I've had in my life because no one else would want me because I'm fat.  I haven't had sex with my husband for over 5 years now because I got sicker and gained weight.  He says that isn't the case but I know it is.  Get the picture?  This has also happened to me because I look white but am half Hispanic and understand and speak Spanish that I don't always get right.  Hispanics think I'm white and don't understand Spanish and they talk about me thinking I don't understand what they are saying and become VERY surprised when I speak back to them in their language.  It is at that moment they realize I understood every word they said.  Because I don't like hot spicy food, I'm not mexican enough.  I didn't grow up in a Hispanic environment and wasn't exposed to the same things most Hispanics take for granted.  People will immediately say, "Oh I'm so sorry you had to go through this, no one should have to go through all that."  Why do you think I shouldn't have to go through that but a dog that has no voice should?  I can speak and write and tell people how I feel.  Dogs can't.  It is not fair that I have been judged by my appearance and also not fair that Pit Bulls get judged just because they are a Pit Bull.  This prejudice I'm speaking of goes to all dogs in the pit bull family including mixed breeds.  
I will agree that Pit Bulls can be aggressive and can cause a lot of harm if they decide to bite you.  Sometimes you may not see any aggression at all until it is too late.  All dogs can exhibit behavior like this.  When I was a teenager I was at a slumber party and was severely attacked by a Saint Bernard, I almost lost both of my breasts.  I still have scars and am afraid of Saint Bernards to this day.  This breed of dog is known to be gentle, a good family dog, great rescue dog.  The dog that attacked me lived in a family environment.  I found out after the attack that the dog had to have a collar with spikes on the inside of it that would jab into the dogs neck to control him.  My Dad made the owners put the dog down.  My friend wouldn't speak to me after the incident.  I don't remember how long I had to stay out of school because it hurt to wear a bra or anything more constricting than a night gown.  If I had not put my hands that had my wallet in them up to my throat when the dog attacked me, I wouldn't be writing this right now.  He went for my throat first.  So now, are all Saint Bernards bad because of this dog?  No.  Should they be banned just because they are Saint Bernards?  No.  I heartily agree the dog that attacked me should have been put down.  He wasn't safe to be around.  I have no problem with putting a dog down because everything else you have tried to do to keep it from harming people or other animals has not worked.  I have a problem with prejudice against a specific breed just because the animal is that specific breed.
Someone involved in this experience said that when you look in a Pit Bulls eyes, they look like the devil.  My question is when have they seen the devil in person?  The other thing that comes to mind is that the devil was supposed to have been the most beautiful Angel.  So to me that says Pit Bulls are beautiful if they look like the devil.  Looks, as I've shown, are not something to judge by.  
My point to all of this is that an animal should not be discriminated against just by it's breed.  Things can be done if the dog shows aggression.  Training, muzzling, crating, not having them run loose, not letting them around the things they show aggression to, the list is endless.  
If all Pit Bulls are all bad then by the same standards all men are bad.  I've been raped by men more than once.  You see stories in the papers about it all the time, the news shows it, other women besides myself have experienced it.  This is the same as what is being said about Pit Bulls.  So by those standards then all men should be banned just because they are male.  All men are rapists.  All men can't be trusted.  See the similarity?  No one will do that to a human, why do it to a dog?