New book out: Misunderstood Nanny Dogs?: A Critical and Objective Analysis of the Facts & Myths Concerning Pit Bulls.
Note the link above goes to Amazon.com.
I have not read the book, so I cannot critique it in any way. I plan to read it at some point, but have many other books ahead of it in my reading "Queue". I encourage others to do so, and if you do, feel free to post a review on here at any time, even if OT.
Somehow, I feel this book is going to leave us a dollar short. I'm not perfectly aligned with the Anti-Pit / Pro-BSL movement. Sure, I don't want the beasts around: Who would, other than a raging dog fanatic? Yes, they were bred to fight dogs and other animals; Yes, they are the #1 killer of people and other animals; Yes, they have a rabid, destructive, foaming-at-the-mouth fan base that would embarrass ISIS. Yada, Yada, Yada, I've heard it a million times before and so has everyone else. Is there anything new to add?
Hopefully, the author of the book will apply some critical thinking to the issue and not simply drown the reader in statistics and gory anecdotes (not that there is anything intrinsically wrong with those things). If I want statistics, I'll go to the Congressional Budget Office website. If I want gore, I'll re-watch the last couple of seasons of "The Walking Dead" (which has the added bonus of good gun p0rn).
What is interesting to me is, how did this predicament occur? What is the root cause? Who and/or what is promoting it? What makes people act this way?
What makes people act this way?!? Isn't this about DOGS? No: If no one wanted a pit bull, or any dog even, the problem simply would not exist. Consider that any BSL arrangement is aimed at potential dog OWNERS. Dogs cannot read statutes. BSL is PEOPLE CONTROL.
In my opinion the Pit Bull "problem" is not a problem. It is a symptom. It is an outgrowth of the larger dog culture. To cure the symptom, you have to address the underlying problem.
The problem is the dog culture itself.
Now, many dog lovers will deny this: They assert that the pit bull issue was spawned in a vacuum, and that Socially Mandated Dog Love has nothing to do with it. The fact that everyone is supposed to sing Fido's praises or shut up did not contribute to the growth of the problem. Squashing of effective animal control by dog lovers is not related in any way. The numerous, extreme, legal double standards applied to dogs and their owners had no effect, whatsoever. The fact that society demands that victims of barking, biting, and other social problems related to dogs are always at fault has nothing to do with it. The ever increasing burdens placed on complainants is not relevant in any way at all. Nope, the rest of the doggy universe remains perfect and innocent.
The Pit Bull "problem" is simply doggy love gone full retard.