Friday, October 31, 2014

‘Love My Pit Bull’ TV special

4/18/2014

Are humans committing a “genocide” against pit bulls? Cesar Millan one of the country’s most famous dog trainers says we are.

I wanted to make everyone aware that National Geographic has produced a TV special — “Love My Pit Bull” which began airing Good Friday on Nat Geo Wild and will continue to replay throughout the year. The National Geographic special is hosted by Cesar and his current pit bull companion, Junior.

Are humans committing a “genocide” against pit bulls? Cesar Millan one of the country’s most famous dog trainers says we are.

I wanted to make everyone aware that National Geographic has produced a TV special — “Love My Pit Bull” which began airing Good Friday on Nat Geo Wild and will continue to replay throughout the year. The National Geographic special is hosted by Cesar and his current pit bull companion, Junior.

The show makes the case that it’s not just pit bulls, but humans as well, that need to be trained to get along — from his home in Los Angeles all the way to Washington, DC. It will bring to light the ways humans have failed pit bulls and pit bull-type dogs (those that look like pits, even if their actual breed is a mystery; according to chapter 3 of the Ottawa Municipal Code, these also are banned in Ottawa). Some of the main examples of how humans have failed these dogs include dog fighting, widespread neglect and abuse, breed specific laws restricting ownership, media sensationalism, and euthanasia rates so high that a Los Angeles shelter worker chokes up on camera talking about her work in the Nat Geo special.

In a recent interview with Huffington Post, Cesar said, “Our ignorance level is growing way too out of proportion, to the point that we believe getting rid of a breed is a solution, it’s genocide.” He continued: “We say we love dogs. We can’t just say we love certain kinds of dogs. Otherwise, let’s just say we love some dogs. Let’s not say we are a nation of dog lovers.”

We have a moral duty to take care of all of God’s creation. It’s not just pit bulls that can behave aggressive; it’s every dog in the spectrum; aggression is a state of mind not a specific breed trait. If our local officials really believe that simply banning a breed is the solution (and all but one of them do at the city level) to making the community safe, then all local dog owners are in trouble. When an irresponsible owner gets a hold of your chosen breed of dog, whether it is a German Shepard, Rottweiler, Dalmatian, Akita, Boxer, etc., they see banning the whole breed as the solution — the answer for stopping serious dog bites. They go against everything science has brought to the surface over the past two decades, and as evidenced in the local pit bull hearing they ignore expert advice from veterinarians, dog behaviorists, dog trainers, an attorney that specializes in animal law and dog-loving families who have had to move out of Ottawa to keep their families intact. Your dog might be next if they maintain this stubborn position, and you might have to make the heart-wrenching decision of whether to split your family apart or leave your home.

A dog can’t hire a lawyer to protect and defend itself from the mistreatment of humankind. It is the abuse and neglect that creates that aggressive state of mind.

Cesar Millan said later in the Huffington Post interview, “We have so many problems. One area where we shouldn’t have problems is with dogs. No matter what breed you have, we shouldn’t have problems with dogs. The most dangerous thing on the planet is an ignorant human being not a specific breed of dog.”

The best possible outcome to this situation is that we has humans take responsibility for the actions of those before us. We can no longer blame the dog. We humans and dog owners have to take responsibility for how we influence instability, how we has humankind create instability, and stop looking to genocide for the solution to our dog bite problems. I hope everyone will join me in watching the National Geographic Special. Scientific study and education is the best defense for ignorance. In the words of Plato, “We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.”

Jason Berve,

Ottawa

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