He put into my perspective some of the truths of ethically treated animals and how most people believe it is for our own good to use animals to our advantage. I never really pondered the fact that animals, whether they are treated ethically or not, end up getting slaughtered. I truly believe that Steiner provides a strong argument, but I am not in complete agreeance. Ethical treatment of animals is something that I think should always be reinforced, but Steiner takes being vegan to the extreme by saying, “you just haven’t really lived until you’ve tried to function as a strict vegan in a meat-crazed society,” (197) and comparing the slaughter of animals to an internment camp that was part of a mass genocide. Comparing the slaughtering of animals to a mass genocide is more ridiculous than the number of animals killed in a year for human consumption.
Human beings have been shown to be the cruelest animals on the planet. While other animals will kill for defense or food, humans are the only ones that inflict unnecessary cruelty onto others like they do through experimentation. Fortunately, some people throughout the years have shown sympathy towards the various animals that are tested on day after day and work to stop the atrocities committed by man. Animal rights activists and their cause can be traced back to their origins in the antivivisection campaigns of the 1900s. Both individuals and groups of people work to abrogate the abuse of animals, usually through protests.
While Pit Bulls are believed to be responsible for the majority of fatal dog attacks, they are not as inherently aggressive as people are led to believe for a couple of reasons including that Pit Bulls are not people-aggressive, and that the media fuels the stereotypes and hatred of Pit Bulls, and the genetic makeup of a Pit Bull has little to do with aggressive behavior. Pit bulls are not usually people-aggressive although they can be dog-aggressive. “Dog-aggression and people-aggression are two distinctive traits and should not be confused. Unless a Pit Bull has been poorly bred or purposefully trained to attack humans, they generally love people. They are, in fact, one of the most loving, loyal, friendly and dedicated companions you can have”(Rock).
Another myth is that pit bulls attack more than other dogs, and that makes them look dangerous. First of all, pit bulls are a very popular breeds, so it makes sense that the frequency of attacks would correlate in such a manner Secondly, pitbulls do not inherently attack more than any other breed. Pit bulls may attack often, but this may just be because they are trained by foolish humans. People buy pit bulls because they want tough dogs that can attack, so the dogs are trained in a manner that promotes this. However, this quality is not inherent.
There has been a battle between Pit Bulls being a dangerous dog and their dangerous more because of the owner. Some people just say that Pit Bulls are born dangerous, because of the breed. Some people claim that Pit Bulls are dangerous, because the owner didn’t raise their dog correctly. In many cities they have banned breeds such as Pit Bulls. Others see Pit Bulls as a very friendly dog when it is trained to be well behaved, and actually like to rescue them for that reason.
Whether people do not spend enough time with their dog or do not take the proper precautions when they know that their dog reacts negatively to strangers, dog attacks by any breed usually trace back to the owner. Of course the owner seldom takes responsibility, and rather than working with the dogs to improve their behavioral traits, they euthanize. In America, and throughout the world, we have seen this same kind of discrimination in other breeds time after time. In the 1800’s people considered bloodhounds a ferocious breed because of their involvement in tracking and taking down runaway slaves. In World War II people discriminated against german shepherds that often found themselves associated with the Nazis.
With all these traits you will not only have a good family dog but also a good guard dog. Some people abuse the strength of Pit Bulls by fighting them, therefore giving Pit Bulls a bad name. People also inbreed Pit Bulls to create a superior fighting dog. However, the outcome of this is most likely a crazy dog that is unable to be trained and should not be kept as a pet. This issue is very publicized so many people believe Pit Bulls are a vicious breed.
“If somebody is too stupid to understand the fundamental immorality of dog fighting, you’re never going to be able to explain it to him” (Kevin Hench). Most people think that pit bulls have locking jaws. This is false however; no dog breed in the whole world has locking jaws. Dogs are not always aggressive how they are raised and trained determines the behavior of a dog. Dogs have tendencies to be aggressive only if not trained properly.
The dogs were trained to kill or be killed. Pit bulls were also the preferred guard dog for gangs, thugs and criminals. Since the supporters and detractors of pit bulls hold such disparate opinions regarding the ferocity of the breeds, it is only hoped that further discussion and education will help resolve the sad fate that awaits these unfortunate animals. Simply placing all the blame on the breeds will not solve the problems of dog fighting, overbreeding, aggressive training, and excessive euthanizations. Lastly, the biased, sensationalistic publicity of horrific dog attacks which has destroyed the reputation of the once beloved All American Dog must cease.
Since today many people do not take this subject very seriously, as if it would be if it was happening to humans. “Human beings cause habitats loss by converting natural landscape to urban or agricultural landscaped and through pollution, mining, draining, and deforestation. Hunting can also drive species to extinction, as has occurred with several famous extinct species...” (Extinction and Extirpation).Animal cruelty does not necessarily have to do with the animal being physically torture. It ... ... middle of paper ... ...less stringent and called for a felony charge on the second offense.” (Matthews). Currently these bills did not succeed because the felony was lowered even thought it might have been high.