We asked, they spoke, in surprisingly good English: It turns out dogs have a lot to say about PETA joining up with a group that's advocating to ban all pit bulls.
Well, some of them do, anyway.
That's right, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has thrown its hat in with an anti-pit bull coalition.
This group's agenda is to have pit bulls banned across the United States -- a move which seems to lead, inexorably, to the dogs being killed.
We're not talking about dogs who have done anything wrong. This concerns all pit bulls.
This one, too:
then there was the time Tom Hardy kissed a pitbull puppy. (The Drop is currently streaming on HBO. You're welcome) pic.twitter.com/ksr73PQk8E
— Doriean (@Doriean) July 31, 2015
And by the way, the term "pit bull" doesn't refer to any specific breed of dog; the way it's being used by these groups, pit bull means dogs who are one of a few kinds of terriers, and mutts with blocky heads and short coats. Pit bull is a physical description, not a breed.
The other groups that are part of this weird alliance purport to want to remove all pit bulls from society in the name of public safety. Never mind that every reputable animal welfare group looking at this issue has found pit bull bans do not increase public safety. Hence, these laws, called breed specific legislation or BSL, are on the wane.
PETA's reasoning is even more of a head-scratcher. (Nope, not fleas. Just confusion. That's what the vet says, anyway.)
PETA's argument appears to be that because some pit bulls are abused, all pit bulls should be terminated. This comes from a 2009 blog post that PETA has been tweeting in response to chagrined animal lovers asking just what in the hell is going on here.
It's bizarre logic that has no natural end. Since some fish might be caught and eaten, should we detonate a nuclear bomb in the ocean? Since child abuse exists in this world, should we commit widescale infanticide? By the way, any sane person's answer to these questions would be of course not.
PETA's spokesperson Colleen O'Brien told me by email that the group is planning on "putting together a feature on pit bulls" that might help explain. But it won't be ready for a few weeks.
In the meantime, others have been quite articulate on the topic of how utterly maddening it is to find PETA using its vast resources in this particular manner.
This blog post describes how many who love dogs, including pit bulls, are feeling right about now:
Killing a dog because of how he looks is not ethical. Judging a dog by appearance not behavior isn't animal welfare. And depriving an animal of a loving home is certainly not Animal Rights.
Shame on you PETA.
And now, the dogs have the floor -- don't worry; they're housetrained: