Canine Discrimination by Richard Prince

“Genetics loads the gun and environment pulls the trigger.” – Dr. Francis Collins, former director of the National Human Genome Project and current director of the National Institutes of Health

The term was invented by the pro-pit bull lobby, for the sole purpose of using both “real discrimination” and our love for dogs to get you to feel sorry their Pit Bulls. Their purpose is designed to combat people nationwide who are screaming for legislation in regards to Pit Bulls.

Just to get you up to speed, Pit Bulls have killed at least eight Americans in the first 80 days of 2015.

The dog “species” as a whole have killed 42 Americans in 2014. Pit Bulls and their mixes have killed at least 31 of those 42. It is important to note that breed was not identified in three fatalities. Frequent human kills by dogs is a breed specific problem, and therefore “Canine Discrimination is not a bad thing. It is necessary. Pit Bulls and their mixes are responsible for 100% of all human deaths (so far) this year by canines.

There are over 400 different recognized breeds of dogs in the world. How is it, only one breed can be responsible for over 90% of all deaths caused by dogs?

Lets take a look at the word discrimination. Webster’s three definitions:

1) the practice of unfairly treating a person or group of people differently from other people or groups of people

2) the ability to recognize the difference between things that are of good quality and those that are not

3) the ability to understand that one thing is different from another thing

We can throw out the first one because it refers to the legal definition of discrimination, which pertains to PEOPLE. The Constitution protects people from unjust discrimination. There is no national legal wording that protects dogs or cats from unjust discrimination by breed, and there should never be! So we throw the legal definition out, which, I would like to point out is the definition that the pro-pit bull lobby wants you to think of when they sell their rotten and selfish bill of goods.

What does that leave us?

The ability to recognize the difference between things that are of good quality and those that are not and the ability to understand that one thing is different from another thing.

Let’s now talk about the “dog” as a species. They all derived from the wolf if you go back in time far enough, but at some point, some of them became domesticated. Not for pets, but mostly for work. Mankind discovered the dogs are excellent helpers when it comes to work. Not all jobs were the same, and not all dogs had the same desires or abilities.

What did mankind do? We began to meddle with the dog species. Through discriminatory, artificial selection through controlled breeding, mankind created many different breeds of the dog species. It took hundreds of years to do. Each breed had a purpose, and they were inherently good at what they were bred for, thanks to the discriminatory breeding practices of humans.

An example of discriminatory selection for breeding---The breeders end goal in this example is to create a breed that was sleek and fast, so he would not be mating big, thick boned dogs. He would instead select longer boned dogs to breed with each other, so they would create the sleek and long boned puppies. In turn, he would grow the pups until they were old enough to breed themselves, and select and use only the ones that helped him reach his end game. He would purposely select against, discriminate against, a thick and muscled breed of dog or pup in this breeding cycle. He also would not select a dog with short and stubby legs, so that stubby dog would also be discriminated against in the selection of the the dogs that were allowed to mate with each other, when his end game was to create a racing greyhound.

The dogs became naturals at what they were discriminately bred to do. With some training, they were given the opportunity to hone their natural abilities and become even better at what they were bred to do. The breeds each developed instincts.

Puppies, almost fresh and wet from the womb have shown their instinctual abilities from a very young age, before any training had taken place. Their instincts were inherent, much like it is an instinct for a rattle snake to curl up and bite you, or the instincts of an eagle to hunt for it’s food. Young Pointer puppies will begin pointing. Young Beagle puppies will put their noses to the ground sniffing away at things as soon as they are able. It is natural for them.

The breeders did a really good job in their discrimination, in the process of their selection of dogs to mate with one another, to make all these breeds. It took hundreds of years for them to work and breed their way through the species of dog to get these final products (breeds), and now, suddenly, Pit Bull owners in 2015 wants us all to ignore these historical facts?

They toss out the words “breed discrimination” as if it were some sort of a crime? They demand we do not discriminate against pit bulls and they demand we treat them the same as we would treat any Cocker Spaniel, or Pug, or Labrador Retriever, despite the fact it was discrimination that created ALL of the different breeds.

Some breeds are really good at hunting, or pointing at birds, and some dogs were really adept at mountain rescue work. Some breeds are really good at being lap dogs, or chasing a fox, or scaring a raccoon up a tree, and lastly, some dogs were really good at fighting, gripping, and killing. Pit Bulls were hand selected to fight, in other words, man discriminated in favor of the Pit Bull's violent and savage traits.

To breed Pit Bulls, they crossed bulldogs with terriers. They used bulldogs for their strength and grip, and terriers for their tenacity, smarts and smaller size, and their hold and shake attack style.

This is what Pit Bulls were bred for. Dog fighting. All too often they use their animal aggression against humans, but now the owners of Pit Bulls want us to ignore the differences between Pit Bulls and Pugs, despite the fact that it took breeders hundreds of years to purposely create these differences.

The differences of the breeds of dogs are what makes the dog unique. Ignoring the Pit Bull's desire and ability, and instincts to grip onto another warm blooded animal, and hold and shake until there is blood and death, is about as stupid as ignoring a Greyhound's speed by putting a Pug or a Beagle on a Greyhound track to race against other Greyhounds.

Avoiding this dog may save your life.

Your life, and the lives of your children may one day depend on your ability to recognize a Pit Bull from a block away.

Creating special regulations or laws for pit bulls may save your life. Laws we simply do not need to create for every breed of the canine species. A law created to protect us from Pit Bulls, would be of no use to enforce onto Pugs and Chihuahuas.

Do all dogs bite? Yes, and Pit Bull owners are always quick to point out how nasty Dachshunds can be....but let me know when you see a Dachshunds lift a 12 year old boy off the ground and shake the child until he is dead.

Lets stop with this “breed discrimination talk”, like there is something wrong with it. It is perfectly, moral, legal and ethical to discriminate against a breed of dog.

It strikes me as awfully funny that owners of Greyhounds never complain when we recognize the speed of their dogs.

Come to think of it, the owners of hounds are pretty damn proud when we recognize how great they are at tracking.

Videos of Pointer, Setter, Border Collie and Pit Bull puppies flexing their DNA at very young ages.

A Demonstration of Genetics


2014 Dog Fatalities


KaD said...

Something nutters don't want to understand-there's a big difference between discrimination and discriminating.

Unknown said...

So true, and worse yet, without discrimination, their dogs would not even exist. If Breeders stopped their discriminating selection process, pit bulls would disappear off the face of the earth. All breeds would melt in the pot and the canine species would be like a bowl of mashed potatoes. Then it would be impossible to know which dogs are dangerous and which dogs are not.
It is a nice to be able to determine life safety at just a glance.

Unknown said...

Great blog post Mr. Prince. I really enjoyed it and plan on using this in the future. Speaking of "discrimination," check out what the AVMA has to say about BSL. The following is on the AVMA website:

"Why breed-specific legislation is not the answer

Imagine you were told you weren’t allowed to live somewhere or do something because had a specific “look” about you that some people didn’t like. Or maybe you look like someone who did something bad, even though you haven’t done anything bad yourself. Imagine someone who’s never met you decides that you’re a bad person and a danger to society. They won’t let you live in their neighborhoods or walk in their parks or streets. Is that acceptable?" https://www.avma.org/public/pages/why-breed-specific-legislation-is-not-the-answer.aspx

WTF?!!! And tell me again WHY we listen to these ass clowns regarding BSL and public health and safety?

Unknown said...

Jeff! They have really invoked my pity with that statement. Do these people still go to college to become veterinrians? OMG!

The AVMA also admits that human death and serious injuries by canine are a breed specific problem!

Next time my pets are sick I might call a witch doctor instead of a vet. How utterly pathetic of them to say that.

juliewall said...

The vast majority of these pit bull advocates are truly under the impression that love and obedience training can overcome an animals natural instinct. I'm not saying that every single pit bull type will kill. We have all seen Labradors that are afraid of water; there are plenty of exceptions to the rule out there, in any breed. When we discuss other breeds that have instinctual behaviors, such as pointing or herding, it is widely accepted that these are natural traits that one should take into consideration before adopting, owning, or breeding. Pit bull advocates refuse to accept or follow the same line of thinking when it comes to pit bull type dog. Pit bull advocates are more obsessed with ignoring the power of genetics, foolishly convincing themselves that they can outsmart Mother Nature. The pit bull advocates accomplish this by convincing the general public that if you are a good enough person, you can overcome the odds, pull a pit bull off of death row at an overcrowded shelter, and end up with Lassie.

juliewall said...

The American Veterinary Medical Association, does not even track people who have been killed by dogs, so how would they know if it was breed specific or not? For the past 35 years pit bull type dogs have been the number one canine killer of people, pets and livestock. The AVMA can't tell me this is not breed specific issue. There are 400 dog breeds and only a few breeds that continually kill humans. The problem with targeting "irresponsible"owners is that you only know they're "irresponsible" after the death or mauling has already occurred. That's too late for somebody. Good BSL or breed bans eliminates the problem before it happens. Guns don't kill people- people kill people. Same with pit bulls- they are a dangerous breed and those that own them need to be regulated and controlled.

Da Ninja said...

Good stuff, Richard. They tried, but they couldn't 'put out your fire', could they!

Not too long, nice and readable, easy to understand, and right on target.

Genetic fires.... they cannot be controlled; people need to embrace it. Well done.

Miss Dee said...

I found this blog after running foul of pit nutters on a LADbible post about a man killing himself after his banned pit bull was taken off him and put down, they took great exception at me for stating that some pit bulls are killers, that their bite is worse than other dogs because they clamp down and won't let go (I was accused of promoting the lock jaw myth, I never said that, I simply described the way they bite), that they were bred to fight and listing all the dog attacks ending in death from recent years in the uk (where I live) that I could find with a quick search, the majority unsurprisingly being caused by bull dogs or bull terriers. I was told I have no grasp on the facts and was spreading urban myths, that pit bulls are little cuddly bundles of loyalty and love and could never hurt a fly. I was presented with the tale of the nanny dog, whom before becoming the guardian of children was a large game hunter not a bloodsports breed at all (oh lol, hunting IS a bloodsport) and how cruel humans twisted this purpose making them fight in pits despite their child loving, do no harm nature. Oh and that they are not called pit bulls for either fighting in pits or for the bull baiting of their bull dog ancestors, they never said why they got these names but they were adamant that the fighting and the bulls were just evil rumours. My list of the dead was ignored and I was told I was spreading inaccurate media hysteria. The thing is I never said all pit bulls/ bull breeds are dangerous, I even said I'm sure there are loving family pets out there but I was treated as if I was suggesting their own dog had commited a great crime, there was one reasonable response that ended by asking me when was the last time I'd heard of a pitbull killing someone, like it would be so long ago that we should just forget it, that's why I did thee list, most of whom were killed around 2013, the most recent was an 11 month old girl, killed by an american pit bull (a breed that is banned here) in 2014.

I had never heard this story about nanny dogs and I'm pretty up on my history and English dog breeds, so I googled and found your blog. It was sort of a relief to see that the rampant denial of the true nature of their pet is being combated elsewhere. I've never come across the phenomenon of the pit nutter and it disturbs me greatly that they own these dogs, I think a responsible dog owner should be fully aware and accepting of their breed's traits so they know what to expect and how to react. This constant rewriting of history and denying the basic facts on what these dogs were specifically designed to do is very worrying and completely irresponsible. It worries me that they spend so much time spreading the lie that pit bulls are completely harmless, yet are happy to point out other dog breeds are dangerous, have bitten or killed people like it somehow makes it alright that maybe a bad owner let their pit bull kill someone except that never happens because pit bulls are the most loving and loyal dog in the universe, how can you have such a huge disconnect in thinking?

scurrilous amateur blogger said...

"how can you have such a huge disconnect in thinking?"

the $64,000 question.

oh and i am not convinced that suicide in sweden is factual. i mean, i have only seen it on dog pages.

Miss Dee said...

Interesting, so it's not even a real story? Wow. And they say the mainstream media is full of lies about pit bulls? lol.

I think it's crazy how many people were called heartless idiots for saying 'well it WAS a banned breed, he should have known better/it's his own fault' and yet having read more I see that pit nutter are very happy to go on the facebook of parents of dead children and pass about the blame to anything other than the dog(s) that did it. How is that any less heartless?

KaD said...

I wouldn't be surprised if the story was real. A troubled breed attracts troubled people to start with. Ask yourself why this guy HAD to pick a known banned breed instead of any of hundreds of NON fighting breed dogs to start with, thereby thumbing his nose at the law and no doubt thinking he'd get away with it.

Unknown said...

I read that story about this man who supposedly committed suicide over the loss of his pit bull. The story did not bother mentioning the city the man lived in, and also failed to mention his last name. At best the story is likely bullshit.

scurrilous amateur blogger said...

sorry, i accidentally deleted this comment left by getapetahome:

Oh no! I really needed that video. You see I have this beautiful teenage daughter who won't stop telling me that pit bulls are just dogs. Before she gets her face chewed off by one of her friends pit bulls, I want her to know how different they are from the start, and nothing said it like the two puppies ripping each other apart until someone separated them. Is there any way You can send me a link of that video in my email at
getapetahome@gmail.com? I have a lot of sound and solid reasons for being very concerned about the explosion in births of pit bull dogs. We desperately need the cooperation of a lot more people like me and the average person coming forward, speaking out, and fighting for protection. It should not be something that only happens after someone in our family loses a life or a limb. Just getting started on a very careful campaign to protect my own child. Wish me luck.