The real problem
Shame on you (“A matter of time,” Oct. 17). If you had done your research you would know the statement, “A predisposition for aggression and viciousness is in their DNA,” is completely false; a myth, much like the “locking jaw” myth or any of the other fabricated stories about how pit bulls cannot be trusted.
I’m not going to piece-by-piece disprove your entire biased, myth-based article. But I will say that these dogs are not the problem. The irresponsible owners who do not train or socialize, who improperly keep their dogs enclosed, and who fail to take responsibility for the problem that they have created — these are the people who should be punished, not the dogs. And especially not the entire breed, most of which are perfectly lovable, sweet and gentle dogs.
Thank goodness for the ban in California that protects our dogs and prohibits ignorant people like Councilman Madison from banning an entire population of dogs, most of which are not the problem.
~ L. DILLON, VIA EMAIL
Avoid food-borne bugs
According to the Department of Agriculture’s Meat and Poultry Hotline, this year’s top threat is food poisoning by nasty E. coli and Salmonella bugs lurking in hamburgers and hot dogs at backyard barbecues. The hotline’s advice is to grill them longer and hotter. Of course, they don’t bother to mention that the high-temperature grilling that kills the bugs also forms lots of cancer-causing compounds.
Luckily, a bunch of enterprising US food manufacturers and processors have met this challenge head-on by developing a great variety of healthful, delicious and convenient veggie burgers and soy dogs.
These delicious plant-based foods don’t harbor nasty pathogens or cancer-causing compounds. They don’t even carry cholesterol, saturated fats, drugs or pesticides. And, they are waiting for us in the frozen food section of our supermarket.
~ PATRICK LAWSON, PASADENA
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Re: “A matter of time,” Oct. 17
“In too many cases the dogs’ genes become an overriding factor and they become violent.” This is ignorant, useless crap to anyone who has ever known or trained one of these dogs — or any dog, for that matter. Dogs have been selectively bred to work with humans, period. Fighting was one form of work once, but my “fighting” dog instead puts her heart and soul into the agility course. She might have been dangerous in other hands. So would my neighbor’s German shepherd. Here’s what we do know: Dogs on leashes don’t attack other dogs unless those dogs get near them. Why not enforce leash laws, Pasadena? And someone will always manage to breed a dog that can do damage. Ban one, give rise to another. The problem can’t be cured by banning a breed. And anyway, it’s against state law.
While I don’t deny that irresponsible owners have led to both pets and humans being harmed by pit bulls, the fact that you would quote dogsbite.org makes your entire article a joke. Dogsbite has called a husky a pit bull. Dogsbite has called a mastiff a pit bull. Dogsbite has called a retriever/lab mix a pit bull. You are doing the same thing the crazy folks over there do: ignoring the real problem — humans. Whether it’s an irresponsible owner who doesn’t train, contain, socialize and pay attention to the dog, or an irresponsible parent who doesn’t supervise and teach their kids to behave properly around what are, in reality, large and strong dogs, the fault ALWAYS falls on a human. You are spreading misconceptions and fear-mongering and you should be ashamed.
Insisting that all dogs be spayed or neutered is a terrific idea for many reasons. It curbs aggressiveness in both male and female dogs and battles canine overpopulation, to name a couple. But breed-specific legislation of any kind is extremely dangerous. “Ban pit bulls.” What does that entail? Will policemen come to my house and rip my sweet 4-year-old rescued pit mix out of my arms? If I walk my dog in Pasadena, do I risk having my dog shot on sight by a police officer? Furthermore, with so many dogs having some degree of pit in them, how does one determine if one’s dog should be banned, especially if one’s dog is a rescue and you don’t know the lineage? All dogs bite. If a poodle bites you, it’s a small wound. If a pit bites you, it can cause some serious damage. Because of that, owners of pit bulls have a great responsibility. When pits have attacked humans, further investigation shows that the dogs haven’t been socialized, haven’t been neutered or spayed, are often kept in groups which fosters a dangerous pack mentality, are left alone for extended periods of time and are thus bored. And sometimes, the attacks have been provoked. So rather than ban the dogs, we need to ensure that owners do what they need to do. All dogs are dangerous if mistreated. Let’s direct our energies toward educating potential owners about the right way to treat their pets so all of us are safer
Re: “Better safe than sorry,” Oct. 10
Fire him. Pretty simple.
~ PAUL G
There were a few mistakes in last week’s arts feature story, “Undead Air.” First, Angelle Gullett’s first name was misspelled. Next, the proper name of the Web site on which “The Zombie Radio Show” was launched is 5minutehorror.com. And finally, the author of two novels featuring the podcast’s main character is show creator Craig Sabin’s creative partner, James Mathers.
There were also inaccuracies contained in a listing in our Best of Pasadena edition on Oct., 24. Justine Sherman and Associates, voted Best Speech/Hearing Specialist, does not employ audiologists. Nor does Sherman and Associates consider cerebral palsy, autism spectrum and aphasia to be debilitating diseases, but rather communicative disorders. Further, the company collaborates with but does not employ clinical psychologists, occupational and physical therapists, and medical and dental professionals.
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