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An Argument for Euthanasia 

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Perhaps a better title for "Born Bad?" might have been "Is Lucky Lucky?" Call me crazy, but living in a kennel, scared shitless, medicated, and regularly shocked into submission doesn't sound so good. Did the author consider talking to a positive-reinforcement trainer re pit bulls and their plight? What reasonable person would suggest using pain to train a dog bred to withstand pain? Dominance as a model is extremely outmoded. I'm guessing this same person might choose to speak at a deafening volume as opposed to making an intelligent argument.

Any type of game terrier is going to have a lower excitement/bite threshold. It is the way they are made. The bully breeds are a potent combination of drive and strength. Like all breeds which become fashionable, they have suffered due to mismanagement.

Is it really fair to expect people looking for a pet to adopt an animal which has suffered so much abuse in its short life that it can only mildly participate in its "new" life? It is well-known in the animal-behavior field that shelter animals begin to deteriorate almost immediately. It is a race against time. What hope is there for dogs without baggage, pit bulls and mongrels alike, if no-kill shelters insist they are doing the right thing and continually waste valuable resources on dogs they can't truly rehabilitate.

By the way, can pit bulls be safe? The article never really got there.

Megan Ores-Uhrich

Logan Square


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