Thursday, August 23, 2007

The fate of fighting dogs


Aside from one early post, I've been largely silent on the whole Michael Vick dogfighting debacle. For the most part, it's because I have nothing to add to the ubiquitous coverage of the story. I would say that although its sprung from a situation that is both horrific and shameful, I am glad to see the issues surrounding dogfighting enter public consciousness and be taken seriously.

Along those lines, for awhile today CNN's lead story was about the grim fate of pit bulls used in fighting. Even when dogfighting rings are discovered and the dogs are confiscated, they often end up needing to be euthanized. The caption for the above picture also notes that of the 1.4 million dogs euthanized at shelters last year, roughly half were pit bull types.

"Those dogs have been bred for aggression. You can breed for certain physical traits, but you can also breed for behavioral characteristics," said Wayne Pacelle, president of the Humane Society of the United States.

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