One of the most interesting parts of Dickey's book is the information (in Chapter 3) about breeds and genetics and the difficulty of identifying what breeds are present in a dog. Genetically, I was surprised to learn, 'pit bull' pretty much isn't a definable breed at all.
For example, the Mars Veterinary company, which administers a popular DNA test for finding out what breeds are in your dog, does not have a DNA profile for the American Pit Bull Terrier, saying that the genetic diversity of dogs labeled 'pit bulls' is too great to support creation of a meaningful profile.
Basically, a 'pit bull' is a dog someone thinks looks like a pit bull. And Dickey goes on to cite data showing that even dog experts do extremely poorly at correctly identifying breeds present in a dog visually.
This article reports on a study showing similar findings with regard particularly to pit bulls:
What does it mean? A few things:
1. Media reports of attacks by 'pit bulls' are very unreliable with regard to identification of the dog breed involved. Therefore:
2. Anti-pit web sites that aggregate media reports in order to paint a picture of 'pit bulls' as uniquely dangerous are not using reliable evidence.
3. Breed-specific legislation is not based on reliable data or evidence about dog attacks.
Of course, none of this will change the minds of zealots, who aren't even going to look at anything that contradicts their prior conceptions.
"I was quoting from an email sent out by DCSO to courthouse employees"
Actually, you didn't quote anything. Why don't you?
Durham seems to have survived last night without incident, amazingly enough.
"Why would I make this up??"
Who knows? One possibility: you're a flying monkey for Trump and are doing this for the exact same reason Trump lied about the "moment of silence" for the Dallas shooter.
Um. For one thing, you don't "plant" Molotov cocktails.
"Intel units," lol.
Trying to make people afraid with totally made-up crap is pretty despicable, even when it's as lame and transparent as this.
"Is The Closure of Cave Taureau a Bad Sign for Downtown Durham's Recent Retail Bloom?"
I'd say it's a sign that their offerings were overpriced and their selection inferior compared to, at least, Wine Authorities and Sam's, and probably even the Durham Co-op.
Everyone should check out the link Lauren Smith provided; in fact here it is again:
It nicely sums up people's weird attitudes, and the issue of the flood of misinformation out there, about these animals.
Arguing with anti-pit activists is a lot like arguing with anti-vaxxers.
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