the past two decades, pit bulls have become the most abused dogs on Earth: They
are the breed of choice for dogfighters; thugs who beat, starve, and neglect the animals in order to make them "mean";
people who use them as "guard" dogs, chained outdoors
in all weather extremes; and worse. At just 12 or 13 years of age, many young men
in neighborhoods across the U.S. are given pit bull puppies as a macho "rite
Pit bulls have become the number
one breed admitted to many animal shelters—and the number one breed represented
in the euthanasia rooms of those facilities. An
estimated 70 percent of dogs in urban animal shelters are pit bulls, and the breed comprises an increasing
percentage of the victims of violence against animals.
PETA's Emergency Response Team handles hundreds of cases
involving abused and neglected pit bulls every year, and it works to improve
the living conditions for pit bulls across the country and to ensure prosecution
when the dogs are abused.
But that's not all we do to help pit
bulls in need—PETA also ensures the following:
After the passage of a San Francisco law requiring pit bulls to be sterilized, officials
there reported that between February 2006 and August 2007, San Francisco's shelter took in 25 percent
fewer pit bulls and had a 33 percent drop in the number of pit bulls euthanized.
PETA wants to see
that kind of success across the country, and we need your help to do it.
Because there are so many pit bulls in need, PETA has
created a special fund to help just them. Your donations to this fund will help
us to sponsor lifesaving spay or neuter surgeries for pit bulls across the
country as well as to provide relief from the elements to pit bulls in dire living
situations. Please help abused
dogs by making a special
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