Craigslist's Rants & Raves Gets It's Pit On
Craigslist.org dominates the internet by offering free classified ads for every part of the country. People can sell almost anything, businesses can post help wanted ads and people can find love. However, there is a side of Craigslist that permits frustration and annoying rants on any topic out there. Many issues that come up in every location are towards local stores, politics and even just complaining about road construction. When looking through posts you can find out in a matter of minutes who has too much time on their hands.
The Research- A Local Look At Views on Pit Bulls
This is a not-so scientific study on how people in my area view the American Pit Bull Terrier. I decided in the wake of the South Carolina Retriever mauling just a few days ago to see how people in my area would react. So I took to Craigslist to find out. The reaction was amazing to even me.
The topic was, of course, Pit Bulls and their danger. I did included information and a link to the Retriever story. But the responses did not touch on the story that just occurred. I shouldn't have been surprised but I was. The focus was only on the fact that I have children and Pit Bulls. None of the posts that followed mine even made a mention to the death of the 2 month old. I was ridiculed for having Pit Bulls, I told that I was a bad mother by people who have never had a dog that was a bully breed.
One of the posted immediately started a list of websites that he said "contained facts" on my breed. Never once did the man mention the CDC (Center for Disease Control) or AVMA (American Veterinary Associate). This two agencies are the authorities on dog bite statistics. Once I posted another response but included information copied and pasted from the CDC website and even was as far to do some some math on a 20 year study performed by the CDC. He then decided that the CDC is opinionated and invalid for statistics.
I broke down the math from the research that was performed and included some very basic easy to find stats. Here it is...
There are around 800,000 severe dog attacks/bites a year that require medical treatment. In a 20 year span that is 16 million dog attacks/bites. There were 66 fatal dog attacks from Pit Bull type dogs that occurred during those 20 years. So the percentage is pretty easy. Of 16 million attacks/bites 0.0004125% of attacks/bites were fatal and caused by Pit Bull type dogs.
The term Pit Bull type dog refers to Pit Bull-ish dogs, the attacks/bites are reported from the hospitals where people are treated. The CDC has stated that the only real way to determine a dog's breed is to do DNA testing. Since no one remembers to grab a DNA sample while they are being attacks, the dog will be classified as a Pit Bull type dog if the person involved or a witness says it looked like a Pit Bull.
Results of Research
My research shows that people who have a strong opinion and have never received accurate information tend to use sources that have no accreditation and that say what they want hear. Also interesting was how other then my initial post not a single person commented or had a reaction to the mauling of the 2 month old.
Even in his final post of the night, the man that decided that the CDC was bias towards Pit Bulls, he mocked by saying "Sleep well.....don't let the pit bulls bite."