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Humane Education Leads to Progress
For Informed Dog Owners

Vision Statement: We envision a society free from discrimination, where responsibility, education, love and compassion allow humans to fully respect and understand man's best friend.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Discrimination during hurricane rescue efforts

Ms. Donna at BAD RAP has a great post up about the discrimination against "pit bulls" in New Orleans as part of hurricane Gustav rescue efforts. While I certainly applaud the rescue efforts of the SPCA of Texas, it's shameful that they would leave any dog behind simply based on what it looks like (btw - see here about breed identification, that's a whole other story). If a dog is aggressive and cannot be safely rescued during a hurricane or other natural disaster, it's absolutely acceptable and probably unavoidable to leave some dogs behind. But if a dog or dogs really are being left behind simply because they may be a pit bull or look like a pit bull, that's a disgrace. Thankfully, the aftermath of Gustav has been a far cry from Katrina for both our 2-legged and 4-legged friends. Speaking of Katrina, if you haven't already seen this, please check it out - Michelle Davis from KC Dog Advocates posted about their rescue efforts following Katrina in 2005.

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