Love-A-Bull Pit Bull Meetup Message Board › KVUE News - Dog Attack
|Jessica Anisman R.||
Last week KVUE news reported a dog attack and while reporting it, showed an image of a snarling pit bull. The dog accused of attacking a human was reported as a German Shepherd. Clearly, this careless and irresponsible misrepresentation undermines our efforts to promote a positive image of pit bulls.
We have composed a letter (penned by our very own Jen Thomas) below. If you agree with what it says - please take one minute to sign your name, copy/paste and email it over to the folks at KVUE at the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org
As always, thank you so much for your support. :)
(newly instated) Volunteer Coordinator, Love-A-Bull
Recently, you ran a news story about a dog bite that took place in Jim Hogg Park. According to the victim, the biting dog was a German Shepherd, but the only dog you showed in the report --the dog in the over-the-shoulder (OTS) graphic at the beginning of the story--was a ferocious-looking pit bull type dog.
I am writing to request that you discontinue use of this OTS graphic.
First, it perpetuates the stereotype of pit bulls--and only pit bulls--as attack dogs, which is a misleading and dangerous impression to give your viewers.
In this case, it also thwarts the efforts of authorities who are trying to find witnesses to this dog bite. Unless your viewers listen carefully for the biting dog's breed, mentioned only once near the end of the story, they will think the story was about a biting pit bull.
Please replace this stock photo. To avoid giving misimpressions about any particular breed or type of dog, please use either a non-breed-specific image of a dog's teeth, dog collar, or other canine-related items; or a medical-type image such as a bandage.