I'll admit PETA is a bit of a quandary for us. It's not like many adults take them seriously, and they freely admit that they'll do anything for free press, which means talking about them is playing right into their hands. If it weren't for their incessant and downright creepy attempts at converting children into veganism, or statements that are so backward or harmful that they simply have to be addressed, we probably wouldn't mention them at all.
Unfortunately, when they say stuff like this, in praise of shelters that don't adopt out pit bulls, it falls under the "must address" category:
"Nice" families rarely visit shelters in search of pit bulls, and pit bulls from unknown backgrounds don't always make good family additions.
OK PETA, if you'll forgive me for taking precious moments away from your euthanasia parade, I'm afraid I must question this "rarity of niceness" you speak of. Because I happen to know more "nice" individuals and families who raise, love, and rescue pit bulls than I can count -- several of whom actively sought their companions through shelters. And these people aren't thugs. They aren't involved in dog fighting. These are happy, normal families who have chosen to share their lives with the type of dog they are drawn to. And they aren't rare.
There are indeed jerks and criminals who seek out pit bulls because they want to make a mean, tough-looking dog or because they are into dog fighting, and keeping them from getting ahold of and abusing these dogs can be a real challenge. But guess what? This is something anybody who has been involved with pit bull-type dogs for more than seven seconds is acutely aware of -- and something they usually (but unfortunately, not always) take great pains to avoid.
It is also true that "pit bulls from unknown backgrounds don't always make good family additions," but of course this can be said of any dog. This is why it is important to do your homework, be realistic, and have a care strategy in place before bringing a new dog into your home. Trying to live with a Collie in a studio apartment or inflicting a sedentary lifestyle upon an 18 month-old lab is likely to drive all parties insane... just as any large dog -- regardless of breed -- has the ability to cause far more physical trauma than, say, a Pug. Really, this should be common sense. Shouldn't it?
Oh, but if that were only all she wrote:
Bans on breeding or acquiring new pit bulls (provided that such laws grandfather-in registered, well-cared for, spayed and neutered dogs) protect pit bulls from horrendous suffering by helping to prevent them from ending up in the hands of cruel people.
And now passengers, if you look out the window to your right, you can see PETA-ville: That wacky world where killing is a kindness, and breed-based genocide deliverance from suffering.
You know, I've heard countless arguments against pit bulls and pit bull ownership, and while many favor policies which, upon logical examination, reveal a world in which pit bulls are extinct, it is unusual to hear the true endgame pontificated upon so openly. So from that standpoint, I suppose I can offer up some faint praise for the honesty -- even if the philosophy behind it is beyond redemption.