The Thinking 

Canine Discrimination

February 17, 2017


I WAS having coffee with a friend in a café last week when my friend mentioned that her son, who is in his twenties, has acquired a pit bull. The dog is a puppy and is reportedly charming and lovable.

By coincidence, at the next table, a group of young people in their twenties were at that very moment working on a related project. A nice young man perked up when he heard the mention of a pit bull and volunteered some information.

He and his friends were starting a non-profit coffee company, he said. The proceeds will go to finding homes and “companions” for abandoned pit bulls. Yes, abandoned pit bulls, of which I am sure there are many.

“We hope to put an end to breed discrimination,” he said.

I thought perhaps he was joking or that this was a live skit put on by The Onion.

But it was obvious from his earnest expression that he was not joking. He showed us on his friend’s laptop a photo of the coffee bag they were designing (they were going to be using the coffee roasted at this café.) The logo was an artistic (well, sort of) rendering of a pit bull’s face (ugh!) in rainbow colors.

“Ooh, that looks scary,” my friend unthinkingly said.

The young man seemed a little put-off. But he recovered quickly and said, “Thanks for your honest input.”

My friend obviously needs to shed some conditioning.

Well, there it is.

We live in such a strange world. Poor old people live lonely lives and children are herded into daycare kennels while the young and idealistic are devoting their attentions to a dangerous and hideously ugly animal. Oops, there I go, discriminating against pit bulls. I confess to this form of bigotry. I admit that there are probably many, many exceptions to the generalizations made about pit bulls and that some of them make great companions. I don’t care. I will not buy that coffee.

Rats and cockroaches are definitely discriminated against. How about sharks? They are victims of breed bigotry. So are snakes and spiders. Where will this end?

The concept of equality has reached a level of absurdity that is difficult to absorb.

That’s not surprising. When human beings are viewed as animals through the lens of the Darwin Hoax, animals are inevitably bestowed with human qualities, even animals that can chew your leg off or mangle your cocker spaniel. (Sorry, pit bulls.) Human beings are becoming more animal-like every day, but the truth is, animals are remaining animals, no matter how we may view them. They discriminate all the time. The foxes in my neighborhood once displayed a form of violent discrimination against our pet rabbit. And the cats frequently discriminate against chipmunks. (I wish they discriminated more against mice.) And the chipmunks show a great deal of callousness to the robins who lay their beautiful blue eggs in nests where the chipmunks can get at them. The discrimination goes on and on, all the time in the animal world. But the pit bulls, we are told, must be loved.

Please don’t write to me in defense of pit bulls. I agree many are probably nice creatures. I would rather hold on to my own form of committed obsolescence, and talk about other things. I would rather be thoroughly medieval and believe that it’s okay if a pit bull — and even the cutest Irish Setter or beagle — lives a life of loneliness. I will save my tears for others — or not cry at all.

— Comments —

Some further discussion here.

Matt writes:

Why so many abandoned pit bulls? It’s because they are favored by black thugs who are no better able to care for a dog than they are for their own bastards. They get the animal, parade around for a few days feeling tough and then let it run loose when they discover keeping a dog actually requires a small degree of responsibility.

From the feral denizens of our urban dead zones we expect little better. But what makes this phenomenon so truly emblematic of the cultural pathologies that characterize our times is the way mis-educated white fools with beards and black plastic glasses reflexively rush in with their poop-scoops to clean up the mess the feral blacks have left. They then have the gall to top it all off by smarmily imputing “racism” to anyone who thinks a cocker spaniel makes a better pet than a vicious fighting dog.

Laura writes:

But in general animal rights have become an obsession.

See the ongoing series by Prof. Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira.

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