A Response To “Pitbulls Get A Bad Rep Because They’re Bad Dogs”

A Response To “Pitbulls Get A Bad Rep Because They’re Bad Dogs”

The actions of one dog does not dictate the behavior of an entire breed.

To the author of “Pit Bulls Get A Bad Rep Because They’re Bad Dogs,” I’m sorry but you’re just plain wrong. Your article is based on pure opinion and ONE personal experience with absolutely no facts to back you up.

I’m sorry you had a very bad experience in which you were severely injured, but just because you were attacked by one pit bull doesn’t mean the entire breed is aggressive and bad. Actually, they’re more tolerant than other breeds such as Chihuahuas, beagles, bulldogs, sheep dogs, Siberian Huskies, even golden retrievers, but you get the point. That’s not a matter of opinion, that’s a fact.

Don’t believe me? An entire study was done testing the temperament of different breeds of dogs. Another study also showed that the aggression Pit bulls typically exhibited was toward unfamiliar dogs, not humans. Dogs such as chihuahuas and dachshunds were more likely to exhibit aggression towards strangers and their owners, Australian Cattle Dogs towards strangers, and American cocker spaniels and beagles toward their owners. I

'm not trying to sit here and say all these other breeds of dogs are aggressive because that's just not accurate. I'm just showing that according to actual facts, pit bulls are not abnormally aggressive dogs like everyone makes them out to be.

Even though this is the truth of the matter, I know there are always anomalies. Not all pit bulls are like the dog that attacked you; I couldn’t tell you why that dog attacked you but I can tell you that isn’t the norm for pit bulls or dogs in general. Not every person you meet is a serial killer, the vast majority aren’t -- and not every pit bull you meet is going to attack you, the vast majority won’t.

You also say pit bulls were bred specifically for dog fights, and that is just plain wrong. Originally pit bulls were known as the English bull-baiting dog, dogs who were bred to be able to bite and hold large animals such as bulls and bears. This became illegal in the 1800s and that’s when some of these bull-baiting dogs were bred with smaller dogs like terriers (which created the pit bull breed) to begin dogfighting, the key word there being some. Yes, some pit bulls were bred to dogfight, but others were also bred to perform various work tasks and to be family dogs. Not every single pit bull was bred for dog fighting.

You know why I think pit bulls get such a bad rep? Because they have the ability to do so much damage. Pit bull attacks get the most attention because they’re big, powerful dogs and if they do attack you they can seriously injure or kill someone. Even though Chihuahuas are more likely to be aggressive toward humans they more than likely aren’t going to cause any serious, or lethal, damage. It’s the sad truth, and I think that’s the reason people believe pit bulls are such bad dogs. We barely ever hear about any other dog attacks in the news, we only hear about pit bulls and this causes people to think all pit bulls are aggressive and dangerous and this just isn’t the case.

Pit bulls are not a bad breed of dogs and I’m sick of people labeling them as such. The actions of one dog does not dictate the behavior of an entire breed. All dogs deserve a chance.

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30 Bee Puns To Get You Through The Day

These puns are as sweet as honey.

There are few things in life that make me happier (and/or make me want to bury my face in my hands and groan loudly) than a well timed pun. This goes double if the pun involves some my favorite insects — bees. There's nothing quite as satisfying as uttering a bee pun when no one expects it, so here is a list of the top 30 bee puns around!

Use these puns to make your grandparents laugh, impress your date, spice up your Tinder profile, make friends with a beekeeper, break the ice at your new job or make everyone in the general vicinity wish they hadn't invited you to come hang out with them. You won't bee-lieve how many of these puns you'll be pollen for! You'll bee-come an instant hit at parties! You'll bee sure to thank me later.

1. "When a bee is in your hand, what's in your eye? Beauty. Because beauty is in the eye of the bee-holder."

2. "Bee puns really sting.

3. "Who's a bee's favorite singer? Bee-yoncé."

4. "What's a happy bumblebee's blood type? Bee positive!"

5. "Bee puns aren't that great. I don't get what all the buzz is about."

6. "Wasp are you talking about?"

7. "Naughty bee children really need to beehive."

8. "What kind of bees drop things? Fumble bees!"

9. "A bee's favorite haircut is a buzz cut!"

10. "What do you call a bee that's a sore loser? A cry bay-bee!"

11. "What's a bee's favorite flower? Bee-gonias!"

12. "Why do bees get married? Because they found their honey!"

13. "That bee is talking too quietly, it must be a mumble-bee!"

14. "Bee children take the school buzz to get to school."

15. "A bee's favorite sport is rug-bee."

16. "The bees went on strike because they wanted more honey and less working flowers."

17. "On the first day of class, bee students are given a sylla-buzz."

18. "What did one bee say to the other when they landed on the same flower? Buzz off."

19. "Who's a bee's favorite painter? Pablo Bee-casso!"

20. "A bee styles their hair with a honeycomb."

21. "When a bee writes a sonnet, they're waxing poetic."

22. "The worker bee decided to take a vacation to Stingapore last year."

23. "A bee that's been put under a spell has been bee-witched!"

24. "Say, these bee puns aren't too shab-bee."

25. "That pretentious wasp is just plain snob-bee!"

26. "Why did the bee want to use the phone? To say hi to their honey."

27. "A bee's favorite novel is the Great Gats-bee."

28. "What's a bee's favorite Spice Girls song? Wanna-bee!"

29. "What do bees like with their sushi? Wasa-bee!"

30. "Remember, bee puns are good for your health, they give you a dose of Vitamin Bee!"

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If You Would Just Stop Using Plastic Straws, You Could Save The Planet

The environment truly depends on it.

Did you know? Plastic straws are really bad for the ocean. We use over 500 million every day in America, and most of those end up in our oceans, polluting the water and killing marine life. We want to encourage people to stop using plastic straws for good. If we don't act now, by the year 2050 there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish.

People have come to expect plastic straws in every drink, in an example of extreme waste being generated for minimal convenience. We use straws for around twenty minutes before we toss them away, which is an astonishingly quick lifespan for an item that will be on the planet forever. These short-lived tools are usually dropped into a garbage can with no further thought, instantly becoming a source of plastic pollution.

Why are plastic straws so bad for the environment?

Of the eight million tons of plastic trash that flow every year into the world's oceans, the plastic drinking straw is a top contributor to all that tonnage.

It can be hard to see how using one measly plastic straw is going to cause huge amounts of damage to the environment, but let me put into context for you. Recently a team of scientists in Costa Rica came across an endangered species of sea turtle with what they thought was a parasitic worm blocking its airway. They realized it was actually a plastic straw. Hours from veterinary help, the scientists successfully dislodged the straw themselves and released the turtle back into the ocean.

An estimated 71% of seabirds and 30% of turtles have been found with plastics in their stomachs. When they ingest plastic, marine life has a 50% mortality rate. What would our oceans be without marine life?

What's equally as bad, perhaps even worse is that when plastic does make it into the ocean it breaks down into smaller and smaller known as "microplastics" rather than biodegrading or dissolving, which poses great threats to marine life including fish.

You make think that you can recycle plastic straws, but that is not true.

Most plastic straws are too lightweight to make it through the mechanical recycling sorter. They drop through sorting screens and mix with other materials and are too small to separate, contaminating recycling loads or getting disposed of as garbage.

Plastic straws are made from polypropylene, which is a byproduct of petroleum, a fossil fuel that requires an incredible amount of energy and natural resources to extract and refine. Polypropylene is identifiable by the resin identification code 5 and is commonly recyclable, just often not in drinking straw format. Size is the biggest barrier to straw recycling. As plastic travels down conveyor belts while being sorted, small items like bottle caps and straws fall through the cracks and end up being sent to the landfill.

As of right now, there aren't many (if any) special straw-recycling facilities either, which means when you use a straw, you know that plastic will sit in a landfill for years to come. Most straws are used in a restaurant setting, and it's unlikely you are taking the straw home with you. That means you're relying on either the restaurant to provide a recycling solution for its straws, or your office janitorial staff if you're bringing a soda back to work.

Small and lightweight, straws often never make it into recycling bins; the evidence of this failure is clearly visible on any beach. And although straws amount to a tiny fraction of ocean plastic, their size makes them one of the most insidious polluters because they entangle marine animals and are consumed by fish.

Yes, some people need a straw! Anyone who has had a stroke has autism, MS or other life-changing physical issue needs a straw and there are different alternatives instead of a plastic straw, such as a metal straw.

What can you do?

Educating your friends and family about how silly straws truly are will help motivate them to make the switch to straw-free. I'll admit it; I've used the line "that straw could end up in a turtles nose!" more times than I can count.

It's simple. It's easy. Refuse the straw.

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