Please allow me to clarify People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals' position on pit bulls in light of Sal Grifasi's letter to the editor ("When pit bulls have more rights than humans," June 12).
PETA supports measures that protect both pit bulls and humans, including bans on breeding or acquiring new pit bulls (provided that such laws grandfather-in registered, well-cared for, spayed and neutereddogs) and strict regulations on the keeping of pit bulls. Such laws would only have a serious impact on people who are exploiting pit bulls.
Pit bulls are the most abused dogs on the planet — it's absurd to claim that they have any rights at all. Pit bulls are the breed of choice for dogfighters and thugs who beat, starve, chain and otherwise abuse them to make them frustrated, aggressive and prone to lashing out unpredictably. Pit bulls are also the No. 1 breed admitted to and euthanized in many animal shelters.
Preventing more pit bulls from being born would not only help prevent tragic attacks like the one in Greektown, it would protect pit bulls from being born into a world that holds only suffering and death for so many of them.
Pit bulls are bred for aggression, neglected, fought and abused based exclusively on their breed. Providing protections to and regulating them based on their breed is not only fair but essential.
Teresa Chagrin, Norfolk, Va.
The writer is an animal care and control specialist with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun