I have a challenge for anybody who is even vaguely interested in this discussion.
Look up the adoptable dogs at your local animal shelter.
Please don't cheat and use "Wendy's Wonderful Weimaraner Wescue," that's unfair. Go to your Takes-in-Anybody, tax payer funded animal shelter.
Look at only the adoptable dogs, available today. This eliminates all dogs that would be held back as dangerous, which should level the playing field.
Write down the name of your shelter
Write down the total amount of adoptable dogs.
Write down the total amount of adoptable pit bulls and pit mixes.
Write down the total amount of adoptable chihuahuas and chihuahua mixes.
Write down the total amount of the breed and breed mixes you choose to profile today. I chose Golden Retrievers, because I'm still laughing over that one.
Send them to me - firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll post the list tomorrow.
If you want to figure your own percentages, go ahead, if not, I'll do it. I just need numbers.
C'mon. Both sides of the chasm can participate here. Then we can talk about what it means.
Here's the results of my quick, yet accurate, check of our local animal shelter, The Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region, in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
9 of the 44 dogs available for adoption TODAY are pit bulls or pit bull mixes.
20.45 % of ALL available dogs.
8 of the 44 dogs were chihuahuas or chihuahua mixes.
18.8 % of ALL available dogs.
0 of the 44 dogs were Golden Retrievers or Golden Retriever mixes.
0% of ALL available dogs.