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Sarah Palin - Not My Pit Bull

Andy Borowitz laughs as we claim great name, Announcing— the “Real” Pit Bull Anti-Defamation League

By Randi Bildner

So, now Sarah Palin would like us to compare her to a pit bull. Perhaps the most insulting aspect of her attempt to assume this moniker is the total lack of respect it shows for the intelligence of the American public.

Now please understand, the people who come up with these "clever" little nick-names for the candidates are well educated folks, supposedly informed, and (I think I can go out on a limb and comfortably say,) make a lot of money. Wouldn't you think they would know better? I guess not.

Possibly after being shut down by the rock duo Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart, (for unauthorized use of their song “Barracuda”) — the Palin camp felt it was time to move on to yet another critter that we could connect with the governor.

I must say it is interesting that "team Palin" continues to reference animals- trying ever so hard to link them to the McCain-Palin campaign. Have they NOT noticed that the entire animal community is up in arms with regard to her dangerous record, one that clearly shows her lack of reverence toward wildlife and their issues? Just what are they thinking? Unfortunately, they are thinking we simply wouldn’t notice. But guess what —they're wrong. Such is the case for the satirical piece written by Andy Borowitz—we noticed this too.

Palin’s “Animal du Jour”— The Pit Bull

Serious business taken lightly…

Andy Borowitz, satirist and author of the book The Republican Playbook, States, “Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin famously compared herself to a pit bull in her vice presidential acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention. Saying Palin’s comment, "the only difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull was lipstick," enraged ‘The Pit Bull Anti-Defamation League,’ a powerful association who monitors the portrayal of pit bulls in the media.” Borowitz continued, stating that Palin’s remark caused the groups executive director Carol Foyler’s jaw to drop.

Borowitz’s comments have appeared in newspapers throughout the country and have been popping up all over the internet. The Bully Beat cannot find any reference to the actual existence of “The Pit Bull Anti-Defamation League” as an entity unto itself — or its supposed executive director ‘Carol Foyler,’ (Foyler is apparently the satirist’s resident all purpose spokesperson, emerging in different incarnations throughout his material.) In one such article the popular Ms. Foyler turns up using her expertise (this time) as a member of the “Committee on Exploratory Committees.” Funny stuff, but not when it comes to our dogs.

Mr. Borowitz’s words may have been in jest—but they struck deep within the heart of the pit bull community. His statement, "With Senators Barack Obama, D-Ill., and John McCain, R-Ariz., fighting for every last vote a coveted voting bloc like pit bull owners could very well decide the 2008 election, political insiders believe,” may have been intended as a joke but has proven to be helpful to pit bull advocates.

Borowitz’s “funny” commentary did something it never intended to do; it put voters who also happen to be pit bull guardians in the limelight.

Although I cannot designate an executive director, I can say yes, there is an existing “Pit Bull Anti-Defamation league”— but not the one Borowitz refers to. “The Pit Bull Anti-Defamation League,” is made up of you and I, average “pit bull people” who watch the media with a keen eye and will continue to do so as long as there is a need.

So, thank you Andy Borowitz and thank you Sarah Palin, for putting us in the spotlight, we couldn’t have done it without you!

Given her consistently abysmal record on animals and the environment (see links below) one would think that Sarah Palin would show the intelligence of … let’s say a pit bull, and do everything she can to distance herself from animal related references. But once again as politicians often do, she is counting on ignorance.

Sorry Governor Palin, not this time, for here you are dealing with the reality of the pit bull community, our major collective trait —fierce loyalty.

The utter disregard for the power of the written as well as the spoken word is appalling but surprisingly good news for pit bulls and other animal people. Now WE get the chance to speak and this time— the truth will be told.


A Summary of Alaska and the State of Its Animals

“State Puts a Bounty on Wolves,” written by Alex De Marban for the Anchorage Daily News- published March 21, 2007
Please read:

Aerial Hunting: Wings of Death
HSUS reports
August 14, 2008
Please read:

Alaska to sue to block polar bear listing
Thu May 22, 2008
By Yereth Rosen
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Additional information documenting Governor Palin’s voting record:

A Summary of Alaska’s Animal Laws- not so warm and fuzzy
From the Animal Legal and Historical Center provided by Michigan State University, (Alaska’s Statutes and Laws)

A special thanks to Andy Borowitz for his help in naming our group - the devoted pit bull guardians of the world, for we are the newly designated “Pit Bull Anti-Defamation League.”


States that prohibit breed specific legislation: 

California, Illinois, Maine, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas and Washington. 

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