Letters: Who killed Daxton Borchardt?

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  September 2013: (Actually published on October 8,  2013)

  • Six months ago today,  on March 6,  2013 in Darien,  Wisconsin,   pro-pit bull organizations whose lobbyists are backed by millions of dollars killed my son.
  • Six months ago today,  the Best Friends Animal Society,  that claims pit bulls are “just like any other dogs,”  killed my son. 
  • Six months ago today,  the National Canine Research Council,  Animal Farm Foundation,  BADRAP,  and Pit Bulletin Legal News Network, among others,  killed my son.
  • Six months ago today,  the American SPCA,  which admits the dog-aggressive heritage of the breed,  but holds to the false claim that pit bulls were once “nursemaid” dogs,  killed my son.
  • Six months ago today,  television shows such as “Pit Bosses,” “Pit Bulls & Parolees,”  and “The Dog Whisperer” that keep pushing the lie “It’s not the breed,  it’s how you raise them,”  killed my son.
  • Six months ago today,  the people at the Humane Society of the U.S. who tell us that responsible ownership is all it takes for a dog to be safe,  killed my son.
  • Six months ago today,  the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention,  which dropped the pit bull issue in 1998,  made my son the 211th American killed by a pit bull and the 358th in recorded history.
  • Six months ago today,  the American Veterinary Medical Association message that “The owner’s behavior is the underlying causal factor,” killed my son.
  • Six months ago today,  the myth that pit bulls were ever a “nanny dog” killed my son.
  • Six months ago today,  the phrase “All dogs bite” killed my son.
  • Six months ago today,  parents who post photos of their pit bulls and children on Facebook killed my son.
  • Six months ago today,  my son was killed by the truth not being told to the American public.
  • Six months ago today,  we were duped by the myths,  misinformation,  and lies that took the life of 14-month-old Daxton James Borchardt.

All of the people and organizations that I just mentioned are as responsible for the death of my son as the pit bulls who turned “dead game,” holding and shaking Dax in a sustained 15-minute attack that ripped his face off and crushed his skull. The truth not being told killed my son six months ago today. ––Jeff Borchardt East Troy,  Wisconsin

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