Petside Digest: Breedism, New Study Earmark Animal News This WeekPublished February 10, 2012
We'll start this week's Digest off with a bit of unsettling news. Earlier this week, news broke that McDonald's was forced to pull a local radio ad that was deemed insensitive to pit bulls. The ad, which aired in local Kansas markets, jokingly stated that eating their new line of "Chicken McBites" was probably safer than petting a stray pit bull. The ad was not funny, and only contributed to the media hysteria already surrounding the breed.
The ad evoked powerful emotions from animal lovers all over, including one of Petside's bloggers, who crafted her own open letter combating breedism and unfair breed specific bans.
What are your thoughts on the McDonald's pit bull controversy? Share them in a comment.
New Study Says Dogs Understand Us Best: Vet Street
A new study confirmed what most dog lovers probably already thought: that man's best friend understands man best.
In a study conducted in Germany, researchers sought to determine whether dogs or chimpanzees, the animal which most closely resembles humans, understood the human behavior of imperative pointing (pointing to an object with the intention of having it brought to them) best. Surprisingly to some (but not dog owners), dogs passed this test with flying colors. The chimps failed it.
Rock on, man's best friend!
Find Your Furry Valentine: Petside
Forget e-harmony or Match.com; who needs people for Valentine's Day when we can have pets! A new service from the ASPCA seeks to better match adoptable pets with potential owners this Valentine's Day. Check out our article for the full story!
Can Treating Cancer in Dogs Help Humans?: ABC News
A new article from ABC News suggests that our canine friends are helping us out even more than we thought.
According to the report, cancer research conducted on dogs is providing new insight into potential cancer treatments for humans. Check out their story for the full details, which are truly fascinating!
Adoptable Pet of the Week: Anne May
Anne May (pictured above) is an adorable Pit Bull Terrier hailing from the New Rochelle area in New York. She's spayed, up to date on all of her routine shots and already house trained. Her gentle personality make her a great fir for any home! End breedism, and take Anne May home if you can--she's quite a catch!