Kenneth Phillips, whose Twitter says he is an attorney for dog bite victims at Dog Bite Law, shared a video last week that he advertised as a “Super Bowl commercial.” It urges watchers to not adopt pitbulls, and it’s drawing ample Twitter backlash from dog lovers.
“One breed killed 75 percent of the people who were mauled in 2017,” the commercial said. “Pitbulls killed 29 Americans in 2017. That’s nothing to cheer about. Do not adopt a pitbull.”
SUPER BOWL COMMERCIAL THAT SAYS "DO NOT ADOPT A PIT BULL" – Share this to help show that pit bulls are too dangerous to adopt! #DoNotAdopt, #DangerousDogs, #DogBiteLaw, #Dogs, #BSL, #BanTheBreed pic.twitter.com/ybNxkcI5M9— Kenneth M. Phillips (@DogBiteLaw) January 19, 2018
The commercial—which Phillips admits himself will not actually be aired during the Super Bowl—angered pitbull owners on Twitter. Many responded with disgust toward the video and presented the argument that pitbulls aren’t born violent, but have historically been trained to do bad things by irresponsible owners.
Police killed 987 people in 2017, so does that mean we aren’t supposed to have policemen? Don’t ever try to disrespect pit bulls like that ever again.— Mulynn (@itslynnyv) January 22, 2018
Other pitbull advocates, however, responded with the best evidence that pitbulls don’t deserve a bad reputation: photos of their doggies cuddled up with people.
Here’s my dangours pit bull with my 5 month old baby. So scary!!!! Wow! pic.twitter.com/OBqlH23faL— Marie Hamad (@marie_barone) January 21, 2018
please, let’s talk about how “dangerous” they are!!! pic.twitter.com/rC2pmIANRa— Bri ❁ (@bryannahrose) January 21, 2018
Yeah, real vicious pic.twitter.com/S81DapXhGK— Erica DeStefano (@erica_destefano) January 20, 2018
She's attacking the Starbucks save me pic.twitter.com/O7dYOHWO4J— ᴍᴀᴍᴀ ᴛᴇᴍᴘʟᴇᴍᴀɴ (@hannahhmari) January 21, 2018
Terrifying huh pic.twitter.com/lU06o9pyHd— Damion (@indecentlydecen) January 21, 2018
So scary pic.twitter.com/Y0wcMNyPuR— emily (@emilyxannm) January 21, 2018
Someone help!!!!! pic.twitter.com/zRwOFR4ynv— bran flakes (@brianne_stearns) January 21, 2018
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals describes the pitbull as “a well-socialized and well-trained” dog that is “one of the most delightful, intelligent, and gentle dogs imaginable.”