Beyond the Myth

Beyond the Myth

The Truth About Pit Bulls

Streaming Video - 2010
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Beyond the Myth is a film about pit bulls and those who love and defend the breed. It explores the contributing factors behind the public's generalized fear of pit bulls and examines the conflict existing between advocates and opponents of Breed Specific Legislation (BSL).
Publisher: [United States] : Screen Media Films : Made available through hoopla, 2010
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 video file (ca. 92 min.)) : sd., col
Alternative Title: Truth about Pit Bulls

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beardieowner19
Jul 13, 2015

A very well done documentary that tries to explain that it should be about education not discrimination. It's not the dog -it's the owner.

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Jsmackenator
May 12, 2015

I think its a good documentary to watch to be informed about the current state of discriminatory dog laws. Some people are going to just write pitbulls off thoughtlessly. They will say that they are all dangerous and should all be put down. But hey, some people will say that about black people, Mexicans, Asians, etc too. Its ridiculous to discriminate against an entire breed because some humans have trained them to be dangerous. I am glad to know about Denver, Cincinnati and Miami. Places I will never live.

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jocasey
Jun 09, 2014

Of course if you love dogs this is a great documentary for getting the word out. (And I am not a pittie owner. However, I was bit by a dog as a child, on the lip - it was a beagle and I've NEVER hated beagles or any dogs at all, or been scared of them). But this is an IMPORTANT documentary for at least 2 other reasons. 1) Breed Specific Laws - this is dangerous ground; like the poem : ""First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a Socialist..... Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me."" ... to me BSL border Nazi behavior and is too scary to think about! 2) The importance of media in the fear of the public of certain dogs (and other issues) = Pit Bulls were much more likely to be ID'd by 'breed' name than other dog attacks; those attacks were just 'dog' and that makes a big difference on how the dog is viewed and punished - the pits were put down, the others usually were confined for a time... I think the media is a HUGE issue for a college town with a Journalism School.

berdos Sep 02, 2013

Reynold,
I would really like to know if your first hand experience was with a poorly trained, mistreated pit. Any dog can have unpredictable actions. Unfortunately you got a pitbull. Dont judge an entire breed on one. Just like judging a race, its not fair

starscreeam Sep 02, 2013

There are no unpredictable actions. People choose to not learn and recognize a dog's body language and see when an animal is uncomfortable, afraid and trying to warn you off, nor do they teach their children to respect their pets. Any animal with teeth will bite if afraid or hurt. Big dog bites a serious, but don't think that your purse dogs can't do damage, nor breeds that are assumed to be friendly. Ask the parents of the child killed by a Pomeranian or the French woman who lost her face to a Lab. Treat your dogs with respect and kindness and you'll get it back tenfold. This movie will educate you if you let it.

oquequefoi Aug 31, 2013

My uncle and aunt had a female Pit Bull many years ago; Alpha was her name. She was a huge dog, but the gentlest of things. She didn't realize she was enormous and when I was visiting, she'd come and sit her derriere right on top of my feet, lol! She was a guard dog, no question, but if you were inside the walled premises, she would act like a puppy. I think it all depends on how an animal is raised. My neighbors had a Greyhound; he didn't know even how to go up or down the stairs! But that is because he was a race dog and was never taught to interact with humans. A friend of mine had a very large Doberman who used to eat with the kitties!

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Reynold
Feb 19, 2013

This movie is misleading. From personal first hand experience I can attest to their unpredictable violent actions.

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Boosterl16
Jan 21, 2013

I recommend everybody see this movie. NO dog breed should ever be eradicated.

JCLHelenH Jan 03, 2013

Of course I loved this documentary, as I already oppose breed specific banning. It would be interesting to know if the film changed the mind of one in favor of such legislation.

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mansourki
Dec 10, 2012

A very moving film that shows us how the media plays into creating fear of these dogs. Makes you worried that they could be coming for your breed of dog next based not on fact but on falsehoods. A must see.

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