Halloween is National Kill a Pit Bull Day – Fiction!
Summary of eRumor:
A flier appearing on social media sites alleges that October 31 has been proclaimed National Kill a Pit Bull Day.
There is no such thing as National Kill a Pit Bull Day.
The hoax targeted a city council member from Slater, Missouri, who helped create a vicious animal ordinance that placed safety restrictions on all pet owners in the city, the Marshall Democrat-News reports.
Slater City Council Member Terry Jordan, who was named in the flier, initially supported an ordinance that would have immediately listed pit bulls as “vicious” animals. However, Jordan changed his mind about the breed after hearing expert testimony. The city council ultimately decided that a breed-specific restriction could hurt the city.
“We did change our minds,” Jordan told the newspaper. “We made a vicious dog ordinance and not a pit bull specific ordinance.”
The unidentified person who circulated the flier apparently didn’t get the memo. The eRumor sparked public outrage when it went viral on Facebook and Twitter. One concerned pit-bull advocate even started a petition on Change.org to “NOT” declare Halloween as National Kill a Pit Bull Day. The petition has more than 270 supporters.
The National Kill a Pit Bull Day hoax first surfaced in 2012 just before Halloween, and it’s likely to resurface each year as Halloween approaches.