Halloween hoax: Your pit bull and other pets are not targeted

Snopes.com has the debunk of this latest Internet hoax that preys on people’s fears of Halloween and cruel people.

snopes.com: Kill a Pit Bull Day

An announcement supposedly by a Missouri city councilman called for the killing of pit bulls on Halloween.

But it’s a fake.

Here is the local news report: Slater mayor urges social media users to stop targeting councilman

During the Slater City Council meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 18, Mayor Stephen Allegri had a strong message for anonymous callers and Internet posters who have incorrectly attributed a social media post to city councilman Terry Jordan.

“Our Terry has been inundated and the city has been inundated with threats and calls,” he said. “Well, Terry didn’t do this.”

Jordan has been at the center of an Internet storm since a video and statement encouraging a “kill pit bull” day were posted on YouTube three days ago by someone using the same name.

“People have threatened his life and they have threatened his family,” Allegri said.

The councilman received many angry phone calls. But the local police doesn’t think the hoax will actually inspire violence against pit bulls. He noted, “If if that’s something they’re going to do, I don’t think they need a day.”

Regardless, there have been many false rumors that animals, particularly black ones, are at risk on Halloween for Satanic sacrifices.

There are likely cases of animal cruelty that occur at this time mainly by sick people who think it would be appropriate to fulfill the rumor. But the more serious danger to your pet is the stress from all the people ringing the doorbell and coming to visit. Or, that they get into the candy stash. Be vigilant but don’t be paranoid.

  4 comments for “Halloween hoax: Your pit bull and other pets are not targeted

  1. September 28, 2012 at 12:30 PM

    Animal sacrifice is specifically and repeatedly forbidden in The Satanic Bible. For a religion that doesn’t have too many hard and fast rules, Anton LaVey was very clear about not harming animals unless you are attacked or it’s for food.

    Like the Snopes article mentions, I have heard from people who work in our local humane society that the only danger to black cats this time of year is from Martha Stewart wanna-bes who think animals are disposable arts and crafts materials.

  2. Stephanie
    September 29, 2012 at 12:30 AM

    Molly,do you mean cats are actually being injured by stupid costumes? I would think that the humans doing the dressing would be in greater danger. Unless you mean that people tend to adopt black kittens this time of year on a whim and then return them when they get bored. I think it’s more likely that they’re giving the kittens to their kids as pets, like colored easter chicks, rather than using them as “arts and crafts materials”. At least I really, really hope that’s the case.

  3. October 1, 2012 at 12:45 PM

    I mean that they want to use the cats as props, the way they would use some gourds or hay bales. Then after Halloween they just return them to the humane society, dump them at a farm, or leave them outside to become strays.

    Humane Societies across the country have to do special promotions to help get black cats adopted! They are statistically the “least adoptable” color. Our HS offers 50% off adoption fees for black cats every Friday to help them find homes.


  4. Eve
    October 1, 2012 at 2:04 PM

    I volunteered for several years with a no-kill rescue group that refused to adopt out black cats around Halloween. As I recall, they even removed the black cats from PetSmart/Petco adoption centers. Ours was not the only shelter to do so. I thought that it was kind of a dumb idea, as I knew that there was little evidence that people go to the trouble and expense of adopting a black cat only to sacrifice or hurt it. It was especially unfortunate because, as Molly says, all-black cats are the least likely to be adopted. The belief was entrenched, though, and I knew that nothing I could say would change it. There were also some odd ideas about “all-natural” foods and cat litter.

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