The McDonald's pitbull ad really put a spotlight on the unfair reputation that pitbulls and bully breeds have gotten over the years. However, while McDonald's tried to demonize pits, people have turned around and are now demonizing the fast food chain's chicken nuggets.
Pitbulls are loving, loyal, and sweet dogs if owned by the right person or people. They give affection, are easily trained and are extremely intelligent. For McDonald's to come out and say that petting one is "unsafe" is insane and heartbreaking. Ultimately, the dogs will suffer even more than they already do because of some mindless PR person who was trying to spin the negative publicity McDonald's got for using "pink slime" in their nuggets.
Well, it didn't work, because now McDonald's is getting even more negative publicity and people are talking more about the cancer-causing foods that the fast food giant sells at cheap prices.
If you don't already know what is in a chicken nugget, then here is a quick tutorial :
According to the Handbook of Food Additives, dimethylpolysiloxene is a suspected carcinogen and an established mutagen, tumorigen, and reproductive effector; it's also flammable.
But perhaps the most alarming ingredient in a Chicken McNugget is tertiary butylhydroquinone, or TBHQ, an antioxidant derived from petroleum that is either sprayed directly on the nugget or the inside of the box it comes in to "help preserve freshness." According to A Consumer's Dictionary of Food Additives, TBHQ is a form of butane (i.e. lighter fluid) the FDA allows processors to use sparingly in our food: It can comprise no more than 0.02 percent of the oil in a nugget. Which is probably just as well, considering that ingesting a single gram of TBHQ can cause "nausea, vomiting, ringing in the ears, delirium, a sense of suffocation, and collapse." Ingesting five grams of TBHQ can kill.
Would you want to eat a chicken nugget after reading that?
Pitbull owners are voicing their opinion also about the safety of McDonald's food.
"The truth? We wouldn't even let our dogs eat their cancer-causing nuggets," said Dolly's Foundation, a pitbull rescue group. "Our dogs get human-grade food, which is more than I can say for the processed, cancer-causing, ammonia-riddled crap they try and pass as food."
See, the issue with McDonald's pitbull ad is that they obviously were unaware of how many people love, respect, and own pitbulls. Those owners will not be eating at McDonald's and they'll be telling their friends to do the same. So, by putting out this pitbull ad they have actually hurt their business even more.
At the end of the day, pitbulls are safe to pet and chicken nuggets are not safe to eat. When McDonald's put out their offensive pitbull ad they probably weren't thinking they would have such a quick response from dog owners, but it just goes to show how many people know that pitbulls make great pets.
So, if you see a pitbull in a shelter, don't pass he or she by just because of their breed. Give them a chance to show you just how much love they can give. You really won't be sorry that you gave them the chance they desperately need!