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McDonald’s Angers Dog Lovers With Radio Ad

Is petting a pit bull really riskier than eating McDonald’s food?

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McDonald’s has raised the hackles of a lot of dog owners with a new ad in which they suggest that eating McDonald’s food is less risky than petting a pit bull. The ad lists a lot of things that are supposedly riskier than eating at McDonald’s, including “shaving your head just to see how it looks” and “giving your friends your Facebook password,” and “naming your son Sue.” In comparison to such things, eating at McDonald’s “is about a zero on the old risk-er scale.”

The ad, which is embedded below, has angered dog lovers. They contend that the ad propagates the consistently negative – and false – image the pit bull has in many people’s minds. Pit bulls, they point out, are excellent dogs when properly raised, and that the kind of upbringing that produces the stereotypical vicious pit bull would make any dog vicious, regardless of breed. Take a look at the ad, and see what you think:

Now, to be fair, the ad does specify a stray pit bull, which absolutely something should be approached with caution. Of course, any stray animal should be approached with caution, which brings us right back to the ad singling out pit bulls as especially vicious. Besides, given the nutritional value of McDonald’s food, there’s plenty of room for debate on whether you’re safer petting a stray dog or eating at McDonald’s.

What do you think? Is McDonald’s being unfair to pit bulls, or are the people who take offense at the ad being overly sensitive? Sound off in the comments.

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  • Justin

    I’m more offended by how McDonalds is trying to act like their food is risk free. There’s more important things going on than being offended that people think Pitbulls are dangerous when in fact even well raised ones can kill an innocent child. Much more important things. Like say your fellow man eating at McDonalds. People just have no idea what priorities are… And I’m a great lover of animals myself but for crying out loud how about being even half as concerned for your fellow man?

    • Brad Hudson

      I’ll take my chances with the stray Pit over eating at Micky D’s…..

    • Brad Hudson

      I’ll take my chances with the stray Pit over eating at Micky D’s…..

  • robin

    Yeah well I have heard many horror stories in the news and 2 horror stories just from some people i know personally that owned pit bulls. Sugar coat it all you like they are what they are.

    • http://celiasue.wordpress.com CeliaSue Hecht

      http://www.pickthepit.com/

      http://vimeo.com/36256114

      Pit bulls are the sweetest dogs on the planet. I bet you have never met one nor could pick one out of the lineup above.

      • http://yahoo.com jimmy morris

        And i have some cheap ocean front property for sale in Phoenix!

    • http://yahoo.com jimmy morris

      Simply put, THEY SNAP!

  • joe

    McDonalds should worry more about there food, then making an image worse for a breed.

  • MARTHA

    Que decepcion mc.donalds no an oido que “QUIEN NO QUIERE A LOS ANIMALES NO QUIERE a NADIE”esto me hace pensar en:como trataran realmente a los ninos el tan famoso ronald mc.donalds,hay mc donalds que lastima por ti ahora dejas mucho que desear y poco que ofrecer para muchiiisiima gente, por mi parte y la de mi familia:NO A mc donalds y SI A BURGUER KING mis hijos y mi PIT BULL agradeceran en acertado cambio, ADIOS miki d.

    • MARTHA

      y cuando contraten a un publicista no solo chequeen sus credenciales chequeen su CEREBRO es de IGNORANTES hacer juicio de lo que no conocen; o es que acaso el padre que cria a su hijo ladron no sera ladron cuando crezca? gente como ustedes OBVIAMENTE aparte de NO QUERER A LOS ANIMALES son IGNORANTES ya que el PIT BULL sera agresivo si asi lo criany por si no lo sabian (me imagino que no)el PIT BULL ES 85% mas confiable que el golden retriver INFORMENSE la proxima para que no pasen una verguenza y rechazo como en este caso

    • MARTHA

      Cuando contraten a un publicista revisen primero su cerebro antes q sus credenciales ya que es OBVIO que tanto ustedes md y el o ellos son IGNORANTES del FACT de un PIT BULL,es vergonzoso comentar de algo que NO SE SABE y eso le a pasado a ustedes. 1 de los facts del PIT BULL es que es 80% mas fiel que el Golden Retriver y lo mas asombroso es que le encantan los niños.INFORMENSE ante de ….

      • http://yahoo.com jimmy morris

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sEJfS1v-fU0

  • http://celiasue.wordpress.com CeliaSue Hecht

    I will take my chances with my pit bull (which is not a breed but a bunch of breeds) and most people could not pick one out nor have met one. My girl licks me and everyone, that is the biggest danger LOL… because pit bulls were bred to be super people friendly.

    http://www.pickthepit.com/

    A young girl is dying from eating only chicken nuggets… A diet based solely on chicken nuggets and fries has dangerous amounts of fat and salt. It also contains few vitamins and other nutrients ,,,

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2092071/Stacey-Irvine-17-collapses-eating-McDonalds-chicken-nuggets-age-2.html#socialLinks

    Last November, McDonald’s was forced to drop one of their biggest egg suppliers, Sparboe Egg Farms, when undercover video, shown on ABC’s 20/20, revealed the horrors that are a routine part of that facility. And this followed hard on the heels of another undercover video, this time from the Humane Society of the United States, showing the wanton abuse of pigs at the huge Smithfield Foods factory that supplies McDonalds for its McRib – a sandwich that, according to Time magazine, also includes an additive that’s banned in Europe and Australia and is “most commonly used in the manufacture of foamed plastics like gym mats and the soles of shoes.”

    Eight of the former Michael Vick dogs have become therapy dogs and many are living in loving homes with other dogs, kids and cats.

    Millions of innocent pit bull dogs are killed, abused and banned because of heinous discrimination and negative stereotyping like this ad. McD’s has a known history of discrimination against pit bull type dogs. A certified pit bull therapy dog in Florida was to work with children at a Ronald McDonald House but was refused/canceled because the dog was a pit bull. There are numerous other instances.

    McD’s promo was up Feb. 5, anyway, their apology insincere. Why don’t they offer REAL FOOD instead of pink goo slime?

    Hundreds of people sent photos of their dogs to speak out and show the world how wonderful pit bull type dogs really are.

    America’s bark off to McD’s…

    http://vimeo.com/36256114

  • http://yahoo.com jimmy morris

    That ad is just plain stupid!

  • http://www.webpronews.com/mcdonald Dcr

    They say the same crap about rotties, mine was loving until the day she passed, there’s no such thing as a bad pet, however there’s such a thing as a bad pet owner, i often wondered ho a pet could be trained to be so aggressive, i found my answer as i started taking walks around my neighborhood, this one man had a sawdust body with a rope tied around its neck hung from the tree and he would command his dogs to attack on a daily basis, yelling and screaming at them, when one would walk past the dogs would aggressively bark and go at the gate trying to get at you finally i’d seen enough and reported him, apparently someone felt this as did i this was a form of animal cruelty, because the dogs were taken, and the form removed from the tree.