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DEFRA Minister: Save innocent sweet pitbulls!

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"For most of the 114 years since the American pitbull terrier was first recognized by the United Kennel Club (United states of America), the breed was rightly seen as the perfect “nanny dog” for children because of its friendly nature, loyalty and stability. And the ASPCA (American society for the prevention of cruelty to animals) notes, the pitbulls were “once considered especially non-aggressive to people.” Quote Joshua Holland

These beautiful gentle dogs are being wrongfully victimised by the current UK legislation and unjustly being exterminated and irradicated because of public fear and prejudice! Pitbulls dogs are being unfairly tarnished by the same brush because certain irresponsible thug like teenager owners, who use dogs of the pitbull family as status dogs

A dog does not choose it´s owner! These animals have a right to live and we must protect them with carefully written legislation where owners should be specially licensed!

As Cesar Millan quotes "In the 70´s they blamed Dobermans, in the 80´s they blamed German shepherds, in the 90´s they blamed the Rotweiler, now they blame the pitbull. When will they blame humans?

 What is aggression?


Generally speaking, all dogs are, by definition, territorial predators. All dogs are “naturally aggressive” to some extent, as it is through “aggressive” behaviors like fighting, defending, hunting, guarding, barking, biting, and posturing that dogs’ predecessors survived. These behaviors are also the reason why humans domesticated dogs in the first place. Dogs have long been bred and used for hunting, protection, fighting, and guarding. Thus, aggression is a natural component of all dogs’ behavior.

However, it is important to stress that aggression is not a state of being or a temperament (which would be solely affected by genetics). Aggression is a behavior. Behavior is the product of both genetics and environment (the way a dog is or is not raised and trained, and the circumstances a dog is put in by its owner). Therefore, a dog’s breed alone does not and can not shape behavior. Socialization, training, management, and proper care–or lack thereof–can have a strong influence on a dog’s behavior. Because a dog’s owner determines the situations a dog faces, the dog’s owner has total control over whether a dog has the opportunity or the inclination to exhibit aggression.

It is also important to differentiate between different types of aggression. Aggression is a complex behavior that has many different causes and manifests in a variety of ways. Aggression does not necessarily equal danger to the public. Dogs are predators, and many will kill “prey” such as birds, cats, and rodents. This type of aggression does not automatically translate to aggression toward humans (including babies and children), though the media is filled with quotes from fearful citizens saying “It was a cat this time, but it could have been my grandbaby!” Many dogs are protective of their food or toys; this does not mean they are also prey-aggressive or human-aggressive.

The behaviour of a dogs is the product of both genetic and environment (the way a dog is or is not raised and trained, and the circumstances a dog is put in by it´s owner. Therefore a dogs breed alone does not and cannot share behaviour. Socialization, training and mangement and proper care and lack of care, can have a strong influence on it´s behaviour. Dogs are predators and many will kill prey such as birds, cats and rodents. This behaviour does not automatically translate to human.

 

 Behavior is the product of both genetics and environment (the way a dog is or is not raised and trained, and the circumstances a dog is put in by its owner). Therefore, a dog’s breed alone does not and can not shape behavior. Socialization, training, management, and proper care–or lack thereof–can have a strong influence on a dog’s behavior. Because a dog’s owner determines the situations a dog faces, the dog’s owner has total control over whether a dog has the opportunity or the inclination to exhibit aggression.

 Aggression is a behavior. Behavior is the product of both genetics and environment (the way a dog is or is not raised and trained, and the circumstances a dog is put in by its owner). Therefore, a dog’s breed alone does not and can not shape behavior. Socialization, training, management, and proper care–or lack thereof–can have a strong influence on a dog’s behavior. Because a dog’s owner determines the situations a dog faces, the dog’s owner has total control over whether a dog has the opportunity or the inclination to exhibit aggression.
It is also important to differentiate between different types of aggression. Aggression is a complex behavior that has many different causes and manifests in a variety of ways. Aggression does not necessarily equal danger to the public. Dogs are predators, and many will kill “prey” such as birds, cats, and rodents. This type of aggression does not automatically translate to aggression toward humans (including babies and children), though the media is filled with quotes from fearful citizens saying “It was a cat this time, but it could have been my grandbaby!” Many dogs are protective of their food or toys; this does not mean they are also prey-aggressive or human-aggressive.

I would like to forward a proposal to Mr David Heath, Minister for Environmental and Rural affairs for new and revised legislation where licensing and careful regulations are implemented

If regultations must be set in place for dog owners of strong atheletic type dogs must followed, where responsibilty would be taken on board for the wellbeing and training of all dogs. Under a special licience, dog owners would be interviewed by a local governing police body, which could also include a psychological test and written agreement of terms abidence. An age limit could be set of a minimum of 24 years old.

Specialised fenced areas should also be available in parks where dogs can freely socialise, play and run with other dogs. 

The UK authorities are currently holding thousands of helpless pitbull like dogs in undesirable compounds in secret locations where their loving famlies are forbidden to even pay them visits! This is outragoues injustice to innocent wrongfully portrayed animals! 



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