End Breed-Specific Legislation Against Pit Bulls in Ohio
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Any dog can become dangerous or violent due to a lack of training, abandonment, or even fear. Pit Bulls are not born to be dangerous dogs. They are very strong and powerful dogs, yes, but with proper guidance and training they are just your average loving pet. Many cruel people take advantage of their strengths and use them for dog fighting.
According to PETA, dog fighting can include these dogs being "kept penned or chained (often with heavy logging chains), and many are taunted and starved in order to trigger extreme survival instincts and encourage aggression... Many dogs are injected with steroids, and some dogfighters even sharpen their dogs’ teeth, cut off their ears (to prevent another dog from latching on), and add roach poison to their food so that their fur might taste bad to other dogs" (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, 2017).
Now tell me if you were chained up, beaten, and injected with steroids, would you be loving and trusting to just anyone? Probably not. Most people only know about the kinds of pit bulls that are treated like such and are so quick to assume they are all dangerous or violent. That is far from accurate. Pit bulls are loving and loyal like any other dog. They are very calm and temperament.
According to the American Temperament Test Society, "American Pit Bull Terriers, the most popular breed used in dog fights, have a very high temperament passing rate of 82.6%. Even dogs commonly thought to be kind and gentle like Bearded Collies and Chihuahuas scored lower than American Pit Bull Terriers" (2017).
Please help to stop the discrimination of these dogs and remove the ban of pit bulls in Ohio.
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