The Pitbull Ban Needs To Stop

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The Pitbull Ban Needs To Stop

The Pitbull is a breed of dog that has a bad rap these days.  Pitbulls aren’t specifically one breed of dog, they’re a mix of Staffordshire Terriers, American Pitbull Terrier, American bullies, American Staffordshire Terriers, and sometimes American Bulldogs and Bull Terriers.  When they first came to the Americas, the immigrants brought them to be part of their families. They were used for a variety of jobs including farming, protecting the family from predators, watching the children, and providing companionship.  The question that we ask ourselves is… Are Pitbulls vicious and should they really be ban? Pitbulls aren’t vicious dogs because it depends on the owner of the dog, they use to be called the nanny dog for kids, and any dog could be vicious.

Pitbulls shouldn’t be banned anymore and they’re not vicious dogs because it depends on the owner who is raising them.  Sometimes people don’t buy them as pets, unfortunately, they buy them to be fighting dogs. They put them in a ring with another dog and they fight.  While they’re in this ring people bet on them with money. It’s a brutal thing to do. It’s actually a felony offense in all 50 states, but people still do it.  According to the ASPCA, “Major dogfight raids have resulted [in making] more than $500,000, and it is not usual for $20,000-$30,000 to change hands in a single fight”(ASPCA).  In a single fight a person could bet and make up to $30,000. Major dog fights can make more than $500,000. Fighting dogs are trained and raised to fight others. Also, their living environment is horrible.  According to the ASPCA, “Fighting dogs must be kept in isolated from other dogs, so they spend most of their time on short, heavy chains, often just out of reach of other dogs”(ASPCA). These dogs are kept in horrific conditions.  They’re outside all the time with short and heavy chains. Also, they don't socialize with other dogs or even people. They are also given legal and illegal drugs into them to make them muscular. The ASPCA states, “Make use of a variety of legal and illegal drugs, including anabolic steroids to enhance muscle mass and encourage aggressiveness.  Narcotic drugs may also be used to increase the dogs’ aggression, increase reactivity and mask pain or fear during to the fight”(ASPCA). The owners give the dogs drugs to make them look stronger and more aggressive than they actually are. This gives the dogs fear in the ring and pain. Fighting dogs usually have their tails docked and even ears cropped. That's another reason that makes them looks agressive.  In the fighting ring, Both of the dogs will get severely hurt or even die. According to this quote, “Both animals may suffer injuries, including puncture wounds, lacerations, blood loss, crushing injuries, and broken bones”(ASPCA). Pitbulls in the fighting ring may suffer from serious injuries and even get killed. Pitbulls that are fighting dogs aren’t kept in a good environment. Their usually outside with huge chains on their neck, and their not trained right.  That’s why Pitbulls aren’t vicious dogs because it depends on their owners that are training them right. Every dog needs control and they need to socialize with dogs and even humans.

Another reason Pitbulls aren’t vicious because they use to be called the nanny dog back in time.  Parents use to just keep their kids with the Pitbulls because it would protect them and the parents trusted them to be the “nanny dog”.  According to adoptapet, “Americas nickname for Pitbull was the nanny dog. For generations if you had children and wanted to keep them safe you wanted a Pitbull, the dog that was the most reliable of any breed with children or adults”(adoptapet).  Pitbulls use to be the nanny dog for kids. It was a reliable breed for everyone because it was great with kids and even adults. They are the second dog that pass the temperance tests. According to adoptapet, “In temperance tests, the equivalent of how many times your kid can poke your dog in the eye before he bites[the child].  Of all the breeds that most tolerant was the Golden Retriever. The second most tolerant was the Pitbull”(adoptapet). They are the second tolerant breed to pass the eye poking test. Also, their jaw doesn’t lock, it’s a myth that their jaw locks and never lets go. According to adoptapet, “Pitbull jaws do not lock, they do not have the most powerful bite among dogs”(adoptapet).  A Pitbull’s jaw is not the most powerful, there’s other dogs out there that have a more powerful jaw bit than the Pitbull. Pitbulls aren’t vicious dogs and they shouldn’t be banned because they use to be called the nanny dog. Their great with kids, that parents would leave the both of them alone. Their the loyal and loving dog to everyone.

Pitbulls shouldn’t be banned because any dogs could be vicious, it’s not just the Pitbull.  Also, there not more aggressive as any other dog. According to politifact, “They’ve studied aggression scores not as bad as Boxers, Bulldogs, Collies, Great Danes, Greyhound, and Shetland Sheepdogs.  They are in the same range as the German Shepherd and the Golden Retriever”(politifact). Pitbulls aren’t more aggressive than Boxers, Bulldogs, Great Danes, Collies, etc. Their even in the same range as the German Shepherd and the Golden Retriever.  According to this quote, “There’s actually no scientific evidence that proves this as fact”(globalanimal). There’s no evidence that a Pitbull is more aggressive by nature than any other breed. Also, like I said before, the Pitbull was the second tolerated breed to pass the eye poking test.  According to politifact, “Researchers found Pitbulls were not significantly more aggressive than other breeds towards strangers and their owners”(politifact). Pitbulls are even with every dog and not more aggressive. Like I said before, It’s the owner that’s raising them from puppy to adult.  In reality, it goes with every dog. It depends on the owner who’s raising it. A Golden Retriever, Great Dane, Lab, etc. could be aggressive if their owner isn’t training it right. There’s no evidence to prove that a Pitbull is more aggressive than any other breed. Pitbulls should not be ban because any dog could be aggressive, it’s not just Pitbulls that are aggressive.

In conclusion, Pitbulls shouldn’t be banned because it depends on the owner who is raising them, they use to be called the nanny dog and parents trusted them with their children, and any dog could be aggressive it’s not just the Pitbull.  This is important because Pitbulls aren’t aggressive by nature it’s the person who’s raising them. You should give Pitbulls a second chance because it’s not their fault, and people ruin their life.

Here’s a video about the truth behind Pitbulls:





Works cited:

“A Closer Look at Dogfighting.” ASPCA,

“For Over 100 Years, Pitbulls Were Our Babysitters » Blog.” Top Tips for

Safely Bringing Home a Rescue or Shelter Dog » Blog,                      

“Are Pit Bulls More Aggressive than Other Dogs?” @Politifact,


“‘Pit Bull’ Author Bronwen Dickey On Pitbulls.” Global Animal, 8 July 2016,