I feel this is important for many reasons. The primary reason is that you are blaming the Pit Bull breed based upon how they act and their aggressiveness without taking in for account that they did not train themselves to be that way. It are the people who own them for the sole purpose of using them to fight. It is these same people who are responsible for training Pit Bulls to fight and be aggressive.
The Pit Bull breed was originally bred to do bull baiting ( which is when a dog grabs a bull by the nose and doesn't let go so that the person castrating a bull doesn't get gored). But people quickly turned that into a bloodsport where both the dog and bull would be put into a pit and fight, which is where the name Pit Bull actually comes from. After that was outlawed these same people started breeding and training them to fight each other. Despite their horrible past and present (in many cases), Pit Bulls can and do make great pets. They were especially bred not to be aggressive to humans, but can still have animal aggression. I strongly believe, and it has been proven so many times, that with proper training, socialization, and care they can make for the most wonderful companions and family members.
Myself, as well as people worldwide, feel that if you are going to place a ban on Pit Bulls than you must also place a ban on every single breed of dog in the world. Common sense tells you that any breed of dog has the potential to bite and be aggressive. All dogs, from the largest to the smallest, ugliest to the cutest can be trained to fight and be just as aggressive as a Pit Bull can be. The bottom line is all in how these dogs are trained and treated, they are only doing what we have taught them to do. Therefore, it is completely not right nor fair to punish any breed of dog for it's actions when the fault of that dogs action lies with the owner.
The Animal and Plant Health Inspective Service, a department of the USDA, states that:
“Breed or type specific bans are difficult and costly to enforce, provide a false sense of security to the community and, where enacted, no data currently supports them as effective in reducing incidence of dog bites; therefore, they are not recommended… The most effective means of reducing prevalence of dog bites are education and placing responsibility on the owner, not the animal. Legal mechanisms that enable the competent authorities to impose penalties or otherwise deal with irresponsible owners are necessary. Mandatory registration and identification schemes will facilitate the effective application of such mechanisms.”
"PUNISH THE DEED NOT THE BREED."
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