This is an unfair ban that has been put into place. Pit bulls can be some of the sweetest dogs and are not born vicious, cruel, or harmful. The ban on pit bulls caused incredible strife for many owners who were forced to uproot their lives or to give up their dog to be euthanized, simply for its breed. The only reason any pit bull is harmful is because of how it was raised, which can be said for any breed. There are thousands of pit bulls that need good homes and thousands of citizens of Denver that would love to have their pet back or to give a good home to an innocent pet.
- Governor of Denver, Colorado
Governor John Hickenlooper
I recently became aware that Denver re-banned Pit Bulls. Me and many other fellow Pit Bull lovers are totally against this; as shown in the facts below, Pit Bulls used to be the most-preferred dogs in America, and are actually the nicest breed.
In World War I, Pit Bulls represented America and the military; but not because they attacked people, they actually weren't even used for hunting anything, they just guarded the base.
According to the American Temperament Testing Association (ATTA) American Pit Bull Terriers have an 85.3% friendly temperament passing rate vs. 81.9% in all other breeds. This means that Pit Bulls are about 3.4% friendlier than ALL other dogs.
It has been proven that a dogs appearance or pedigree does not affect the dogs temperament, so while Pit Bulls may look intimidating, they rarely ever bite people; as shown in the facts below (Provided by The American Humane Society) :
*An estimated 4.7 million dog bites occur in the U.S. each year
*Nearly 800,000 dog bites require medical care
*Approximately 92% of fatal dog attacks involved male dogs, 94% of which were not neutered
*Approximately 25% of fatal dog attacks involved chained dogs
*Approximately 71% of bites occur to the extremities (arms, legs, hands, feet)
*The insurance industry pays more than $1 billion in dog-bite claims each year
*At least 30 different breeds of dogs have been involved in the 238 dog-bite-related fatalities in the U.S.
*Approximately 24% of human deaths involved unrestrained dogs off of their owners’ property
*Approximately 58% of human deaths involved unrestrained dogs on their owners’ property
* Any breed of dog can bite, and research suggests BSL does little to protect the community from dog-bite incidents.
* In fact, BSL can often have unintended consequences -- such as black-market interest and in-discriminant breeding practices -- resulting in subsequent breed overpopulation that leads to increases in the number of homeless, stray and euthanized dogs.
* Enforcement of BSL has been shown to be very costly and extremely difficult to enforce. One county in Maryland spent more than $560,000 maintaining pit bulls (not including payroll, cross-agency costs and utilities), while fees generated only $35,000
* Responsible breeding and ownership, public education and enforcement of existing laws are the most effective ways of reducing dog bites.
* American Humane supports local legislation to protect communities from dangerous animals, but does not advocate laws that target specific breeds of dogs.
I, and millions of other individuals and organizations, are completely against this breed discrimination. I urge you to allow Pit Bulls in Denver and in sure it stays like that for years to come.
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