The ban of owning a Pitbull Dog
Some states such as Maryland ban people from owning Pitbulls. Do you think banning of Pitbulls a good idea?
Baning the breed is only going to punish responsible pet owners. It's not going to stop people who are breeding them to use in the fighting ring and its these dogs that are usually the dangerous ones - the ones who have been bred from unstable parents and then abused their whole lives to make them mean. Criminals don't care if you add more laws on top of what they're already doing illegally. If people want to deal with the whole pit bull problem they should spend more time weeding out these little punks and way more time punishing them. Anyone that can do something that heinous to that many living animals deserves more than a fine. They need some serious jail time. It is after all a violent crime and dangerous to the public, not just to the people and animals involved.
The law is stupid and a waste of time. Pitbulls are not the problem. Bad owners are the problem. ALL dogs with the exception of those with a mental illness can be a good dog with the right training.
Yes either that or all owners must register their dogs and show financial capability and or have insurance that would cover the costs
incurred if their dog attacks someone.
Most pit bulls I see are owned by people who aren't even responsible for their own lives, much less a dog. And think they need some mean dog to protect non
Assault charges and jail time, for euthanasia for any dog who attacks, no exceptions.
Breed specific legislation has been demonstrated to be a waste of taxpayer money. Many jurisdictions are backing off from it after discovering just how much it increases their animal control budget.
The legislation often ends up covering American Staffordshire Terriers (which used to be called 'nanny dogs' for how good they are with children).
Also, properly bred fighting dogs are not, not, NOT human-aggressive - the handler has to be able to pull them out of the ring without being bitten. Pit bulls *can* be more aggressive towards other dogs and need to be carefully socialized...but all dogs need to be socialized and most dogs would benefit from an obedience class or two. As would their owners.
There are much better ways of dealing with the matter - dealing with dogs (of whatever breed) that are consistently aggressive properly, for example. Making it easier for people to take their dogs to classes helps a lot, too.
Many 'pit bull' attacks aren't pit bulls at all (the media tends to turn any dog that attacks somebody into a 'pit bull'. Those that are are often poorly bred, unsocialized crosses that idiots think make good guard dogs. (Pit bulls do NOT make good protection dogs and pit bull crosses that end up with human aggression and pit bull tenacity are a problem).
Malcolm Gladwell wrote a really interesting piece on this that was ultimately incorporated into his book "What the Dog Saw." in essence he writes about an exhaustive study that found "Pitbulls" which actually include several species of dog (American Staffordshire terrier, the Staffordshire bull terrier, and the American pit bull terrier) are less likely to exhibit aggressive tendencies that many. many other breeds. The difference is twofold, one, the owners tend to be less responsible pet owners, and two the dogs are very strong and stout. The combination of the two makes it easy for them to be demonized.
The issue therefore, is not the bred of dog, but the type of owner.
I am up in Canada, and they ban owning Pitbulls here too. My cousin owns a pitbull and Diamond is one of the friendliest dogs I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. She was abused by a previous owner, but she has never let it change her demeanor. She is awesome with kids of all ages.
It is all in how you treat the dog, and in how you train it, and what you train it to do. The owners are the ones who should be in trouble not the dog breed. We can't even have a pitbull here that is not fixed. They can't be under a certain age either because when the ban came out they also banned breeding them.
Such a stupid and ungrateful law.
obviously, someone has the notion that the ban is good or they wouldn't be voting down all our comments that the ban is bad
I agree. My nephew has 2 pitbulls and they are the sweetest dogs.
I agree with peeples, we should not blame pit bulls they are just doing what their owners want them to do. We should send to jail owners that train their pit bull dogs to fight and or be vicious . Humans make dogs vicious so humans should be punished not the dogs.
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