Is it fair to ban certain breeds of dogs that the local governments deem as too dangerous to own?
All of us have heard of certain dogs breeds that have a reputation for attacking people.
Certain breeds of dogs have been outlawed in some communities due to some dangerous behaviors.
This practice has been criticized by the Humane Society and the ASPCA as unfair and inaccurate.
Do you have these laws in your town and do you think its fair?
I think a while back there was talk of banning pitbulls in my town. It never was passed, but the fact that there was an actual discussion is pretty sad to me.
Is it true that some dogs are more violent than others? Yes, in the same way that some dogs are more energetic. Some breeds tend to have more violent tendencies than others. This is nature.
Then, there are the owners, who are in charge of taking care of these dogs. Whether they abuse their dogs, spoil them, neglect their dogs or cherish them is the OWNER'S choice, and will affect the dog. This is nurture.
In the nature vs nurture debate, I believe that how the owner treats the dog is more important than the dog's natural personality. It's not fair to punish the dog for what the owner is doing.
I don't think it is fair, but it is a tough question. Some people seem to "need" the government to manage their every move in order to do the right thing, while others make smart choices on their own.
Here's a case that happened in my part of the world just about ten days ago. A baby was killed, apparently unprovoked, by a pit bull that was a family pet. According to TV reports, the pit bull was pampered and beloved, not mistreated or trained to fight. The baby was only ten weeks old -- too young to walk or even crawl in the dog's direction. http://dfw.cbslocal.com/2015/04/20/infa … in-dallas/
So no, I don't think it is fair to ban pit bulls, but it also was not fair to to that innocent baby to allow foolish parents to keep a pit bull in their home with a baby, and leave the two creatures unattended. I would never keep a pit bull in my home if I had small children. I know there are plenty of cases where pits are great and cause no problems with children or other people, but personally I'm not willing to take that risk.
It seems like pit bulls are so often in the news. Is it because it is more newsworthy when a pt bull attacks, so stories involving other breeds tend to go unreported? I just don't know.
I think banning certain breeds of dogs is not needed and I do not think it is fair. I do think however that if you want to own certain breeds of dogs that you need to receive training or take some kind of class. I noticed that most people who own dangerous breeds are careless and often let their dogs walk around with no leash.
There is no such thing as a dangerous domesticated dog breed. All dogs can be reared and trained to be docile and friendly. The problem is that not all owners take the time to raise and train dogs who are able to coexist with humans.
Pit bulls, in times past, were thought to be the ideal dogs to have around children, because they're gentle and loving, and protective of their humans. People are afraid of them now because bad owners have either not trained them, or trained them to be aggressive or fighters.
The problem isn't the dog. It's the owner.
A child was attacked and severely wounded by a pit bull recently in a city close to where I live. I don't know if the child survived, but the child's mother and the dog's owner had some difficulty getting the dog off the child. Some people are scared of pit bulls, while others adore them. As a dog lover and someone who has owned a lot of dogs, I don't think they should be banned, but the city should enforce some kind of training for these dogs and their owners.
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