Some people believe that if Pit Bulls are banned, dog bites will stop.
One of the arguments brought up in the comment section of “5 yr-old child’s tragic death, and lessons to be learned” is that if ownership plays a part in Pit Bull bites, and irresponsible people own Pit Bulls, just ban the dogs.
It is implied in this argument that if the bad people no longer have access to the Pit bulls, the dog bites will stop. That somehow, the irresponsible dog owners will magically vanish from earth.
Does anyone buy that argument? Perhaps if Pit bulls are banned, the thugs will just forgo dogs? Wanna be tough guys will change their ways and irresponsible dog ownership will magically disappear…..
Perhaps they’ll chain up logs, dead cars and barrels in their yard with a big “Keep out” sign instead of keeping an imposing dog there instead?
Does that sound plausible?
Or, perhaps these same ignorant souls will go and get another power breed. Perhaps they’ll decide that Rottweilers are the dog of choice. So then the Rottweilers can become the highly sought after dog.
Money grubbing breeders can pair them up and sell puppies from the back of their truck to wanna be “tough guys”.
Then the Rottweilers can be banned. So then the imbeciles can move onto another tough looking breed. How about Dobermans? German Shepherds? Great Danes? Boxers? (should owners of these breeds start to sweat a little? Is your companion next on the hit list?)
Let’s ban every power breed. Every dog that weighs in over 30 lbs and can look menacing when it barks. Sure, that works, right?
If that train of thought were to win out, then we would be looking at Golden Retrievers, Labs and Collies on the government hit lists. Because let’s face it – any dog can bite.
Treat a dog badly and it will get defensive – angry – reactive.
For the sake of argument, let’s put a Black Lab into this sad scenario. Black labs are a well rounded, easy going breed of dog.
Let’s say that the Black lab gets the hefty spike collar, latched onto the massive chain, attached to a metal stake in the trashy backyard. The dog gets no social time, food only rarely, no shelter, no comfort and zero affection.
What happens when a wayward child gets too close after this dog has spent 6 miserable years, day after day, in this situation?
The dog is hungry, defensive, frustrated and anti-social. Wager a bet that the child gets bitten? My money is on the bite.
And for every person that stomps their foot and says “not so!” A Pit Bull would definitely bite, but not a Black Lab – think again. Some will bite – yes. Many won’t. Media loves to share the ones that do (without bothering to share the treatment of the dog prior to the bite).
So where do you go with this argument? Irresponsible people own Pit bulls, so ban the breed…..do the arguers of this point have any logic to fall back on? Does anyone agree with that line of thinking?
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