“They are just misunderstood…it’s just the owners..I mean, you hear about Labs tearing into people every day. Don’t you? Well, it’s just the breeding. They train them and breed them to be so vicious. Remember, judge the deed, not the breed.”
Need a shovel yet?
Aren’t you tired of hearing about children being mauled by a Pitbull? It seems that at least every year there is a story in your city about some Pitbull that got loose or something and tore into someone. Usually children. The papers and talk shows light up with condemnation on the breed and then the owners and breeders ooze out of the woodwork and feed you the lines like “The breed of dog should not be the sole factor by which an attack is judged.” I’m sick of it I tell ya!
Just to add a few stats to this rant I found ”Fatal Dog Attacks, the Stories Behind the Statistics,” by Karen Delise. She notes that Pitbull and pit mixes account for 21 percent of all human fatalities, while mixed breed dogs account for 16 percent and other non-specified breeds, 15 percent. Also Merritt Clifton, editor of Animal People did a study of dog bites from 1982 to the present. According to the Clifton study, pit bulls, Rottweilers, Presa Canarios and their mixes are responsible for 74% of attacks that were included in the study.
I really didn’t need any study to know that I would much rather have my kids playing with a live bee hive then a Pitbull. Yes, yes, I know that the owner DOES play a factor however, you could have the owner be your sweet Grandmother and I still would not want that dog near me or my kids!
Does this mean I am in favor of banning Pitbulls? Possibly. I can’t really say that the world would not be a better place without them…but it’s still a fine line. Regardless though, I think a 20 year moratorium on them would be nice.