According to the Mid-American Bully Breed Rescue, there are approximately 5,000,000 registered pit bulls in the United States alone (Pit). Of that 5,000,000 there are roughly 35,000 in shelters. In Los Angeles alone, 72,800 are euthanized each year; if you break that number down, that means about 200 helpless pit bulls are euthanized each day, however if you would rather look at the bigger picture, in the U.S., 728,000 pit bulls are euthanized in just one year. Numbers like these are immensely horrid especially if you are an animal lover. Research was found to try to notify and persuade people into taking action in the spaying and neutering of their animals, eliminating animal abuse as well as dog fighting. Before getting into persuading readers; they should know why pit bull breeds get such a bad rap, as well as where the breed came from. Today’s pit bull is a descendant of the original English bull -baiting dog (Position). These dogs were bred to bite and hold bulls, bears, and other larger animals around the face and …show more content…
Breed-Specific Legislation (BSL) is a law that bans or restricts certain types of dogs based on their appearance, usually because they are perceived as “dangerous” breeds or types of dogs. BSL has targeted pit bulls for many years trying to ban them and will not address the fact that a dog of any breed can become dangerous when bred or trained to be aggressive. Some states have actually enacted BSL specifically to the owners of pit bulls in Denver (Pit). To this day, Denver still has the law, however, it continues to have significantly higher dog bite-related hospitalization rates than other counties (Pit). Ironic, right? Change is coming though, seventeen states now prohibit BSL in any form and six more are on their way in the same direction (Pit). BSL is such a problem that even the White House is in opposition to BSL
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BSL stands for “Breed-Specific Legislation”, and the only problem with this is that it bases its reasoning off of the looks of the animal. Legislation is beginning to be passed in different parts of the world, that discriminates dogs just because of their looks. There are many different opinions about this and its effectiveness. The main reason that cities and states pass this law is because there are often multiple cases of dog attacks, and BSL is supposed to improve public safety.
Did you know that 86.8% of Pit Bulls pass the American Temperament Test? They are the second most tolerant dog. Pit Bulls are loving, faithful animals just trying to live. Yes, almost everything we see on the news about them is something horrible, but just because those ones are bad doesn’t mean they all are like that.
Pit Bulls are strong and fast, which made them ideal candidates for dog fighting. Once they were tied to the word “fight,” movies started to use Pit Bulls in scenes with violence and crime. Unnatural behaviors taught to these dogs caused them to be feared and hated by many, so many that they are now banned in nearly 700 US cities, including Miami-Dade County (ASPCA). Pit Bulls have been banned from flying with certain airlines
Most American citizens stereotype the breed of pitbull dogs as mean and aggressive animals. Their history of dog fighting has given them a negative profile unlike any other (Pit bull). With the proper training pit bulls are loyal and protective dogs. Pitbulls are just like any other jubilant dog.
They use pit-bulls for dog fighting due to pit-bulls are quick to learn, eager to please and easy to handle. According to The American Pit-Bull Terriers, “Once a pit-bull accepts you as their master, they will gladly lay down their own life to please you.” The breed has an incredible sense of determination; once they start, they will not stop until they cannot keep going anymore or until their owner tells them to stop. The desire to complete their task combined with their unbelievable sense of loyalty makes them an easy target for dog fighters and criminals alike. The myth that pit-bulls love to fight is just a myth, it’s came from the human exploitation and their sense of determination.
Statistics show that surprisingly this beast is a great nanny dog for kids and is some of the best service dogs. According to many pit bull owners, trainers,& years of scientific research pit bulls should be kept as pets because they aren't naturally aggressive, banning pit bulls won't stop dog attacks and they are loving and great family dogs First and foremost #1 reason pit bulls should be kept as pets is that they were not bred to be aggressive, they were raised to be aggressive. I can prove this because from pups pal it states in section 2 how pit bulls were raised to fight they were not bred to fight and because of this the dogs were aggressive so when the pups were born they got the aggressive gene not only that the dogs get the stereotype that they are an aggressive and unruly beast. This supports my thesis because it shows how pit bulls were not bred
“There are about 78 million dogs in the United States, meaning less than 17% of dogs bite less than 1.4% and kill less than 0.00001% of the US population.” states Lindsy Marchello, Brian Hare, Vannessa Woods, and United States Burau. It is important to know this because discrimination should not happen against dogs just because they are at the top of the list for being brutal. People need to remember that not all of them are like that. Not all pit bulls are mean.
More than likely the people that get this type of dog would just train a different breed of dog such as german shepherds to do the same thing therefore, “banning pit bulls would make no progress”. http://www.opposingviews.com/i/should-pit-bulls-be-banned. “If it was determined that pit bulls were 5 times more likely to attack than any other dogs, that could mean that 5 out of 1 million pit bulls will attack in their lifetime instead of 1 out of 1 million. The point is the evidence that shows pit bulls are more likely to attack than other dogs is misinterpreted to mean that they are likely to attack”. http://www.opposingviews.com/i/should-pit-bulls-be-banned.
Did you know that pit bulls are not born to be mean? Not just pit bulls aren 't the only dog breed trained to be mean, other dogs are too. Many owners train pitbulls to fight. Dog fighting is very dangerous. Pit bulls are not mean and vicious.
However BSL is just a quick fix and the dangerous dogs can't be remedied quickly. In all reality BSL should be called breed discrimination laws. There are two types of BSL bans, and owner regulations. Bans make it illegal to house, harbor, import, train, or breed the specific dog breed that has been banned. Ownership regulations don't outright ban the breed but rather makes it extremely difficult to own a pit bull.
Allowing people to have pit bulls in their own care is question for many (Time). People should be able to own a pitbull for many reasons. Pit bulls are great dogs because they are good with most people, especially children. They are very obedient and some respond to commands if told to do so. They are also very helpful at times and easy to train.
Many cities have banned pit bull breeds believing them to be vicious/ dangerous breeds one city that city that has done so is Miami, according to Warnes “pit bulls have a reputation for aggression and many municipalities have ordinances either forbidding pit bull ownership outright or imposing restriction on ownership” (Salem Press Encyclopedia). Many pit bulls have ended up in shelters facing the possibility of euthanasia. Dogs identified as Pit bulls are amongst the highest breeds to get euthanized across the United States.
Some pit bulls are penurious. There have been many pit bull attacks in the past and the present. One such attack happened to Justin Clinton. He was a ten year old boy who was mauled to death by two pit bulls. The mother of the child wants there to be a law called Justin 's law.
There is a myth about pit bulls that says they have locking jaws, but their jaws actually exert less force than that of the rottweiler and the german shepherd. In terms of the potential of the dog to cause bodily harm, the caucasian ovcharka ranks number one at the top of the list. The list ranks pit bulls as number two stating that the majority of the pit bull breeds were used for dog fighting and are CONSIDERED the most dangerous dog in America, which does not prove they are. Statistics aren’t always accurate when it comes to the actions of the dog. The nature of pit bulls is not to be aggressive to a point where they cause major bodily harm; their experiences, their owners, and their upbringing determine their actions.
Many states started trying to ban pit bulls around 1988. Kent Salazar says, “We have all the means to protect people with clauses about vicious dogs.” He also said that Doberman pinschers were the target of such bans. But everything he said didn’t matter. New Mexico passed the ban, which allowed animal control to seize and kill any pit bull on site ("How Did Pit