I am not a pit bull person, never have been, never will be, however I am more than willing to open my mind to every aspect of animal care and animals.
Humanity has fought discrimination for centuries and not just the discrimination against the human species. During the Salem witch trials, it was black cats, ravens, black dogs, monkeys have stood trial in a court of law (Scopes Monkey Trial), so have dogs. It has been part of mankind’s evolution.
Many species have been driven to extinction because of man’s law, others today are threatened. The symbol of the USA (The Bald Eagle) was almost driven down this path by ill thought out laws, the same can be said for wolves, and many other species.
The laws you make today could very well threaten so send the domesticated canine species down the same path in the future. Nonsense I hear you say! Well let me explain.
You ban pit bulls and pit bull type dogs, but where is the dividing line, boxers, labs, mastiffs, and mixes of this breed can all LOOK like pit bulls. Pugs, Staffies, Acd’s can all be said to be a snub nosed breed. As there is NO SUCH breed as a pit bull, where is your line that says this dog is good this dog is bad?
If you send these sub-species into extinction, what will be next… the rottweiler, the German shepherd dog, the Labrador, the golden, the mastiff, the boxer, the Doberman, the Malamute, the border collie, the dachshund, the poodle? You see all of these dogs have been involved in serious bite incidents.
I hate to say this, but banning a breed is a knee jerk reaction to bad press, It is like putting a band aid on a gaping wound. The problem is NOT the breed of dog; the problem is the TYPE of owner, and the lack of law enforcement. The laws are already in place to control problem dogs, but lack of enforcement allows for the problems we see today.
Once an American hero, the Nanny dog, held in high esteem, has become public enemy Number1, so some folks would have you believe, however if you look at the true facts, pit bull type dogs are still as loyal and faithful as they have ever been. They serve as search and rescue dogs, Canine good citizens, therapy dogs, drug sniffing dogs, police dogs, customs dogs and faithful pets and family members.
Bsl only serves to punish innocent law-abiding families, ripping away family members and killing them, the dog fighters and the irresponsible owners will just go underground, that in it’s self will create an even worse problem. YES that is what Bsl does; it kills the innocent and makes victims of decent ppl, while allowing the criminals to carry on as before in dingy basements, and rural areas.
If you want to solve the problem, introduce mandatory spay/neuter laws, anti-chaining laws, restricted confinement laws, special licenses for breeders, and most important ENFORCE those laws already in place.