American Pit Bull Terrier - should they be banned?Watch
No way, it's bad owners not bad dogs. An owner can make a chihuahua aggressive with the wrong treatment (although they obviously can't cause as much damage). The penalties on the owner's aren't severe enough- why does a 'dangerous' breed have to be eliminated and yet the owners who've made them that way are allowed to own more dogs and get away with it? Next it'll be Staffordshire Bull Terriers (originally 'nanny dogs') or Bull Mastiffs which are now getting a lot of bad press for same reasons as Pit Bulls. No matter how many breeds are banned, there will still be dog attacks until something is done about the owners!
It's also very hard to identify Pit bulls because they aren't actually a real breed, they're just a cross, and a lot of people in court use that to their advantage.
They are bred for fighting and I do believe that is in their blood, however, it all traces back to ownership - anything the owner does will reflect in the dog's behaviour. I know from work experience the "big bad" dogs that people seem to be afraid of (such as staffies, rottweilers etc) are 100 times nicer than those wee rats of a dog (jack russells etc). It depends entirely on the owner, but it's not just pit bulls that are a banned breed.
Also, there needs to be tougher sentencing on the people who carry out the fighting. They walk free after forcefully pitting 2 dogs against each other to the death, whilst training them using live bait - what sort of message does that put out?
Encouraging responsible ownership in general alongside special measures for particularly powerful/big dogs would result in a better situation than we have now.
People need to be punished for failing to control their animals as opposed to certain breeds being demonised and destroyed.
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Any dog can be dangerous in the same way that any dog can be trained effectively.
The question you have to ask is whether the current legislation stops being being killed by dangerous dogs or not.
CLEARLY the laws we have do not protect the public sufficiently.