Originally Posted by Beloz
I have to disagree with you here; this issue has its roots in the nanny state mentality. Just to make sure we are discussing the same issue, my understanding of 'nanny state' is fairly similar to Wikipedia's definition:
So, I think that our Australian governments (both federal and state) are wanting to appear to be protective of us by enacting legislation that "appears" to make us all safer by identifying and legislating against the dog breeds that the governments (and the media) have selected as being dangerous. I do not think that I am misusing the term 'nanny state' here. I believe that by enacting breed specific legislation our governments are being overly protective and interfering with our personal choice.
Nanny state is a term of British origin (and primary use) that conveys a view that a government or its policies are overprotective or interfering unduly with personal choice.
Let's not forget that our governments always say that these anti dog breed laws are to protect our children so this is all about over-protected kids.
And yes, size (as always) does matter LOL! I do not think anyone on this thread would dispute that the bigger the dog, the bigger the potential bite. However, all us dog owners have the responsibility to ensure that our individual dogs do not not bite humans or attack other dogs. Therefore, the responsibility is equal on all of us, no matter the size of our individual dogs. To argue otherwise is to put forward the proposition that bites and dog attacks by small dogs are in some way more acceptable; they are not. No dog should bite humans or attack other dogs. When I say 'attack other dogs' I am not talking about the minor argy bargy that dogs use to establish dominance; I mean serious attacks where one or both dogs ends up injured and needs veterinary attention.
You say that
I could say the same about you; you say this is nothing to do with breed but then you say that big dogs are more of a problem than small dogs. So your arguement does come back to breed, don't you think?
You're just arguing for the sake of it now
The reality is that we all have (or should have) an equal legal responsility to ensure that our dogs behave acceptably. That is not anything to do with their size; it is all about the dog's behaviour.
The APBT is the best of the best dogs (but it is just a dog, like any other breed of dog)
My avatar? It's a pit bull in a poodle suit (a bit like me really)