Great read, well done!! except for the bit I outlined in red, it gives the wrong impression, whilst meaning to be pro pit bull it leaves you thinking the dogs were altered by the dog fighters, this is not so they were always bred to fight, and thus specifically bred NEVER to bite man for man had to be able to referee fights safely, they just were 'nanny' dogs and were usually part of the family in the old days, but still a fighting dog nonetheless, fighting dog does not equal human aggression, just the opposite.My 17 year old cousin had to write a persuasive oral speech on an issue they were passionate about, with some of my help, this is what she came up with.
The breed specific legislation or BSL is a law that determines which dog breeds are deemed dangerous and their owners must follow a list of rules and regulations. In some cases BSL has deemed some breeds so dangerous that they have not only been restricted, but banned in some countries.
In Australia, the most commonly known restricted breed is the American Pit Bull Terrier. Owners of the Pit Bull must have a permit to own more than one restricted breed and have clearly visable 'beware of the dog' signs on their gates. The dogs must be leashed and muzzled at all times, no exceptions. Under age people are not allowed to be in charge of a restricted breed, plus many more. Temperament of the dog doesn't matter, if they are classified as a Pit Bull, they are classified as dangerous.
BSL is wrong; you can't make rules based on a few bad dogs. For every Pit Bull that kills, there are 10.5 million that don't.
The Pit Bull has a bad reputation because of 3 main things, their history, their owners and the media.
In the beginning of the 20th century, the American Pit Bull was the most popular family dog. During the middle of the 1900s, the wrong people discovered how loyal and intelligent the Pit Bull is, and were selectively bred to become fighting dogs. Its often forgotton popular breeds like the Staffy, Bulldog, Mastiff and Shar Pei were all used as dog fighters and/or bull baiters at some stage in their past, but BSL fails to restrict them...so far. Back in the 1870s, the American Staffordshire became a recognised breed by the American Kennel Club. It was from then on, all registered Pit Bull would be referred to as an Amstaff, while the unregistered would be called a Pit Bull. Funnily enough, the Amstaff isn't restricted although they're the same breed.
Why do we never hear about the Pit Bulls that are used as police, therapy and conpanion dogs? People still base the Pit Bulls history on the modern day breed.
Judging a breed based on their history, you could say its like rascism.
A child will become what they are based on how they're raised. Its the same for dogs. Any breed can be dangerous if abused or unsocialised. World reknown dog behaviour specialist and star of the Foxtel program 'The Dog Whisperer', Cesar Millan often used his Pit Bull 'Daddy' to help rehabilitate dog agressive dogs. Daddy passed away at age 16 in February, and Cesar described the Pit Bull as his mentor in life.
The Pit Bull is in a cycle, the more you hear about them being 'killers' the more the wrong people what to own them as a status symbol and fail to properly train and socialise it, the dog then attacks and ends up in the news again.
Dog fighters abuse and torture their dogs to be vicious. In some cases of Pit Bull rescue, dogs have been found with bottle caps found uner the skin of their neck, to ensure they are always on guard when handled around the throat.
How many times have you met a small snappy dog and thought nothing of it, or even cute? Simply because of their size and history, a badly behaving Pit Bull is seen as dangerous, while a badly behaving Chihuahua is seen as cute.
The owners that raise a Pit Bull with love and respect are the ones that suffer if the breed is banned.
Finally, the media play the largest part of brainwashing the world into believing the Pit Bull is born to kill. How many times have you heard 'a Pit Bull type dog' or 'a Pit Bull mix'? What makes a reporter and expert on breed identification?
How many times do you hear 'Pit Bull mauls baby' and how unlikely is it you will hear 'Pit Bull rescues baby'?
Why did the media never mention when Dakota the search and rescue Pit Bull found a woman after a flood? When Dakotas owner, Kristin Crawford was asked 'did your dog bite the woman when she found her?', Crawford saud 'thats something no search and rescue dog handler with another breed is ever asked'.
The American Temperament Testing Association is a society that put a number of breeds through stressful situations and see their reaction, the first sign of stress, aggression or fear is a fail. The Pit Bull had an average passing rate of 86%, higher than popular breeds like the Golden Retriever, Beagle and Maltese.
In 2005 it was recorded the German Shepherd had the highest amount of attacks, followed by the Blue Heeler, the Rottwieler, the Staffy and the Pit Bull came in at 5th. The Kelpie at 8th, the Labrador at 9th and the Border Collie at 10th. Why did the media never report on these attacks?
Violence sells. A 'fighting dog' sells. Even to the point of the imaginary gift of the 'lock jaw'. No dog breed, including the Pit Bull can lock its jaw, its physically impossible.
People get attacked by dogs every day, and for the most part, if no one is killed in the attack, only the Pit Bulls make the headlines. The Pit Bull is an unfairly judged breed, any dog has the potential to be dangerous, and any dog in the wrong hands can be dangerous. BSL hasn't reduced the amount of attacks, its just destroyed dogs for being what they are. The people of Australia need to stop believing every thing we read in the paper and hear on the news, we need to remember not every species still continues their history traits today and that us as humans are the base of raising a happy, healthy, loving pet. A dog is what you make it.