I really just want to know!
Governments use experts in environment fields to tackle environmental problems, Children experts in child industries for children related problems, Medical professionals for issue relating to the health of the nation/community.
So why is it the government won't listen to or work with canine behaviour professionals to tackle the problem with dog baheviour? The issue shouldn't be "pit bull attacks" but "dog attacks". 'Attacking dogs' is a behavioural (or in some cases medical) problem. So why aren't they going to the experts of that field for their solutions?
I don't know ONE professional in this field that states the BSL will work or has ever worked in any other country. Dog behaviour professionals are giving many other solutions to help fix this problem, but the Government won't listen. SO WHY?
I'm sure if they did a study on the physical characteristics of child RAPISTS or PEDOPHILES they would come up with a possible look of (purely example, apologies to anyone insulted) man in 40-50's, white skin, approximately 5ft 7in., brown eyes approx. 14cms apart, lean muscluar build, slight turn out of feet, shoe size 12 (I'm sure you get my point now so I'll stop). So by that token, we should have everyone fitting that description register as a child sex offender in their area. If you are not registered with your local council by the 14th of March, 2012 then anyone found matching that description without registering will be immediately arrested and placed in prison until they can prove that they don't fit the description. There is no point trying to prove they are not a child sex offender as that does not matter, only that they CAN be due to their physical appearance. If you can't prove it, then you will be put to death by lethal injection.
This isn't how it works. All are created equal. If anyone is charged will these offences they are charged and/or placed in jail and when they come out, they are put on the child sex offender register to inform others in the community. REGARDLESS of physical description. We now also have a Working With Children Check for those wanting to volunteer or work with children in the community FOR EVERYONE.
This is ROUGHLY how I it should work. We should have people do compulsory obedience training when they purchase a dog. Once they have satisfactorily proved that their dog is capable of functioning in society they should be given a certificate to hang proudly, or once the owner has proved they can train and control their dog in society they should be given a Working With Animals card. If their dog causes problems by injuring anyone in society, then a case should be brought forward to determine the reason for the dog's behaviour, work out if it was actually other causes for the behaviour, rehabilitate as required and let it back into society. If there was harm to another animal or person then they should be given dangerous dog status and either put back into society with strict rules, given to an organisation that can see out it's days or euthanise (if necessary). REGARDLESS of the breed.
I also think they should have an expert do compulsory bite prevention classes in Primary Schools. Children (and parents) need to learn about dog body language and how to behave around dogs, especially dogs they don't know. THIS WILL help reduce dog bites with children in the community.
What does everyone else think?