|Barked: Wed Oct 5, '05 9:32am PST |
I agree with you that people have been irresponibly breeding pit bulls and that this breeding may or may not be breeding human agressiveness in. I don't think anyone will dispute that there are some very unsavory people trying very hard to make their pit bulls mean.
However, there is something called a temperment test. This is basically a test where you pretty much annoy the heck out of a dog and see what it does. I believe all dogs should be temprement tested before being placed in homes. Some things that a temperment test includes are giving the dog food and sticking a fake hand in and taking the bowl away (fake hand so that you don't get your hand bitten off if the dog fails the test!), having a fake crying screaming baby, scaring the dog with an umbrella, exuberently hugging and squishing the dog like a kid might and so on.
I would argue that instead of encouraging the slaughter of innocent animals perhaps instead you should be working for temperment testing and increased non breed specific spay/neuter programs. This way there won't be as many doggies of all breeds born and also the doggies that are living in peoples homes if temperment tested would be extremely unlikely to turn around and attack a human.
Breed Specific Legislation won't stop with pit bulls, Brandy. There will just be a new breed that people will choose to "make mean". In my opinion, labs might be a good candidate for this (after Rotties, Dobies, German Shepards, bulldogs and the like are banned). They have wide heads, they have fairly strong jaws, they are big dogs and are very trainable, they have been irresponsibly bred for a long time (by back yard breeders) and so on. Now I'm not saying that labs are mean or anything, I'm just asking you, how would you feel if all the sudden there was legislation to kill you because of some stupid irresponisble people?
I, too, am sorry to know that you wish to see me dead. In case you're wondering I'm half pit and a service dog. I've been attacked by other dogs many times and even gotten serious wounds from them, yet I've never hurt another dog.
I'm just wondering, do you let those nice pits that you play with know that you want them dead?
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