|Barked: Thu Dec 30, '10 11:43am PST |
|Beat me to it, Daddy.
American pit bull terriers, even to this day, serve many purposes. Do not forget that though they are terriers, they are also workers. They make great service dogs, there are some in the K9 industry working as police dogs, some of them still work on the farm, and they also make great family dogs. The American pit bull terrier, as Daddy pointed out, has been used for a lot more than just "fighting" throughout history. And where it concerns fighting, many other breeds have been used. The pit bull definitely is not the only one, and thinking that he is, I've always found, isn't fair to the other poor dogs that go through it. Like the Akita, for just one example. If BSL were to eliminate pit bulls in their entirety, dog fighters that do own pit bulls would either a) move onto another "fighting breed" or b) find a new breed entirely. The solution isn't banning the breeds they use, the solution is cracking down on them as often as possible and getting as many dogs as possible out of the situation.
I agree with many about education and compassion. See, most dog problems all boil down to the same roots: humans. We wouldn't have puppy mills if more humans were educated and had compassion for dogs. We wouldn't have BSL, either. There are a lot of educated and caring people on Dogster, but there just aren't as many offline. Too often I speak to a friend who bought a puppy from a puppy mill, or have a friend tell me my pit bull is dangerous just because the media said it was so. I try to educate as often as I can. Because for everyone that won't listen, there will be someone who will. Sadly, you can't always teach someone compassion. That is the hardest lesson to teach, I find.
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