Pit Bulls And Breed Specific Legislation (BSL)
The shocking similarity between a “Pit Bull” and a Honda Accord. Perverted enough, a car and a dog are both considered things and objects under the law to be owned. Perhaps for the objects, this makes sense, but this should be found shocking for the living, breathing, feeling animal. They are both only worth the value one pays for them and have zero rights. Therefore I will make the shocking comparison of two “things” to illustrate how utterly ridiculous, asinine, and outdated our laws are.
Here we go:
Honda Accord & A “Pit Bull“
- Can be soft, gentle and loving
- Can care for a family
- Can be dangerous and unrelenting
- Can kill people (caveat, so can all dogs and cars)
- Maintains health by meeting basic needs
- Can be guided/driven to be dangerous or perfect for any family
- Requires insurance – Some ignorant and discriminatory insurance companies charge hefty premiums for “Pit Bulls” in condos and homes.
“Pit Bulls” and Hondas Both Don’t Have:
- A natural propensity to kill
- Inherent viscous behavior or looking to attack
- Aggressive behavior
Dog Bites And American Pit Bull Terriers
In the official Journal of the International Society for Applied Ethology, Applied Animal Behavior Science, researchers, Deborah L. Duffy, Yuying Hsu, James A. Serpell state: “Breeds with the greatest percentage of dogs exhibiting serious aggression (bites or bite attempts) toward humans included Dachshunds, Chihuahuas and Jack Russell Terriers (toward strangers and owners); Australian Cattle Dogs (toward strangers); and American Cocker Spaniels and Beagles (toward owners).”
It is critical to remember that any dog (even Gold Retrievers)can be taught to bite or can be bred from an unethical puppy mill/backyard breeder with little care for the physical, mental or behavioral health of the animal.
A dog biting is natural and healthy. Phenotype and genotype are always at play. Nature and nurture are always at play, however, how much is taught and learned vs. inherited are subject to debate.
All breeders of every breed are responsible for selective breeding not just for aesthetics (which most do), but for physical, mental, and behavior, congenital and hereditary health to mitigate the risk of a sick or poor temperament dog. If a dog has a poor temperament, they should be spayed and neutered immediately, and the line of dogs and litter must be evaluated.
However, since “Pit Bulls” are not accurately identified by dog experts, veterinarians, trainers, and behaviorists, what makes you think you, that the media who are reporting these sensationalized cases, can accurately identify them?
When individuals like myself, dog trainers, behaviorists, ethologist, veterinarians, educators the world over who dedicate their lives to understanding applied behavior analysis and work with thousands of dogs of all breeds and mongrels cannot accurately identify a “Pit Bull” how can a TV reporter, a person who got bitten, or animal control officer?
Dogs, like people, are evaluated on an individual basis. The study of behavior is always the study of one unique being.
Equally important is to evaluate the parents. There is considerable evidence that “Pit Bull” parents are themselves very high-risk individuals. As per a study in the Journal of Interpersonal Violence revealed that “parents of vicious dogs were significantly more likely to have criminal convictions for aggressive crimes, drugs, alcohol, domestic violence, crimes involving children and firearms.” The author continued, “Vicious dog owners reported significantly more criminal behaviors than other dog owners,” and ranked “higher in sensation seeking and primary psychopathy.”
Research suggests that dog bites and aggressive dog behavior are linked to socioeconomic conditions. A 2011 study, in the Journal of Forensic Sciences, found that “vicious dog owners reported significantly higher criminal thinking, entitlement, sentimentality, and super-optimism tendencies. Vicious dog owners were arrested, engaged in physical fights, and used marijuana significantly more than other dog owners.” So yes, this sheds some light on the skewed bite statistics and shows a direct correlation between American Pit Bull Terrier parents and aggression.
If most robbers use Honda Accords as the getaway car for their crimes would the prudent thing be to ban all Hondas and immediately send them to the junkyard to be destroyed?
When put in these terms we may see how idiotic BSL (Breed Specific Legislation) is. BSL is an embarrassment to all counties and jurisdictions that subscribe to discrimination and fear-mongering.
Educated cities do not discriminate; The White House on down to every scientific professional dog organization in the world opposes BSL. If your city or town bans “Pit Bulls,” educate your outdated populist politicians and send them to scientific facts not myths and conjecture by frauds and armchair “experts” on the internet.