Pit Bulls There is a lot of controversy between legislation and pit bull supporters over the banning of pit bulls. Pit bulls have been characterized as aggressive, dangerous, and vicious animals because of their genetic predisposition. For that matter legislation is trying to stop the breeding of pits in order to crack down on dog fighting and vicious attacks. Legislation should not just single out pit bulls because all dogs have the capacity to be aggressive. Owning a pit bull is a chosen responsibility and like a parent is responsible for their child, the owner should be responsible for the action of their animals.
Pit bull breed originated from England, they are a mix of a bull dog crossed with terriers. Historically these dogs were used for dog fighting, until England outlawed the sports as cruel. According to the Webster’s dictionary, “a dog is a flesh-eating domesticated animal related to wolves, and a pit bull is a powerful compact short haired dog developed for fighting. ” When an animal is domesticated it becomes accustomed to human provision. That means that a pit bull can be taught how to be loving pets.
Pit bulls are strong square shaped dogs, medium in size, weighing 40 to 60 pounds; they have enormous heads, minute eyes, and strong jaws. Pit bulls are known as mucho symbols in the urban communities, they have been nicknamed the bully breed and dog body builders. People tend to use pit bulls as guard dogs, because they are known to be powerful dogs with a high tolerance for pain. In addition, people use pits for selfish pleasures such as dog fighting. Legislation is coming together in order to stop the breeding of pit bulls, in order to crack down on dog fighting and vicious attacks.
In the words of Tami Harbolt-Bosco “these dogs are terriers, they are strong willed. You have to know what you are doing with them. When you get a good one, they are wonderful-very trusting” (qtd. in Lawerence). Pit bull profiling is unfair and unjust. When a dog is profiled, it is said that all the dogs of that breed tend to possess the same characteristics. Back in 70’s their was a public out cry about vicious, and aggressive German Shepherds, in the 80’s it was the Doberman, in the 90’s it was the Rottweiler, now it is the pit bull (Lawerence).
A pit bull is an animal that needs to be taught. If it is never taught, then it would have to result to its heredity instincts to survive. When owning these types of animals, or any animal for this matter, owners must employ guidance and love. It should be the owner’s responsibility to make sure the dog gets exercise, and is socially interacting not with just with other animals, but also people . Taking on the responsibility of a pit bull the owner should teach the animal right from wrong, just as child need to be taught right from wrong.
It is not ethical to say that all pit bulls are alike because some owners do take the initiative to train their animals. In my opinion, as a way to combat the aggressiveness of a pit bull, owners should have to take special classes teaching them the basic of caring for their animal, before they are eligible to get license to own a pit bull. Owning a pit bull is a chosen responsibility. The owners should take responsibility for feeding the animal, providing shelter, the necessities need to keep the dog healthy, and instill good characteristic traits in their pets.
Just like children, puppies are like a spongy. If they are in an aggressive environment were all they hear and see is negativity, it should not be of shock when the dog possesses the same qualities. Poor handling, housing conditions, physical alignment, lack of education, and supervision are all factors that could influence a pit bulls personality (IACP). Just a parent is responsible for providing supervision of a child, a pit bull owner should also supervise their pet, instead of letting the pet do as it please. Pit bulls can be taught to be domesticated animals.
Sophia is an American Staffordshire who was being marketed for dog fighting. Alicia Ward is a mental-health counselor who brought Sophia as a puppy. Alicia Ward volunteers with Alzheimer’s and Dementia patient, and along side is Sophia who is now four years old, loves to tag along to visit Alicia’s patient. People are cautious of Sophia at first but Sophia’s cuteness and friendliest helps them overcome their initial fear of Sophia. Sophia also assist the public library in their Reading Rover program which takes advantage of the human dog bonding, to help children who are struggling with reading (Lawerence).
Legislation enforcing breed specific laws could be difficult and costly (IACP). It would boil down to how you properly identify which pit bull belongs to the correct breed, without making assumptions. Wiping out a whole breed of pit bulls would be unfair to the people who support and love them most. Plus, who is to say that once pit bulls are demolished that other dogs of other breeds would be any better. Instead of legislation wasting money on trying to establish ways to get rid of an entire breed, they need to put that money on laws that penalize individuals on an individual basis.