Should Pit Bulls Be Illegal to Own?

Pit bulls have proven to be one of the most dangerous dog breeds time and time again. Evidence for this has been gathered over decades with many organizations, including the U.S. Army, Air Force, and Marines, banning pit bull-type dogs from their base housing as well as approximately 1,200 U.S. cities enforcing regulations on pit bulls specifically due to their aggressive nature.

This is hardly surprising when you look into the history and breeding of pit bulls. They were initially a cross between muscly Old English Bulldog and the quick and feisty Black and Tan Terrier to create a breed that was effective in the then-legalized blood sports of bear baiting and dog fighting; a ‘hold and shake’ bite style that allowed them to continuously attack an animal until both were killed was favored in these activities, making pit bulls a menace even today.

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) is one such organization that calls for laws not based on breed but instead on people’s responsibility for their dogs’ behavior, yet this cannot be done if the breed itself is too dangerous for society, which could easily be said about pit bulls, particularly due to the fact that even with careful training, they seem to suddenly lose control without provocation.

This was confirmed by a 2013 study published in the American Journal of Otolaryngology that stated pit bulls are 48% more likely than other breeds to attack without warning or provocation. This makes them far more unpredictable than other breeds and thus much more dangerous.

In addition to this evidence that suggests why pit bulls should be outlawed completely, it can also be argued that irresponsible owners should take full responsibility for these dogs’ behavior which goes against public safety. While this may be true in some cases, it doesn’t take away from the reality that genetics play an important role in canine behavior as well, something which those who oppose breed specific legislation must recognize before putting out a false impression of enhanced public safety by claiming all dogs regardless of breed can become dangerous if raised poorly or maliciously by its owner.

Therefore, it’s clear why we need tougher measures when it comes to owning certain breeds such as Pit Bulls. They have been historically bred for fighting purposes but continue to be used dangerously even today due to their unpredictable temperament combined with their strength, making them too risky for society at large.

Rather than just focusing on people’s responsibility towards their pets’ behaviors, although important, governments must also take into consideration how certain breeds can pose danger irrespective of how well or badly they have been trained or cared for by their owners so as to ensure public safety is kept at its highest level possible without fail.


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