I'm saddened to hear your opinions OFL. I can sympathize with what you've seen but I'm saddened to see you so affected that you would ban the breed.
I'm not saying pit bulls don't do damage. But, unless you've seen the dog first hand you cannot have proof beyond a shadow of a doubt that it was a pit bull that did it.. no more than I can say it wasn't a pit bull. I've seen people who own dogs, call the pit bulls, that are no more pit bull than a lab. Not to say that that is the case in all attacks.. but it happens quite frequently.
I'm also sad to see that many people here believe that a dog can attack some one unprovoked. We never know the whole story of a bite unless we are there to see it. There are some dogs that are just unstable and will bite without warning, but more often than not a dog will let off hundreds of signals before biting. The sad fact is that very few people even know what stress signals look like in dogs.
German Shepherds and Rottweilers have a stronger bite by far than a pit bull and can be just as tenacious. Should we ban these as well? Force owners to pay huge sums of money for insurance and force their dogs to wear muzzles? I wonder how that will affect the owners who do therapy and service dog work with these breeds. Pit bulls are becoming one of the most popular breeds for service dogs... it would be hard for a service dog to pick up it's owner's keys or fetch a telephone if it is forced to wear a muzzle.
A teenager I went to highschool with was killed when he hit a bull standing in the middle of a curvy country road. My cousin was also nearly killed when he hit a bull on a road. Irresponsible farmers have horses and cows get loose frequently and they can cause serious damage if a car hits them. Should high insurance fees be placed on the cattle owners? I'm sure the parents of the boy who died would have been grateful for a million dollars to cover funeral costs. Granted due to the fact that there are more dogs in heavily populated areas dog bites are much more frequent.
There has been little effect in the places where bans have been placed in effect, in fact several places are turning over bans.
And to whomever said dogs are not born vicious. No that is not entirely true. Dog agression has been bred into this breed and can be a serious problem. But dog aggression does not equate human aggression and vice versa. Dog aggressive dogs can be managed under the right owner. Dogs who are born with a serious level of human aggression should be put down... and I know someone who did make that decision for the best of the dog.
I thought I could share something that means a lot to me without it becoming a politics debate. Other members can post threads about the things they love without it turning into a debate on whether or not Animae is cool or whether a certain band sucks or not. I guess I asked too much to be able to share a big part of me with the forum and do a little education.
Feel free to close the thread. It's already gone way past what I wanted it to be.. which was educational. I need a break from this site anyways.
*Be smart.. Do your research!!*