Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Should Pit Bulls Be Banned?

In December 2007, a New York City official proposed banning pit bulls from the city, saying the dogs are dangerous. Some cities, such as Denver and Miami, have already forbidden their residents from owning pit bulls. Many people believe that American Pit Bull Terriers are dangerous dogs. Pit Bulls have a bad reputation for attacking people, but aggressive Pit Bulls are consequences some irresponsible people who have neglected or abused their dogs or even trained them to be aggressive. According to the Chako Rescue Association for the American Pit Bull Terrier, Pit Bulls are actually very stable, intelligent, and highly trainable. They are strong athletic dogs, and they require a guardian who is responsible and will give them plenty of exercise and training. They are very loving and loyal and make excellent animal companions.
Pit Bulls are also use as therapy/service dogs. The Chako Rescue Association has Pit Bull therapy dogs in Texas, Utah and California. Helen Keller even had a Pit Bull as her canine companion and helper. Petey, the faithful dog on the TV show, The Little Rascals, was a Pit Bull. He spent countless hours with children day after day and never hurt anyone. He was one of the most intelligent Hollywood dogs of all time.
Pit Bulls are one of the most stable people-friendly dogs in existence which can make them good family dogs. The National Canine Temperament Testing Association tested 122 breeds, and Pit Bulls placed the 4th highest with a 95% passing rate! As was noted earlier, they are strong, athletic dogs who need people who are able to care and train them properly.
Therefore Pit Bulls should not be banned, but people who cannot provide the right training for them should not be permitted to have them

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