When I was only four-years-old I had a close encounter with a dog. The dog got excited and jumped on me and almost bit my face. Since then I have been terrified of dogs for a long time. My friend has an American Pit Bull Terrier and when I’d go to her house she would have to put her dog outside or in another room because I was terrified. Her dog especially scared me because of what I had heard of the Pit Bull breed. I do not remember how it happened but I began to like her dog – other then when he would take up all the room on the bed or couch – he was friendly. It was surprising to me that I overcame my fear of dogs with what is considered one of the most dangerous breeds.
On August 29, 2005 new legislation came into effect in Ontario. By October 28, 2005 all owners of Pit Bulls in Ontario had to comply with the new legislation. For owners the law states that their dogs are to be spayed or neutered and must be muzzled and leashed while in public. As well you now cannot purchase or breed any Pit Bulls in the province.
Pit Bulls should not be outlawed in Ontario, let alone anywhere else. Yes they are considered a dangerous breed, but are there not other breeds out there that are just as dangerous? Is there justification to such canine genocide? Will it really make our communities safer? People need to ask themselves these questions.
Almost anyone could say that there are dangerous dogs out there. Will they all say that the Pit Bull is the one they would consider most dangerous? All dogs have the ability to attack just as humans do. Not all dogs attack nor do humans. Every dog is different and so is every human. There are bad dogs in all breeds, so what says that all Pit Bulls are bad? Yes Pit Bulls have gotten a bad reputation from how the media have portrayed them. The media will more likely broadcast a child being attacked by a Pit Bull before they would air anything about a golden retriever attacking someone. I’d like to point out another particularly vicious breed, the boxer. The boxer has an instinct, that if it smells blood it will attack. So why do they not ban the boxer breed as well? Is it really okay that if a few dogs in a breed are bad, the whole breed must be banned?
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The way a dog is brought up will reflect on it’s attitudes of living and the actions it makes. Everyone is different, thus everyone has a different view on how to raise their dog. If you – as an owner – were to play rough with your dog all the time, they will think it is okay or justified to play rough all the time. I overcame my fear of dogs with a dog that is an example of having raised a gentle dog. They raised the dog in such away that it does not attack. The government should not only look at the breed but the owners as well. How are they going to raise their dogs and what are their intentions with their dogs? Is it not reflected upon how a dogs’ behaviour is based on how it was raised?
The government’s main purpose of this new law is to make our communities safer. I do not believe it is making our communities safer. The government has now outlawed this breed, while there are other breeds that pose just as much danger to the community. When in public, all dogs should be on a leash, but do people follow this rule? Is this rule enforced? This poses a danger to the community because if you cannot control your dog it could run off and possibly attack a child in a neighbouring area. They should begin to place stricter guidelines on other breeds as well. There are a great amount of dog lovers out there who are outraged by the ban. There will be some people who will not abide by the law and will breed the dog illegally. Would you not think this would pose more of a danger with illegal dogs being in our communities?
Should certain dog breeds be banned from the city In London there is controversy over whether a bylaw should be passed banning certain dog breeds. Many people support this view, yet many people oppose it. A solution must be formed to prevent young children from being mauled by vicious dogs. Many people agree that pit bulls and Rottweilers should be banned from the city. These people believe that ...
Outlawing one entire breed is unjust. Could it not be called canine genocide when you wipe out an entire breed? Eventually there will not be anymore Pit Bulls residing in Ontario. All dogs are different, you cannot base the behaviour of a breed based on a small number of dogs. Pit Bulls are a breed of dog like any other. Why do they ban one breed and not another?