Debbie McCall J Nobles Comp I December 15, 2011 Why Pit Bulls Should Not Be Banned Many people worldwide are afraid of Pit Bulls. They are no different from any other dog in the world. They are affectionate companions, generally healthy and easy to care for, people oriented, loyal to their owners, eager to please, and have a high tolerance to pain. These are some of the qualities that make them good pets. I believe that they should not be banned because 99% of issues that arise with Pit Bulls have to do with owners who are idiots (pitbulls. rg). Many people believe that Pit Bulls are dangerous and not good pets for families that have small children. They say that Pit Bulls are inherently dangerous, yet there have been a number of studies that show different. According to the American Temperament Test Society, temperament evaluations of American Pit Bull Terriers shows that this breed has a very high passing rate of 82. 6%. The average passing rate for the other 121 breeds of dogs in the tests is 77% (dog bite). The breed that Pit Bulls come from has many good traits.

By nature they are intelligent, fun loving, and affectionate. They may need more help, compassion, and understanding than many other breeds but they will pay you back with more love, loyalty, and fun than ever thought possible. Pit Bulls are very responsive to training and are eager to please. Pit Bulls react to their world based on their breeding and training. They are classified as having an average temperament with breeds such as the Golden Retriever actually being known to be more aggressive (defend pit bulls). Many people believe that Pit Bulls should be banned.

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They are already banned in a number of places that are not only here in America but worldwide. Here in America they are banned in Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Utah, Washington, and West Virginia. Internationally they are banned in Ontario, Canada, Australia, France, UK, Norway, Italy, Denmark, China, and New Zealand (ABC news). There are many reasons that Pit Bulls should not be banned. Most dog problems are generally problems with owner responsibility and are not limited to any certain breeds.

Pit Bulls do have the genetic potential to be aggressive to other animals but by nature, they are very good with people unless trained otherwise. A dog that has been raised properly, socialized, and trained will be easier to handle (paws rescue). Banning Pit Bulls would be like banning car because people get killed in car accidents! Who’s responsible, the car or the driver/manufacturer? Any car can be deadly in the wrong hands or if built with defective parts. The same goes for dogs (pit bulls on the web).

Many people believe that Pit Bulls were bred for dog fighting and will fight with little to no provocation and have a high threshold for pain. Those people also believe that unlike guard dogs like the German Shepard they don’t attempt to simply restrain their opponents by holding, they try to inflict maximum damage by biting, holding, shaking, and tearing. Some even say that they frequently attack without so much as a growl, baring their teeth, or even offer a direct stare before they strike. They say they are dangerous because they are purposefully trained as a breed to be dangerous.

In the early 19th century Pit bull were used for the purpose of bull baiting. Parliament took a stand amd banned the practice of bull baiting in 1835. With bull baiting banned, dog breeders turned their attention to dog fighting. However in the 1870’s the Pit Bull arrived in America as an all-around farm dog and frontier guardians. Pit Bulls do have a high threshold for pain, which makes them better therapy dogs (pit bull rescue). Pit Bulls do not have locking jaws; it is a dog’s strength and drive that result in a tight hold.