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Pitbulls should be illegal

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Started: 9/30/2015 Category: News
Updated: 1 year ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Griffin_McKnight

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On the news it shows a 72 year old man killed by a pit-bull. Pit-bulls are very vicious even if you train them because they are so loyal to you that they will do anything for you, like you have a cat, they will kill for you to be the top animal and top priority for you that they will do anything. Like in the T.V show on ID network... " I'll kill for you.
Canuckleball

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First, "pit-bull" is an arbitrary term to describe one or more of the following breeds: American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, American Bulldog and Bull Terrier.

Second, pit-bulls are not an inherently aggressive dog. The most aggressive dog breeds are smaller dogs, such as the Dachshund, Chihuahua, and Jack Russell Terrier. Pit-bulls score average to below average on the dog aggression scale. They are dangerous because of their incredibly strong jaw and powerful build, not their temperament.

Third, pit-bulls are victim to a number of external factors other dogs do not face. Pit-bull owners tend to be lower income owners who get a dog with the intention of using that dog's aggressive side (protection, fighting, etc.). They will train the dogs to be aggressive, or not properly train out the natural aggression all puppies show at a young age. Additionally, pit-bulls are victim to media sensationalization. Stories about viscious pit-bull attacks that rip people's arms off sell better than bites from smaller dogs, or dogs which are commonly thought of as non-aggressive, such as Labradors and Retrievers (both of which have many attacks on record).

There is no good reason to have a ban against pit-bulls. One gets trapped in a slippery slope argument defending Rottweilers, Huskies, and Bullmastiffs (all incredibly strong jawed dogs) while trying to find justifications against pit-bulls. When we separate fact from myth, we see that breed is not the determining factor in dog attacks, but rather the responsibility of the owner.
Debate Round No. 1
Griffin_McKnight

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Canuckleball

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My opponent has forfeited this round, so I will just provide sources for my arguments.

Duffy, D et al, Breed differences in canine aggression, Applied Animal Behaviour Science
Volume 114, Issues 3"4, 1 December 2008, Pages 441"460 http://www.sciencedirect.com.subzero.lib.uoguelph.ca...

Wells, D et al, The personality of "aggressive" and "non-aggressive" dog owners, Personality and Individual Differences
Volume 53, Issue 6, October 2012, Pages 770"773
http://www.sciencedirect.com.subzero.lib.uoguelph.ca...

Dog bites in The Netherlands: A study of victims, injuries, circumstances and aggressors to support evaluation of breed specific legislation
AuthorsJessica M.R. CornelissenHans Hopster
Source InformationDecember 2010, Volume186(Issue3) Page p.292To-298
http://journals2.scholarsportal.info.subzero.lib.uoguelph.ca...
Debate Round No. 2
Griffin_McKnight

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Canuckleball

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Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by MizzEnigma 1 year ago
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Not all pitbulls are like that. Some, if not many of them, are incredibly sweet. Their feistiness just depends on how you train and raise them. :/ I had a pitbull and she wouldn't hurt a fly.
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