Should Pit Bull Terriers be legal to own in the US?
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A very good example of this is the death of the 4 year Kara Hartrich. On April 29, 2014, Kara's mother, Roxanne, left for work and left her daughter at home with her husband. Her husband called as she was making her way home and asked why their family pitbull, Brutus, had been left outside. She said she didn't know why and hurried home. But when she got there she was met by a horrible sight; Her daughter Kara had been viciously mauled by two of their family pitbulls and later died from blood loss. The thing that makes this situation even more disturbing is the fact that these pitbulls had never displayed any signs of aggression before. In fact, Kara had picked them out as puppies and her mother previously described them as " Sweet, well mannered and gentle." This a perfect example of an incident where pitbulls have snapped into a violent state without any warning, not to mention both these dogs were raised well. Pitbulls have caused the most deaths out of any dog breed for this exact reason.
For this reason, I think pitbulls should not be legal to own in the US. This is because they are a serious danger to people, and especially young children.
Most dog fighting operations in the US have been shut down, and the culprits imprisoned. Only a couple rings still remain, and most dogs seized from dog fighters (breeds include more than just Pitbulls), unfortunately must be put to sleep because of their aggression towards people. However, most Pitbulls in the US come from responsible breeders, who watch for signs of aggression early on.
Any animal has the potential to do harm to a human, my dog ( a sweet-hearted min-pin) who is sitting right next to me as I'm writing this, has the jaw strength to rip my throat out. But he's never shown any intent of doing so. To ban an entire breed because of a couple irresponsible owners, is well, poorly thought out.
A 40 year old man was murdered by his 8 year old pitbull, Fat Boy, a day after Christmas in 2014. His family adored the dog, and worked hard to train it. It even slept in his daughter's bed at night. His wife said they never had trouble with the dog. You say your dog has never had the intent to do harm, but neither did Fat Boy or Brutus for that matter. In both these situations, well raised pitbulls had had never showed any sign of aggression and the family was completely shocked that it snapped and turned murderous.
I think I have proved, again, that pitbulls are a danger to people and are known to do serious harm without warning. They should be banned in the US because many people have already suffered from the reckless behavior this breed has shown very suddenly. In addition to this, I would like to add I actually love all dog breeds and want to do this for the good of the pitbull and people. Pitbulls who turn violent against others almost always have to be euthanized (killed). By banning pitbulls, we can prevent the deaths of innocent people and the dogs alike.
Source- Examiner.com (also linked to interview)
Based on the population, you can look at how many fatal attacks there have been and come up with a percent of likelihood you'd be fatally attacked by a Pit, as well as other dogs.
Pit Bulls: .00125 %
German Shepards: .00217%
Rottweilers: .00433 %
Based on this data, you can see that you are 4 TIMES more likely to be fatally attacke by a Rottweiler than a Pitbull, 2 times more likely to be killed by a German Shepard, and 3 times as likely to be killed by a Chow.
Pitbulls are not the only dangerous dogs in private homes.
Second of all, i'm basically going to repeat myself. I understand that it isn't just pitbulls that attack humans. What i'm trying to say is that this breed is more dangerous and more likely to become violent than the others you mentioned. (Perhaps with the exception of the Rottweiler) Both my parents worked in the ER at a childrens hospital, and in his time working there my father gave me this data in this experiences. There were two German Shepherd attacks, One golden retriever attack, and countless other pitbull/rottweiler attacks. He also said to me the pitbull attacks were the worst in terms of injuries and injury placement. (Such as a simple arm bite opposed to the neck or throat.) This is because the breed themselves are extremely muscular and capable of doing serious harm, more so than the other breeds.
My last and final point is something I really want you to understand- I am not against pitbulls. I'm a big animal lover, and think that banning them from the US is best for the people and the dog breed. Again, pitbulls that are involved in violent incidents usually have to be put down. Could you imagine if your mini pit attacked you and it had to be euthanized? That would be very traumatic for me for if i was in that position. The idea of removing pitbulls from families is not out of the question as you claim, because the government has to power to take them away, as it does with any illegal animal.
I think I should win this debate because
-My statistics and real life events are backed up with interviews of the people involved and news articles
- My opponent has failed to present data that is proved to be fact, and has not demonstrated he has used other sources for information
-My opponent has failed to successfully rebuttal my argument. Many of my points stand without being proven incorrect,
- I feel i have disproved his argument and my points are stronger and factual based.
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