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Can you imagine having a family member taken away from you? This is what it is like for some people and their dogs. In towns all around the country, certain dog breeds, such as pit bulls, are being banned from living there. They are supposedly too dangerous and too unpredictable. However, this is usually not the dog’s normal behavior. In most dog attacks that involve children under fifteen years old, the cause is that the child was mistreating the animal or doing something that triggers their “defense mode.” Communities should not be allowed to ban certain breeds of dogs because it is usually the mistreatment of the dog by their owner that leads to the attacks, not the nature of the breed.
In most cases, dogs attack because they are defending their territory and belongings. Dogs need to protect what they love. About two-thirds of attacks happen on the dog’s property. Most of these also involve trespassing, which should not be happening anyway. If someone was trying to break into your house, would you not try to stop them? This is the same situation with the dogs and some random people walking on their territory. Dogs will defend themselves from nearly anyone. They will attack any person if they are doing something that irritates them or that they take as a threat. They will also go after any type of animal. This proves how dedicated they are to protecting their territory. They also will go to the extremes to protect the people they love. Everyone has heard stories of dogs saving lives. Some dogs will save a drowning person, and others will find someone lost on a mountain. These are all true events. Some dogs have even died saving their owner. If another person or animal is taken as a threat to their owner, dogs will attack to defend them.
Dogs mainly become aggressive when treated poorly or when abused. It is sick to think that some people would be cruel enough to hurt a dog. In most cases they are chained to a tree or some object and left alone with no food or water. When this happens they will think everyone is a threat and that they are trying to hurt them. According to the American Humane Society (A.H.S), chained dogs are 2.8 times more likely to bite someone than an unchained dog and that 25% of fatal dog attacks involve chained dogs. Another reason for attacks is improper behavior. Most children do not know the correct way to act around dogs. No one should ever approach a dog you don’t know or sneak up on a busy one. Kids are very prone to doing this. The Humane Society of the United States claims that 50% of dog attacks happen with children under twelve years old. A major cause for all these attacks are dog fights. People take dogs and teach them to be aggressive. They bet money on which dog will win in a fight. A lot of dogs die from this. The ones that are let free are usually the strays that attack because they are doing what they are taught to do.
Why would these people only choose select breeds? All dogs, no matter what size, can have a powerful and painful bite. Pit bulls and Rottweiler’s are not the only breeds that attack. The reason people think the tougher looking dogs are the most dangerous is because they are used in the black-market business. This is not the dog’s fault; it is the evil people that teach them to attack. Most people wouldn’t think of dogs like Huskies ton attack. It turns out that Huskies are ranked as most dangerous, just behind Rottweiler’s and Pit bulls! Why should we keep banning dog breeds even though it has not worked before? The A.H.S says that breed-specific legislation (BSL) has done barely anything to stop attacks. A county in Maryland has spent $560,000 to enforce B.S.L, and it turned out to be a waste. Why not spend money on something that people will actually benefit from: People should work harder on catching the criminals that run dog fights instead of blaming the dogs for all the attacks.
Communities must not ban certain dog breeds due to attacks. They need to ban bad dog owners instead of the animals. Towns should not be allowed to ban selected dog breeds because in more than two-thirds of the time, it is the owner’s fault, not the dogs. Since towns are banning dogs from living there, it also means that they are preventing families from moving in and making choices based on what pet they want.

Please share your opinion on whether or not, certain breeds should be banned from neighborhoods.
 

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I don't think certain breeds should be banned but I think there should be requirements when it comes to owning a dog. I'll agree most incidents that occur are the fault of the owner and not the dog, but yet the dog is to always be blamed. Perhaps if people were more educated on breeding, the breeds they get, and the resources available. So many accidents could be prevented. Of course, this is in a perfect world.
 

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So much of what you posted about what causes attacks is completely untrue.

Did you write this or is it from another source?

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Too perfect, has to be copied.

Just another version of what we have been talking about here on this Forum.
 

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And bites of children: lack of understanding how to behave around dogs doesn't help, but infants CAN'T act right or wrong, and they make up a LARGE percentage of such bites, and they certinally aren't mis-treating the dogs.....
 

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Congratulations on trying to be a part of the solution, but you should amend the essay to include information from reputable sources.

As to the topic, no, I do not think breed bans work. I think owner responsibility is key to preventing dog bites. Laws need to hold owners truly accountable for the actions they allow their pets to commit. Personally, I think microchipping should be mandatory so that the owners can be tracked down and made to be responsible legally.
 

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I wrote this essay for a school project

Ooooh, in that case, how old are you?
You might not have the best sources for your information and might want to do a bit better research.
The truth isn't so black and white. Dogs don't bite only for to protect their owners and because they are treated poorly. There are many reasons for a dog to bite - out of fear/insecurity, when they are hunting etc. Infact, most dog bites happen within a family or amongst friends.
Dogs don't always perceive the same things as threats as us humans do, and us humans can not always read their body language very well, so that can cause situations where the dog feels he/she had no other choice than to bite, and for the human it happened "out of nowhere".
Banning certain dog breeds does not help with the problem, because it does not eliminate the underlying problem WHY bites happen. Its like taking someone's car away rather than sending them to driving school.
 

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All BSL will do is lessen the incidence of bites for the banned breed because there will be very few of those dogs in the area of the ban. It will not lessen dog bites as a whole.

Ban Pit Bulls and people who want that type of dog will go out and get a similar bully breed. Once that breed becomes popular enough the bite incidences for that breed will also go up. Force the Pit Bull breed to go extinct and people will go out and fight another type of dog, and that breed will suddenly become evil in the eyes of the general public. The problem IS NOT pit bulls, it's people.

I wish people would realize that if pit bulls and their mixes were really the time bomb, monsters, just waiting for a chance to turn on humans that they are portrayed t be, there would be a thousand times more bites occurring per year then there are.
 
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