Originally Posted by Mygala
I have a good friend who owns several Pits. Her personal opinion (opposite of most Pit owners) is that if there are tough enough regulations agains Pit owners, the good owners will stick it out and eventually the bad ones will be caught and put out of the business of Pit ownership. Once Pits are only owned by resposible people, the incidents concerning them will drop off to nil.... She figures this way, Pit owners can take a hand in writing the legislation and make sure they have an even chance of seeing and end to the tunnel....
What kind of regulations are we talking about? Right now the majority of BSL I read about is outright banning of pits, euthanizing pits, sending pits to labs to be tested upon, etc. In the softer BSL you have things like mandatory muzzling, which is inhumane when done long term (in my opinion) and can create aggression problems in dogs. This hurts the animals and, since it does, I refuse to support any of it. The animals are my number one concern.
Also, what we should do is concentrate on weeding out ALL bad or irresponsible pet owners, not just those that own pit bulls. They aren't the only dog to bite, attack or otherwise harm humans or other animals. They aren't even the most likely to bite. They are, however, the most likely to be involved in a fatal attack. Still, so few kill each year. It's hardly the epidemic that the media would have us believe.
We need to stop irresponsible owners. They are the source of dog attacks, abuse, neglect, cruelty, and the reason we have a dog overpopulation problem.
The majority of dog attacks involve an unneutered male dog. Mandatory spay/neuter is something to consider, perhaps. Companion animals do not need to remain intact (except in rare cases where health problems make it unsafe to alter.) Companion animals who also happen to be championed, health and temperament tested should be allowed to remain intact. No other animals should be bred. We do not have enough homes for all the dogs we create.