Breed Specific Legislation

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Imagine not being able to own a Saint Bernard, a Great Dane, a German Sheppard or even an American Bulldog. Not because your mom or dad said no, but because they were banned. One day this thought may very well become a reality, all due to the breed specific legislation. Breed specific legislation is an act in which a certain breed of dog is banned from being reproduced or even owned in certain areas. This legislation mostly focuses on breeds traditionally known as "dangerous," or those that have demonstrated particular propensities for aggression and violent behavior (www.animallaw.info/articles). Though, there are many for this banning of certain breeds, but many are also against the idea; including President Obama. Along with Obama I too am against this act for many of reasons; it will not prevent dog attacks all together. By implementing the breed specific legislation, it is not going to change anything because the dog itself is not just the problem; the owners are a big part of it as well.
First off, dogs are a product of what their owners make them. There are 78.2 million dogs owned in the United States alone and out that only 4.8 million have attacked; that is 12% of the population of dogs (www.humanesociety.org). Moreover, out of the 4.8 million dogs that have attacked most of them were raised and trained to attack by their owners. In the United States alone, dogfighting has been a big issue within urban areas. Dogs are put in a small closed off area to fight one another until one dog can no longer fight. The most common dog to be involved in a dogfight, and the number one dog to be banned, is commonly known as the Pit bull. What many people do not know though, is that the pit bull isn’t just one breed of dog. The American pit bull terriers, Staffordshire bull terriers, American Staffordshire terriers and bulldog are all referred to as pit bulls, as well. In…...

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