When we heard the word Pit bull, most of us react in two different ways. In one way we think of a child killer and violent, viscous animal. In the other way we think of a misunderstood, family dog that everyone loves. Which one is right? Well, as many of us dog lovers know, Pit Bulls only behave in negative ways because of poor training, forced dog fighting, or physical abuse. All dogs are born the same way, sweet.
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That’s why one town in Kansas is upset over the pit bull ban in a local park.
On March 26, Kayla Bishop posted a photo on Facebook of a dog park in Andover, Kan., prohibiting pit bulls.
“My pup and I have been frequenting here quite often over the past months and have loved all of the friends we’ve made,” Kayla wrote. “We’ve met MANY wonderful and playful pitbulls [sic] while attending the dog park.”
Here’s how the city of Andover responded via Facebook: “It has been brought to our attention that the new signage in regards to “No Pit Bulls Allowed” at the Dog Park has made for some unhappy visitors. While we can appreciate differences of opinion, the City of Andover prohibits Pit Bulls within the city limits. This ordinance was put into place in 2000. As our City Dog Park is growing in popularity to those living outside of the city limits, the City felt it was necessary to post the sign so that all patrons of the Dog Park were made aware of our law.
For more information, the specific ordinance can be viewed at: http://andoverks.citycode.net/index.html#!articleDogsGeneral
We’d also like to take this time to remind everyone to please make sure you are following the rules while you are visiting the park. Because the park is unsupervised, we expect the visitors to be responsible and respectful during their pet’s play time.”
So who is right in this battle and why are people against Pit Bull regulations? Here’s why.
According to Dogbitelaw.com, there are many reasons why people oppose the breed ban laws.
- The USA generally does not favor the restriction and punishment of the masses based on the actions of a few.
- Focusing legislation on dogs that are “vicious” distracts attention from the real problem, which is irresponsible owners.
- These very breeds as a whole have proven their stability and good canine citizenry by becoming search and rescue dogs, therapy dogs working inside hospitals, herding dogs and family companions for years.
- Banning one so-called dangerous breed will merely hasten the upswing in popularity of some other breed that will be used for vicious attacks on people and other animals.
- There is no valid reason to deprive animal lovers of their well behaved pets.
- The reports and statistics are flawed. Among other things, a dog bite victim is usually unable to identify the breed of dog that bit him or her. Therefore, victims will name the type of dog that currently is on people’s minds as being the dangerous dog.
- There are better and fairer ways to protect the public. See, for example, the five-point program advanced by Animal Farm Foundation.
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