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Breed Specific Legislation. By Lisa Kolf. Breed Specific Legislation. Over 80 cities in Iowa and 9 cities in Illinois have banned pit bulls, including East Dubuque. Pit bulls have been unfairly labeled as a “vicious breed” based on the actions of a few, and should not be banned. The Facts.

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breed specific legislation
Breed Specific Legislation
  • Over 80 cities in Iowa and 9 cities in Illinois have banned pit bulls, including East Dubuque.
  • Pit bulls have been unfairly labeled as a “vicious breed” based on the actions of a few, and should not be banned.
the facts
The Facts
  • American Temperament Test Society tests dogs for aggression, fearfulness, friendliness, and behavior.
  • Pit bulls passed the tests at an above average rate compared to other breeds.
  • Dachshunds, Chihuahuas, and Jack Russel Terriers are the three breeds most likely to bite a human.
the real problems
The Real Problems

According to the ASPCA:

  • “78 percent [of dogs involved in dog bite cases] were maintained not as pets, but rather for guarding, image enhancement, fighting or breeding.
  • 84 percent were maintained by reckless owners—these dogs were abused or neglected, not humanely controlled or contained, or allowed to interact with children unsupervised.
  • More than 70 percent of all dog bite cases involve unneutered male dogs.
  • An unneutered male dog is 2.6 times more likely to bite than is a neutered dog.
  • A chained or tethered dog is 2.8 times more likely to bite than a dog who is not chained or tethered.
  • 97 percent of dogs involved in fatal dog attacks in 2006 were not spayed/neutered”
don t punish good dogs
Don’t Punish Good Dogs
  • Officer Jim Sack, disabled veteran and retired police officer.
  • Service dog named Snickers
  • City banned service dog because of his breed.
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Don’t Punish Good Dogs
  • “Squeaker” was rescued from Michael Vicks dogfighting ring in 2008
  • She and many others have happily settled with new families as loving pets.
opposition and rebuttal
Opposition and Rebuttal
  • “Pit bulls are the number one breed involved in lethal dog attacks”
  • Hasty generalization: Just because some pit bulls are dangerous doesn’t mean all are.
  • False cause: attacks are assumed to be because of the breed of the dog, when actually it is because of the individual dog’s background.
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Opposition and Rebuttal
  • “Lawmakers should step in to prevent dog attacks.”
  • Rebuttal: This can easily be done with legislation that does not ban specific breeds.
  • According to ASPCA, 2003 study found pit bull ban did not improve public safety, and other laws were sufficient to address dog aggression without profiling.
conclusion
Conclusion
  • Pit bull bans are not a reasonable way of dealing with dog aggression
  • Ignoring real causes of aggression and punishing good dogs and families