The video would have been better without the music and the fading in and out of the pictures -- that was hard on my eyes, and irritating to try to read while the music was going, but worried that they might start speaking so I couldn't turn the music off.
In any case, I know that some places have banned without grandfathering in existing dogs. That is why I mentioned it. I think something should be done. Too many serious attacks are happening. People are not being responsible with their dogs. What they ought to do about it, I really don't know. The thugs that own the dogs don't have anything to lose, so they aren't going to bother being responsible. The rest of the owners of these dogs suffer because of how they appeal to thugs.
I don't like the breed, and I will never own one; but I know that there are people out there that feel the same way about GSDs. I do not want them banned. But I think that something needs to be done. I am not against breed-specific legislation. If you have a breed that is responsible for 73% of the damage to children and 87% of the damage to adults, then, I think requiring owners of such a breed to hold an insurance policy covering the dogs, having containment that meets certain specifications, ensuring that they do not have any convictions for animal cruelty/dog fighting, ensuring they can pass a basic ownership test that spells out the related laws and possible consequences of what could happen if their dog attacks someone makes sense.
I mean, if you go and buy a shot gun no one is going to make you pass a test. But if you want to carry a concealed handgun than you do need a permit and be able to display that you understand the laws with respect to carrying.
At the end of the day, it is easier to ban the dog breed than it is to set up anything with regards to improving the safety by enforcing responsible ownership of the dogs.
And I understand the slippery slope. The dog-hating gargoyles won't stop with pit bulls, they will expand it to cover all the bully breeds, and then they will start in on the mastiff-breeds and working/protection/guarding/herding breeds.
Just like some people feel that only police and military need to have guns, people will also feel that only police and military should own formidable dogs.
And so, when I hear about people letting their dog go down the street on its own to play with the neighbor kids, or when I hear about people letting their dog send four separate people to the hospital for stitches, I don't mince words. But it seems like the rest of the dog-owners just don't see it as a big deal. And others want to avoid anything that looks remotely close to BSL, because they feel that then they will be safe. Personally, I do not think this it true. It is not BSL to ban dogs over 40 pounds. And then we have a lot more dogs in shelters being euthanized, only they just don't all look like pits. But we can all say, that won't happen here.
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