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Opening Arguments

The pits

The mayor of Indianapolis is sick of pit bulls and wants them banned:

The city's mayor on Wednesday said he'll ask the City-County Council to ban pit bulls in Marion County, citing recent dog attacks on residents.

"More kids and more people in our community (are) getting torn up by pit bulls, and I'm just sick to death of it," Mayor Bart Peterson told 6News' Rick Hightower.

Several pit-bull attacks on people were reported in the city this month. One of the most recent incidents happened last week, when a pit bull injured the 7-year-old daughter of its owner's girlfriend.

The problem with breed-specific bans is that it punishes the dogs instead of the monsters who misuse them. The pit bull is no more or less aggressive than most dogs, but it is powerful and a favorite of certain lowlife clowns who get off by turning animals into monsters:

Despite the stereotype, the average, sound-minded pit bull is not a threat where children are concerned. Though the AKC and UKC recommend that no child be left alone with any dog, the APBT, like many of its relatives, is a breed more likely not to know its own strength and knock a toddler down totally by accident rather than by force. Pit bulls were bred to have a high tolerance for pain and thus will put up with a child's tail yanking, horseplay, and tumbling with little complaint and no snapping. Though if the animal has reached a mature age it is not advisable to have a child left unattended. It is also a breed that is very strong for its size and weight, so adults and older children are better recommended to take the dog on its leash.

Fort Wayne has the right approach:

In addition, no dog that has been purchased, bred, sold, trained, or harbored for the purpose of dog fighting can be kept within the City.

It's not the breed; it's their masters.

Posted in: Hoosier lore


Bob G.
Thu, 05/31/2007 - 6:43am

One word, Leo....