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Parade magazine BSL poll - go vote

Discussion in 'Canine News/Informative Articles' started by JanS, Sep 13, 2009.

  1. JanS

    JanS DCF Owner Administrative Staff Moderator Hot Topics Subscriber

    Preventing Fatal Dog Attacks | Parade.com

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    Preventing Fatal Dog Attacks
    Dogs have killed at least 20 Americans so far this year, including a 3-day-old infant, a 20-year-old man, and an elderly couple last month alone. In two of the three attacks, the killers were pit bulls. In the last 27 years, more than 320 people have been killed by dogs—nearly half of them pit bulls. Though still small, the number of dog-bite fatalities is increasing: from an average of 13 a year in the 1990s to more than 30 annually in recent years.

    In response, local governments from Prince George’s County, Md., to Dodge City, Kan., and Denver, Colo., have enacted “breed-specific” legislation banning the possession of pit bulls. Montana, Oregon, and Hawaii are considering statewide bans. Jim Graham, a councilman in Washington, D.C., wants to bar pit bulls from the nation’s capital. “Anyone who has been near a pit bull can tell you why they need to be banned,” Graham says. “There is something endemic in this breed that prompts violence and cruelty when raised in the wrong hands.”



    Animal-protection groups like The Humane Society of the U.S. say the problem lies with irresponsible owners, not their pets. “Pit bulls are the fad ‘dangerous dogs’ right now, but if they are banned, reckless people will simply find another breed,” says Adam Goldfarb of The Humane Society, which supports consumer education and strict enforcement of leash laws. Besides, the group claims, there is little evidence that breed-specific legislation is effective. U.S. cities where pitbulls are outlawed have not seen dramatic decreases in attacks, nor are there fewer deadly dog bites in Great Britain, where pit bulls have been banned for almost 20 years.

    — J. Scott Orr
     
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  2. Apollo

    Apollo Novitiate

    thanks JanS, i went and voted already :)
     
  3. BreesMom

    BreesMom Novitiate

    Thanks for the link, I voted too.
     
  4. Dobiegirl

    Dobiegirl Novitiate

    I voted.......when will the public ever get educated??
     
  5. Apollo

    Apollo Novitiate

    the day they want to get educated:mad:
     
  6. JanS

    JanS DCF Owner Administrative Staff Moderator Hot Topics Subscriber

    Thanks for voting ladies!

    This is a major insert in most of the larger Sunday newspapers, and they do post poll results in the next weeks issue, so it's a good way to have your voice heard.....
     
  7. apbtmom76

    apbtmom76 Guest

    Thank you for voting!
    Yes 22%

    No 78%


    alright we are winning and these polls are of no use they don't use them except in the case that the yes wins. But thank you for posting this Jan, I voted also :D
     
  8. MyBuddy

    MyBuddy Moderator Hot Topics Subscriber

    Voted....interesting that the NO's are winning...someone should take notice!grrrrrr
     
  9. hall.christopher

    hall.christopher Novitiate

    Hmmm.....I wonder if this councilman JimGraham has ever owned a pitbull...hmm i think not!So what gives him the right to comment on an animal that he has never had the fortune to handle?? Sounds to me there is a bit of a witch hunt on this matter.the humane society got it right, arrest the owners cos lets face it they are the one's like me and you that are responsible for the health wellbeing and training of the animal.So if they cannot do that give the dog to someone who can!AND STOP GIVING THIS DOG A BAD NAME!I also will blame the media but i have not got enough room on this page for me to tell you about what i think of them scaremongers!
     
  10. apbtmom76

    apbtmom76 Guest

    well said Chris, tahnk you. I to agree the owners should be dealt with and not the dog, unless it is a dire case, which I do understand. And one of the bills that I went to fight this year came froma councilman in San Antonio who used to own a Rottie and was going for this law, I was sooo angry. :(
     
  11. hall.christopher

    hall.christopher Novitiate

    I don't blame you for being angry Tye ,i am livid,politicians get my blood boiling!
     
  12. Dragonflyz

    Dragonflyz Member

    I'm going to check this link out now, but I hope whoever put it up wasn't trying to say that that picture of the dog is a pit bull!!!! Because it sure doesn't look like one!

    That's the problem with this sweet loving breed, the big block headed 90lb dogs that are being dubbed pit bulls are usually far from that!!! I think pit bulls are one of the most mis-identified breed there is. Every muscular, big mouthed, bully type dog is called a pit bull by John Q public and that is why they have such a bad rap. GET YOUR BREEDS RIGHT FOLKS!!!!! Ok I'm done venting now I will go check the link. LOL
     
  13. Dragonflyz

    Dragonflyz Member

    Just voted and good news.... No's are winning!!!
    80% No 20%yes
     
  14. hall.christopher

    hall.christopher Novitiate

    Good idea DF
     
  15. apbtmom76

    apbtmom76 Guest

    Dragonflyz, you are so very correct, hmmm I have a game, need to find it... is a great way for people to see how misinformed they are about my beloved breed. If it weighs 90lbs, it is NOT and I repeat NOT an APBT, it is a pit bull mix, mastiff mix, or a Am Bully or some other variation of the bully breed. grrr people piss me off.
     
  16. BreesMom

    BreesMom Novitiate

    There are three familys in Sarnia fighting for their dogs lives right now. In Sarnia pit bulls are not allowed and these people were walking their dogs and animal control comes along and takes them because he thinks they look like pit bulls. So now animal control doesn't have to prove they are pit bulls before pts but the family has to get a breed expert in to prove they are not. They had a picture of one in the paper and it sure looked to me like a boxer mix just like the family claims. The family had a note from two different vets stating they were not pit bulls but animal control will only accept the word of a breed expert. I really feel animal control should have the breed expert assess a dog BEFORE taking the dog away from the family!!
     
  17. MyBuddy

    MyBuddy Moderator Hot Topics Subscriber

    The one on the link?? NO, that looks like the one we talked about that my daughter likes,...I think jst told me it's a Black Mouth Cur?? That's what I thought it was as soon as I saw it.

    And Tye, I JUST had a conversation with someone about the size and breed of Pits, trying to tell someone about a dog that was NOT a Pit and I told them some of what I've learned, that an pure Pit is really smaller than most people think! They were arguing with me that some dog was a Pit Bull (and he was huge) and I told them it was a mix of some other dog! Hard arguing when you are not truly informed like you, but at least with the size thing I think I was right.:eek:
     
  18. apbtmom76

    apbtmom76 Guest

    BM - I hope those families get their dogs back, I know that I have APBT's and a mix, and what is a breed expert on APBT's anywayz, unless you get an old dogman/woman or someone who is really really educated on the breed, how can they be considered an expert, any yahoo could say they were an expert, grrr, hate AC sometimes also, they are worthless when it comes to this breed.

    MB - You were right and I am glad you stood up and told him he was wrong, next time, tell him to come join pitbull-chat.com, ;) He will learn TONS of stuff there on this great breed. I told ya girl, you keep asking the questions and you will be the most informed person in your town about pit bulls, ;) I just don't get how people can argue, I mean I know they think they believe what they are saying but it is pure ignorance, do people not understand htat is why there are sooooo many dogs in shelters cause NOONE did their homework on the breed, especially APBT's or any mix, because of their high prey and energy drive, most ppl can't handle them.
    Thank you for saying your peice to him MB, I bet he went home and thought about it, no matter what he says, he was wrong, lol. Even a game bred, Colby line was the biggest and he had some big boys at 70lbs, but never one over that. So yes you WERE right :D
     
  19. MyBuddy

    MyBuddy Moderator Hot Topics Subscriber

    Thanks Tye, I thought I was right on this one! ;) What he and most people (including myself! Before Tye that is ;)) go by, is the shape of the head. All Pits seem to be grouped by that criteria.
     
  20. Dragonflyz

    Dragonflyz Member

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