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My question at issue is whether or not pit bulls are dangerous by nature and should be banned or if they are just perceived to be more aggressive because of their reputation as fighters dogs. The main problem associated with this issue is that cities around the world and in the United States are passing laws that ban pit bulls, because they are thought to be vicious creatures and will attack without warning. According to one of the sources I found while doing research, pit bulls are more dangerous than German Shepards even though they were less likely to bite. This is because pit bulls were more likely to attack without being provoked, which showed they were more aggressive (Avner, Baker, 1991). This article did not seem very reliable or thought out. To say that attacking without a reason is worse than attacking for a reason seems flawed. Both dogs still did something wrong, I think it relates to ethics when comparing two men that steal. One does it for his family and the other does it for fun. Should they not be punished the same? Are they both not classified as thieves? My second source had a good point of bringing up the fact that the name pit bull is a general name and is not only referring to one breed. This makes it hard to really believe if what the victims think was a pit bull was in fact actually a pit bull (Collier, et al., 2001). This means that without an actual definition and description of what breeds fall under the name pit bull, there is no telling if a dog is one or not, at least in legal terms. Each person can have a similar image in their head of what a pit bull is, but even then everyone’s image will be a little different. This causes problems with BSL, because how is it that someone can ban a certain breed if there isn’t one to ban?

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Spotting a pit bull.

If you looked at 10 pictures of different kinds of dogs do you think you could tell which one was a pit bull? Many people don’t realize that the term pit-bull is used to describe many different breeds, mainly terriers or bull dogs. There is an American Pit bull terrier, but the majority of dogs that are called a pit-bulls are not this breed. So how can making breed restrictive laws be OK when people are not even sure what a pit-bull actually looks like?

FOX 2 news in St. Louis created a test for their viewers to take to determine if they could accurately choose which dog was the pit-bull (meaning the American Pit Bull Terrier). The viewers had 10 pictures of dogs to choose from and the people that they interviewed, which were chosen from workers at the dog shelter, had to pick the right one out of over 30 dogs. Over 40% of people who voted online picked a dog called the Dogo Argentino, and only 25% of the people guessed the right dog. The video goes on to explain another study with similar results where the government wrongly seized 75% of dogs thinking they were pit-bulls, but DNA testing showed they were wrong. If you would like to watch the video for yourself here is the website: http://fox2now.com/2013/02/06/fox-files-pit-bulls-wrongly-blamed-for-dog-attacks/ and if you would like to take to take the quiz to see if you can spot the pit-bull then here is the link to that: http://fox2now.com/2013/02/06/poll-can-you-spot-the-pitbull/. Make sure you take the quiz first, because the results are in the video.

Even though these examples do not portray the whole population, it gives a good reason against BSL. The only way to be sure if a dog is a certain breed is through DNA testing, which would end up being very expensive for the state. So to save innocent lives and save heartbreak for many families, the government should consider alternative options.

Or best friends like this one may be put down or given up for no reason at all.

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Pinups Promote Positive Image For Pit Bulls

It is nice to see people working together to help rid of the pit bulls bad image.

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By Syma Chowdhry

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Lights – camera – take action!

The organization Pinups for Pitbulls is shooting their 2014 calendar in a photography studio in Overbrook.

Deidre Franklin started the group in 2005 to promote a better image for pit bulls.

Pinups for Pitbulls helps rescue organizations and brings awareness to issues like Breed Specific Legislation, which targets pit bull-type dogs and restricts — or even bans — people from owning that breed.

The group believes pit bulls aren’t the problem – irresponsible people are.

“We try to get that education out there and help people understand that there is a much broader issue going on,” Franklin says. “People need to spay and neuter their pets and use positive training instead of using choke, or force or shock, which a lot of people do which creates fearful dogs.”

The calendar is their biggest…

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