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Ban a Pit bull, Save a Life: Why the Ontario Ban against Pit bull Terriers Should Remain in Place

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“Mom! Mom! The dogs got Cody. The dogs got Cody” (Vancouver Sun, 2007). Just a few days after Christmas in 2004, these are the cries that awoke Sheri Fontaine. Fontaine raced from her bed into the living room to find her three-year old son, Cody Fontaine, savaged by the dogs that were staying temporarily in her house. Tragically, young Cody did not survive the attack. A young life taken, a mother’s life ruined. Sadly, this story is not as uncommon as one of violence against people, they exhibit highly stubborn characteristics that make them difficult to control, and such bans have proven to be extremely effective.

In 2005, the Ontario Liberal government passed The Dog Owner’s Liability Act: a ban against pit bull terriers in the province. After the bill passed, Attorney General Michael Bryant said, “Mark my words, Ontario will be safer” (Ontario passes ban on pit bulls, 2005). The legislation prevented people from acquiring a number of breeds of dogs that would be classified as pit bulls. In addition, Ontario residents who already owned a pit bull terrier prior to the ban were required to neuter and muzzle their animals. Such policies against this breed of animal are not unprecedented. In fact, similar laws are already in place in Britain, France and Germany. In Canada, Winnipeg has had a ban against pit bull terriers in place for 20 years (Ontario passes ban on pit bulls, 2005). Ontario and other regions have imposed these sanctions because the evidence clearly indicates that pit bull terriers pose a much higher than average risk to people.

Pit bull terriers have a long track record of attacks against people and animals. A 1987 study of a particularly savage attack against a child was documented by four doctors in the hopes...

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Ruryk, Z. (2008, March 2). One endangered species: But pit bull attacks are down. Retrieved April 20, 2011, from Toronto Sun:

http://www.torontosun.com/News/TorontoAndGTA/2008/03/02/4887415-sun.html

Smith, C. (2009, April 9). Media coverage of Surrey pit bull attack prompts protest by Vancouver pit bull owners. Retrieved April 20, 2011, from Straight.com: http://www.straight.com/article- 213929/media-coverage-surrey-pit-bull-attack-prompts-protest-vancouver-pit-bull-owners

Vancouver Sun. (2007, February 6). Kids' cries woke mom of boy, 3, killed by dogs' bites. Retrieved April 20, 2011, from Canada.com:

http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/story.html?id=a79e501c-14a2-4964-aa02- f9a5ab25d2a5

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes how sheri fontaine found her three-year-old son, cody, savaged by the dogs that were staying temporarily in her house. the story is not as uncommon as one of violence against people.
  • Explains that the ontario liberal government passed the dog owner’s liability act: a ban against pit bull terriers in the province.
  • Explains that pit bull terriers have a long track record of attacks against people and animals.
  • Opines that the ban against pit bull terriers should remain in effect in ontario because they have a long established track record effective vicious-dog legislation.
  • States that a more comprehensive study, tracking dog attacks throughout canada and the united states, revealed that pit bull terriers were by far the most dangerous breed of dog when it comes to attacks against people.
  • Explains that even if a dog owner has never witnessed aggression from his pit bull terrier, the instinct to attack and kill still lies dormant within the animal.
  • Explains lockwood and rindy's 1987 study that pit bull terriers are different from other dogs in a number of fundamental ways.
  • Opines that the ontario ban against pit bull terriers is not unfounded, and it has indeed been effective at curbing attacks.
  • Opines that the ontario ban against pit bull terriers should remain in effect because this particular breed of dog is associated with more attacks on humans than all other breeds of dogs put together.
  • Explains that ontario passed a ban on pit bulls in 2005 and cites b. r. baack, j. o. kucan, g. m. demarest, and e. c. smoot.
  • Analyzes lockwood, r., & rindy, k.'s analysis of the pit bull terrier controversy. raghavan, m. (2008). fatal dog attacks in canada, 1990–2007.
  • Explains that media coverage of the surrey pit bull attack prompts protest by vancouver pit bull owners.
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