Likewise, there is confusion on what breeds are dangerous. Dogsbite.org claims that breeds such as wolf-dog hybrids, dogo argentinos, presa breeds, cane corsos, and especially pit bulls are indeed dangerous animals and should be banned. However, there are discrepancies involved in even that statement. Of the listed breeds perhaps the most commonly targeted is the pit bull. But what exactly does anyone mean by pit bull?
Have you ever been or seen someone attacked by a dog? Dog attacks are a growing problem in the U.S today, often resulting in the euthanasia of usually non-aggressive dogs. Instead of direct euthanasia, these are the three details we need to focus on; we need more compensation because aggressive behavior displayed by dogs is usually a form of communication not a direct act of violence. Statistics of dog attacks have been running since the 1980’s, keeping tabs on the amount of attacks based upon breeds. Most of these attacks are brought on by miscommunication between humans and canines, due to the different types of communication.
Puppy mills are well-known for their “inhumane conditions” and the endless breeding of “unhealthy and genetically defective” dogs only for income. People should adopt rather than buy from a pet store or breeder. By adopting from a shelter, one could give a dog a second chance at a happy life. Hundreds of thousands of puppies are raised each year in commercial kennels (Puppymills Breed Misery). Puppy mills keep breed stock in horrible conditions for their short lives and produce unhealthy puppies with many issues.
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Nationwide, approximately 50 percent of all children will be bitten by a dog before they reach the age of twelve (DeIorio, “Have a Dog-Bite-Free Summer”). In Marion County, Florida, aggressive and dangerous breads of dogs are a “serious issue” for the community according to Marion County Commissioner Jim Payton (Thompson, “County drops '1 free kill'”). Responsible dog owners seem to be unaware of the problem but area residents who have been victims of these attacks have turned to the Marion County Board of Commissioners for help. The local County Commissioners have been wrestling with this issue since October of 2009 when a widow from Ocklawaha, Patricia McBee, had three of her dogs euthanized after they allegedly killed her neighbor’s cat (Thompson, “County drops ‘1 free kill’”). The need for change moved even faster after a 3-year-old little girl was attacked and killed by a dog that was chained to a tree outside her house in Citra (Lee, “Girl, 3, mauled”).
Unfortunately, many animals are abused, neglected, and treated inhumanely in several different forms every day and this coldhearted treatment of animals needs to stop. Although illegal, dogfighting is a common type of animal abuse. According to Linda Kalof and Carl Taylor, “The history of dog fighting begins with training dogs to attack humans and other animals in combative blood struggles, an activity of sport and spectacle that date to at least the fifth century BC” (Kalof and Taylor 321). The fact that people can train an innocent animal to kill other animals or even humans is sickening. This type of animal abuse has been going on for centuries and continues to happen very often in present day.
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Breed specific legislation also includes less absurd limits that include mandatory spay and neutering, muzzling, property posting requirements, special insurance requirements, breed-specific limitations, and various other rules. Breed specific laws cause numerous loving dogs to be put down each year (BSL, n.d.). Some laws and rules that are enforced are logical under circumstances, but others are questionable. Many people believe it is only Pit-bulls and Rottweilers that are targeted by BSL laws, but there are various breeds of dogs targeted with Breed Specific Legislation. In fact, there are 75 dog breeds in the United States that have been banned or restricted with BSL laws (75 dog breeds…, 2012).
The human society of the United States believes that “People with emotional problems may beat, shoot, or stab animals or set them on fire”(Animal abuse and neglect). From this point of view I believe that those who abuse animals are more likely to be violent towards others especially their families. Other then that animals all over the United States are abuse by “intentional abuse which occurs when a person purposely cause physical harm, injuries or the death of an animal”(ASPCA). Intentional abuse has been the cause of million of animals deaths and investigations and is a serious problem. Next would be neglect, which is an important one because it’s when an owner fails to “pro... ... middle of paper ... ... at least spread the word and tell people to help prevent animal cruelty and to adopt.