Persuasive Essay On Pitbulls

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It is a beautiful day outside: the sun is shining high in the sky, there is a slight breeze in the warm air, and there are plenty of young children running around laughing and playing in the park. A woman walks her chocolate Labrador down one of the dirt walking trails; people comment on how cute the dog is, and some even let their children go over to pet the dog. Further back, down that same trail, a man is getting into shape by walking his American Pit Bull Terrier. The atmosphere suddenly changes for the same people around this animal. People on the trail try to avoid the dog and few make comments to their children to stay away; “that is a mean dog.” Only this Pitbull is not “mean,” this dog has never hurt a human or another animal in her…show more content…
The attack enraged the community and drove the local government to ban pit bulls from the city. Several days after the boy’s death, details leading up to the attack quietly emerged on the back pages of local newspapers. The “family dog” actually belonged to someone else; a neighborhood teenager had stolen the male pit bull a month earlier from its owner’s backyard. There was speculation that the teen may have abused the pit bull in hopes of “turn[ing] him into a fighting dog.” The teenager feared being caught, so he offered the dog for sale on the street. The victim’s father bought the dog and took him home…show more content…
Dogs become violent due to learned behavior. Most of the “violent” pit bulls in our country were raised to be that way: in order to fight other dogs for sport, by being mistreated, abused, or neglected by its owner, or by never being properly trained. Loewe points out that, “The Pitbull’s aggressiveness may be a combination of genetic based aggressiveness coupled with inner city environmental factors in that these animals are quite often trained to protect, fight, and guard and are therefore duty-bound to behave aggressively” (Loewe et al.); this statement should not just pertain to Pitbulls, but to all dogs. A Dalmatian can play too rough and hurt a person or another dog if it is not taught when to back down. It is the owner’s responsibility how the dog turns out in any breed. They have the ability and opportunity to focus their time and energy into what type of dog they want to raise. As Rollin claims, “people who want to own vicious dogs will own them, regardless of what breed they are. Almost any animal can be made mindlessly aggressive by agitating it, tying it to a short lead, disallowing positive human contact, using poor genetic selection, and employing training methods that evoke paranoia or hostility”
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