Friday, March 28, 2008
Pasadena, CA - The editorial board of the Pasadena Star-News gets frank and specific regarding the proposed breed-specific regulation to sterilize pit bulls in the city.
"Laws aimed at protecting public safety must deal with the plain facts of this world and not worry so much about appeasing a very few quibblers. Such is the case with one local city's proposed law mandating spaying and neutering of pit bull dogs."They point out that certain breeds have been trained for so long in one direction or another that certain traits have become literally inbred. Canine experts agree, for instance, that while some pit bulls are loving, an undeniable aggression has been purposely bred into them. Some pit bulls are what trainers call "dog-aggressive," they lash out only at animals. And some, through training or instinct, are "people-aggressive."
The editors at the Pasadena Star-News do not believe that pit bulls need to be eradicated entirely. That's going too far. But given the problems with attacking people and other pets they have caused locally, and the huge numbers of them abandoned at local animal shelters, they agree that a spay or neuter requirement for pit bulls is a prudent move for Pasadena.
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| 3/31/2008 4:43 PM |
Breed Specific problems require breed specific solutions. The Pit Community has had amble time to fix this. Instead, they have chosen to produce more dogs and sell them to unqualified owners.
| 4/02/2008 3:25 AM |
Spaying and neutering won't stop breeders surrounding Pasadena, so this will have little impact on availability. What's more, there's little evidence to suggest spaying and neutering sufficiently curtails aggression in dogs bred for aggression. Fixing a labrador does not diminish its drive to swim and retrieve, any more than fixing diminishes a border collie's herding ability. The breed function remains intact, even when reproductive status is not intact.
Anyone in doubt should revisit the details of Actor Peter Strauss' pit bull event -- yet another episode of, ‘When Neutered Pit Bulls Attack,’ from just a week ago.
| 4/02/2008 4:09 AM |
MOST excellent point you make anonymous! But mandatory spay/neuter does help solve the "over population of unwanted pit bulls" that end up in shelters to be euthanized or adopted out to God knows who. It also helps the dogfighting problem. Sterilization is a step in the right direction for policymakers in larger cities unwilling to combat the pit bull lobby directly and STAND UP for future victim rights.
That said, all that you write is painfully true. Sterilization is a Band-Aid unless surrounding communities adopt similar measures. What you might not know is that many communities surrounding larger cities often have strict policies regarding pit bulls. The pit bull lobby does not target these communities as extensively. In the area of Seattle, Washington, for instance, most cities around it have pit bull bans and restrictions to deal with the very point you mention including Everett, Auburn, Kirkland and Seatac.
| 4/02/2008 12:51 PM |
Here's a better link: Washington State