Friday, April 18, 2008
Provo, UT - In a recent Daily Herald article, the writer asks," Is it time to ban pit bulls in Utah Valley? Are they just too dangerous and hard to handle to be trusted?" He says that the pit bull problem in Provo is so bad in some areas that residents are afraid to go for a walk. He addresses pit bull traits as well:
The problem with pit bulls is that they don't give up. When one of them takes after you, you're in big trouble. For example, an Orem boy was recently honored for fighting off a pit bull that attacked his mother and a neighbor's dog. The pit bull continued its frenzied attack even as two humans punched and kicked it as they backed into the house. Even after they slammed the door on the dog's head it continued to try to enter the house.He goes on to cite Merritt Clifton and his research from Animal People News:
The most convincing research has been done by Merritt Clifton, an editor of Washington state-based Animal People, an independent newspaper providing original investigative coverage of animal protection worldwide. He cannot be accused of bias against animals. But his study provides frightening figures on pit bulls. His research found 2,209 dog attacks that caused serious injury or death from 1982 to 2006. Of these, well over half -- 1,182 -- were by pit bulls or pit bull mixes, far more than any other breed, even dogs such as Rottweilers.He also questions the idea that pit bull regulation is discriminatory. He calls this type of thinking "pure hogwash." He addresses, as DogsBite.org does, that traditional dangerous dog laws only kick in after a violent attack, after a new victim has been created. Whereas breed-specific laws stave off future attacks and prevent future victims from being created.
A city can promote harsh punishment of lax owners, but that's only after an incident. By then it might be too late for some innocent person who has been seriously injured or killed.DogsBite.org thinks the people in Utah Valley communities deserve proactive laws that are designed to protect them. They ought to be able to freely walk around in their neighborhoods as well, without the threat of loose, dangerous dogs, specifically pit bulls.
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