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Anonymous Anonymous  |  5/30/2008 3:30 PM  |  Flag  
This has always bothered me...its not "discrimination" when a city or town regulates the ownership and management of domesticated animals. Even if you have the land, you may not own a horse if your property is not zoned for livestock/horses. That is primarily because of the manure/smell, and its possible effect on the property values of surrounding residential properties.

There are, no doubt, gentle and harmless domestically raised wildlife....lions and bears, for example...who no doubt could live peacfully as pets, if properly contained and managed. We don't allow this, because the potential these animals have to kill or harm innocent people. Society has determined that the existence of "safe" captive lions and bears does not negate the risk posed by the majority of these animals.

We must apply the same reasoning to pit bulls....the existence of non-aggressive dogs does not negate the potential danger the majority of them pose; since so many owners claim they "never saw it coming" when the dogs maul someone, we must assume that most owners cannot safely evaluate their own dogs temperament. There fore, society must regulate breeding and ownership of these dogs.

Anonymous Anonymous  |  5/30/2008 6:02 PM  |  Flag  
That's because a Pit Bull is given a false presumption of domestication despite being more dangerous that it's wild counterparts.

Some states allow the ownership of wolf-hybrids but it is typically tightly regulated. Pit bull breeders currently thrive in the blindspot of the law.

Anonymous Jersey  |  5/30/2008 8:10 PM  |  Flag  
Pit bulls are more dangerous than wild animals. Wild animals have a sense of self-preservation. Pit bulls have had that bred out of them and they will stop at nothing, even if they are killed in the process. It is not discrimination to understand the history of a breed and to expect certain traits that were bred in to become evident in a dog of that breed. Pick any breed, pick any trait, and people do this everyday without complain until you combine the trait of aggression and pit bulls. Laws of genetics do not stop just because you call a dog a pit bull.

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