Narrow But Smart Move
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.