Pet Python Kills Child
DogsBite.org - Many policymakers and the public do not tolerate wild animals as pets. In the days following the vicious chimpanzee attack on Charla Nash, many groups called for a federal ban on exotic pets. It was reported then that in the past 10 years, chimps had attacked 29 children. Yet in the last 3 years, pit bulls killed 24 children (52 including adults). The number of people that suffered severe injury by pit bulls in this same period can be assumed as exponential.
It is time for policymakers and the public to stop tolerating pit bull attacks. We must create laws designed to prevent these attacks.
Just recently, a 12-foot pet python broke out of an aquarium and strangled a 2-year-old girl in her Florida home. The Humane Society of the United States reported that pet pythons have killed at least 5 children since 1980. Due to the dangerous nature of these snakes many municipalities outright ban them. The question is: Why don't more policymakers regulate pit bulls, a single dog breed with a documented 30-year record of horrific maulings and killings?
In light of the recent U.S. Army's adoption of a national policy that prohibits pit bulls in RCI privatized housing, as well as the recent initiative in Texas urging the state Legislature and U.S. Congress to ban pit bulls, DogsBite.org would like to hear your ideas on the topic of national pit bull legislation. While such legislation may be impossible, countless U.S. cities suffer the grim consequences of the pit bull problem: new victims of debilitating injury and death.
The pit bull problem, which directly coincides with illegal dogfighting, is a national problem and U.S. Congress members should recognize it as such.
04/22/09: Report: U.S. Dog Bite Fatalities January 2006 to December 2008
03/17/09: U.S. Army Adopts Breed Restriction Policy for RCI Privatized Housing
02/26/09: What's There "Not to Get" About Regulating Pit Bulls?
02/24/09: 2008 International Shark Attack Report Released
02/06/09: Ecuador Joins International Trend: Bans Pit Bulls and Rottweilers as Pets