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Originally posted by Violetshy
Last April a man in Mead Oklahoma was attacked by two pit bulls and died(as have many others), so now Patrick Anderson, is proposing to pass a bill that allows cities and communities to ban any breed of dog they believe is dangerous.
Breed bans aren't necessary to protect people from dog bites
There are more than 4.5 million dog bites each year. This is an estimate as there is no central reporting agency for dog bites, thus breed and other information is not captured. Out of the millions of bites, about 10-20 are fatal each year. While certainly tragic, it represents a very small number statistically and should not be considered as a basis for sweeping legislative action.
The dog bite numbers don't tell the whole story It is imperative that the dog population in the community be understood. To simply pull numbers of attacks does not necessarily give an accurate representation of a breed. cont... at source below*
The breed doesn't predict the bite While breed is one factor that contributes to a dog's temperament, it alone cannot be used to predict whether a dog may pose a danger to his or her community. cont...
Breed-specific laws don't work
The main conclusion of the study was that breed-specific legislation doesn't work for several reasons:
. There are inherent problems in trying to determine a dog's breed, making enforcement of breed-specific legislation difficult at best.
. Fatal attacks represent a very small portion of bite-related injuries and should not be the major factor driving public policy.
. Non-breed-specific legislation already exists and offers promise for the prevention of dog bites.
Although multiple communities have been studied where breed-specific legislation has been enacted, no convincing data indicates this strategy has succeeded anywhere to date(of study).... more at... Source
Banning one breed just creates demand for a new "killer" dog Two decades ago, pit bull types and Rottweilers (the most recent breeds targeted) attracted little to no public concern. cont...