The Pitbull Law

If dogs are said to be a man’s best friend, why is the Ontario government trying to cause the extinction of a specific dog breed? Many people love pit bulls, but that did not stop the government from passing the “Pitbull Law” which states that no pit bulls are to be sold, bred, or imported into the province of Ontario. Why is it acceptable to pass judgement on one type of dog breed when the same treatment would not be tolerated for humans? How is this law fair to the loyal owners that love the breed? Did the government consider that the dog’s bad behaviour could be a result of poor training? Overall, it is unfair for a dog breed to be banned simply because of a societal stereotype.

Everything comes in different shapes, sizes, and colours and it has been instilled from a young age not to judge based on those differences. However, the pitbull does not get that type of respect, as many people jump at the chance to judge them.  Just because the pitbull has a larger body and may appear scarier than most other dog breeds people assume that they are vicious
and simply want to attack. Jumping to that conclusion is like stereotyping a man with a bigger build as someone that wants to harm other individuals. We know this is not true, as most men that have bigger builds are very friendly. This realization of an obvious stereotype could go for pit bulls too, as most of the pit bulls are friendly and just like any other dog.  Unfortunately, unlike humans they are not considered to be equals with other dogs and are treated as if they are horrible
creatures that don’t deserve to live.

The treatment of the pitbull breed is unquestionably unfair to owners and breeders alike.  Most owners have grown up with pitbulls and
have a developed an attachment to the breed, and now are being told that they are not allowed to have them any longer. While many of the breeders are finding themselves having to make the choice between leaving their family and their home to move to a province that
allows pitbulls, or staying in Ontario and living without the dog they adore and losing the income that they were making by selling the puppies.  This is a very hard decision that these individuals should not even have to consider making, and yet they are still being forced to do so.

Although some owners take excellent care of their pets, there are some that should not have a pitbull or any other dog to begin with.  Many people that own a dog do not know how to properly care for them and they do not give them the attention they need. As a result, dogs start to develop bad behaviour and it is due to this behaviour that some dogs end up attacking. Even though other dogs are known to attack, pit bulls are the only dogs that are being punished, which is truly unfair. Since other dogs do attack it shows that it is not just pitbull, but rather the owners that have role in how their dogs behave. Therefore, it is inexcusable to put all the blame on the dog, while the owners do not get any punishment. The dogs are not the ones in control, and for this reason the owner is the one who needs to be punished.

Overall, pit bulls should not be banned from Ontario simply because of a societal stereotype.  It is unfair to the dog to be judged just
because they have a bigger body type, it is unfair to the owners that love and breed them, and it is unthinkable to punish a dog for an owner’s neglect. Therefore, for these, and countless other reasons, the pit bull ban should be dropped.

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2 thoughts on “The Pitbull Law

  1. I love animals too and I also have a dog that I love very much. So I understand how hard it would be for owners to give up their pets they love so dearly. However, I am also scare of any dog that appears vicious and threatens to attack or harm me so I also see the victim’s point of view also. I do see how the bad qualities of one pit bull can ruin the reputation of all the pit pulls. I too don’t think that this stereotype is fair. I really liked the comment from Flora Wang and the possible solution she offered, not to ban the pit bulls but to provide proper training and registries to ensure the appropriate manners of the dogs and their owners. I think this would definitely work to ensure that the owners give appropriate training and therefore curve the manners of their dogs. I don’t think this training and registry should cost or at least cost very little as not to detour owners from participating with this program.

  2. I agree with the your opinion on this essay to an extent such that it is unjust to the pit-bulls because of the owner’s lack of training ability. However, there is the serious consequence to the pit-bulls’ poor training: they may potentially hurt other people. The pit-bulls, by nature, is a good fighter with great loyalty. These traits in itself do not do harm to other people. Though if these traits of the pit-bulls are met with ignorance and bad treatments from their owners, then they are a danger to society. I understand your point that these incidents happen really rarely. Although, please put your perspective into the victim’s. If you or one of your family member was attacked by the pit-bull and suffered from a permanent injury, then would you still say that these rare incidents would not matter?

    You are absolutely right on the fact that you can not blame the put-bulls for having poor trainers. However, if they do have poor trainers then it is a proven threat to society and will hurt other people. So, if banning the breeding of pit-bulls seems immoral, then perhaps a middle ground exists. My proposal to this problem is to have every owner of the pit-bull subjected to registry and checks on proper training after every certain period of time. There should be stations with certified trainers set up all over Ontario so that owners of the pit-bulls can access them conveniently. Only for the families who do not attend the checks regularly should have the pit-bull taken away. This way, the pit-bulls will still be with their beloved owners, yet with a reduced risk of doing harm to other people.

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