I've been following this news topic with some interest, Diamond Sun. Glad you brought it up since I am curious about what my cohorts here think.
From my other posts, you may know I am somewhat paranoid about government interference in private lives of citizens. To me, this is just another example of the machine in action.
As the Rev correctly pointed out, those wanting pit bulls for the wrong reasons will simply turn to other breeds. The problem is irresponsible owners, not any specific breed of dog.
Bryant and McGuinty are dangerous politicians. (Redundant?) They sought answers that supported their own agenda and refused to consult with appropriate organizations (such as Ont. Vet Medical Assoc.) or other experts. They did not allow open public hearings. The law is high-handed, ill researched and illogical. After pit bulls, what breed will be next?
I checked www.safety-council.org/news/sc/1999/dogbites.htm (external - login to view)
and found the following information:
According to the study, the most common biters are
• german shepherds
• cocker spaniels
• golden retrievers
The site does say pit bulls are likely to bite, but is it the nature of the dog or is it the nature of those who acquire these dogs? The dog owners who should never snap a leash on any dog will simply go underground or turn to another breed. “Punish the deed, not the breed.”
Erie-Lincoln MPP Tim Hudak says, "We have a major problem with biker gangs, firearm and drug smuggling, and a youth justice system that is a slap on the wrist. For the Liberals to put banning certain breeds of dogs at the top of the public safety list, shows they are barking up the wrong tree when it comes to effectively fighting crime."
Dr. Tim Zaharchuk, President of the Ontario Veterinary Medical Association also questioned the validity of the proposed ban on pit bulls. The Toronto Star quoted him as saying "As a breed, pit bulls are not any worse than any other dog. But you can’t legislate against ignorance or stupidity."
Pit bulls aren't even an actual breed. They are defined by physical characteristics or because they are Staffordshire or Boston terriers.
The Toronto Star also quoted Dr. Bonnie Beaver (President of the American Veterinary Medical Association) as saying, "If you don’t have a breed, how do you ban it? You’d have to ban all dogs that stand up to three and a half feet at the shoulders, weigh 50 to 75 pounds, have roundish heads and heavy muscle development. That would include boxers, Dobermans, Labradors and on and on."
In my opinion, the Liberals have found an issue that will cause knee-jerk reactions, stir up controversy and draw the attention of the Canadian public away from the real issues of ineffectual leadership.
I have a Jack Russell Terror. My sister has a pit bull. Of the two dogs, mine is far more likely to bite but the Liberals would look even more foolish if they put cute little JR’s on the chopping block. I don’t think this issue really has anything to do with dog bites.