Pit Bull Ban Train- Next stop Texas?

As many of you know, there is a push to ban “pit bulls” in Texas. This is sparked by the latest child to be killed by a chained, un-socialized dog that was kept with 29 other neglected and un-socialized dogs. They were not treated medically for any health issues, not properly trained or socialized and basically left outside until they died on their own.

My question here is, why is there no criminal charges filed against the human responsible for the welfare of the dogs and child? Have we as a society become so blind to the clear evidence presented to us, that our rational thoughts have been swept away? Or is it that we as a race have gained so much power in our ability to kill a species, that rational thoughts and evidence means nothing?

All over the world, people are using a dog- which has been around for centuries to do nothing but show love, companionship and loyalty- as a scapegoat for a human’s lack of education and compassion. Dogs for centuries have been doing exactly what their human owners have trained them to do; they have served and given up their lives to protect us, help our disabled, rescue our loved ones lost in avalanches and the wilderness and yes, given up their lives for man’s sick enjoyment and financial gain. We created a dog to work for us because they are the one species that will die for us, without questioning the reason. Now they are dying for us again, but this time because we will not take the responsibility for not educating our own species.

Breed bans have been proven not to be effective all across the world; the UK, Spain and the Netherlands, have now- after years of killing and stereotyping one breed- come to the realization that humans are responsible. Their bite incidents did not decrease, but instead they have been able to see that the next popular breed in line was responsible for the next wave of bites. These countries spent years of wasted tax dollars and lives, to figure out that man is responsible for their dog’s actions. Are we ready to make the same mistake?

Best Friends has calculated the cost of enforcing breed bans for each state, based on kenneling, animal control, veterinary costs, boarding fees, etc. . The cost for Texas to enforce a Breed Ban will be $31,077,390… Yes you read that number right, $31 million dollars annually in increased taxes to place blame on what man is responsible for. Don’t we already pay enough in taxes?

We can’t even keep important educational programs in our schools due to increased taxes, but yet we are willing to spend $31 million dollars to ban a breed that an uneducated human is responsible for? It is a vicious circle. How can we justify raising taxes to ban a certain breed when we can’t afford to teach our kids, take care of our elderly or protect ourselves by making cut backs in our emergency services and police departments? Where are our priorities?

I have a proposed answer for those wanting to ban the breed, adopt a community volunteer based program to go out and educate the neighborhoods. Volunteer for a group to go and help hands on if you feel that strongly about this issue. Instead of complaining and placing blame, go out and help. Don’t raise my taxes because you lack the compassion to get out there and help.


5 thoughts on “Pit Bull Ban Train- Next stop Texas?

  1. i personally own pit babies and they are the most loyal loving smartest dogs i have ever owned. 1 i have had since she was 6 weeks old, oy other baby was aRESCUE, both are the most gentle creatures. Ignorant people who want to make money off the pain and suffering of defenseless animals is the problem. my heart goes out to the parent of children who have been injured or killed, but the fact remains, it has nothing to do with the breed of dog it was how they were treated.. your children would have been hurt by another dog owned by the same idiots.

  2. My three year old granddaughter would be devastated if I were to have to put down my two pitulls, “Sneeze and Bisbelle”. When my son and his family come to visit, all my granddaughter talks about on the four hour trip from Dallas to Houston is “her dogs.” They play with her and sleep with her, and she eats up all the attention from the dogs. They go along with anything she has in store for them, including crayons stuck in their ears and sitting at her tea table, and they have never even so much as snapped or growled at her. On the other hand, my oldest son has a chocolate lab that grew tired of her “games” and snapped at her. She is scared to death of him.
    Pit bulls have gotten a bad reputation from all the press, and it really galled me when a “family pet dog” was in the headlines as having killed a child. It was a small blip on the radar screen. If it would have been a pit bull dog, then it would have gotten a lot more press coverage. But let us face facts, the pit bull dog is on the hot seat, and the press has a field day with it. In fact, the worst family dog in my opinion is a cocker spaniel. I bought a cocker spaniel for my kids twenty years ago and I had to give her away since she at one point in time bit every one of my kids. As a mother, I could not have a dog that I could not trust to be around my kids.

    Which brings me back to my original point. My granddaughter (who is general scared of dogs) makes a beeline to “her dogs”, which are my two pitbulls. They are her constant companions when she visits, they play with her and sleep with her. I know they would protect her if she were in trouble in any way. Pitbulls are people dogs. They are NOT good guard dogs, however, at least my dogs. I am afraid they would lick someone’s hand as they were robbing me blind, as long as the culprits gave them a pat on the head. They are just that lovable and trusting of people.

    My family would be absolutely devastated if I would have to put down my dogs because of a breed ban. My dogs are house dogs, and are only let out for bathroom and exercise breaks, and they are on a leash even then. They are spayed and neutered, have all their shots, take flea/tick prevention medication, as well as heartworm medication. In fact, we are very responsible dog owners, we understand the need for our canine friends to be part of a family, not just thrown in the back yard and ignored.

  3. I believe that we should NOT ban pits in Texas or anywhere else.
    First of all, not all pits are mean. I own 2 pits and they are babies. They play with the kids 1-11 years old, and they kids are rougher than the dogs.
    Like stated by Wolfe on the kltv website:
    “We know that drinking and driving is dangerous. We know that combination kills, so we outlaw it, and we put people in jail that do it,”
    Also, As far as the pits that have got out and have hurt/killed people, do they look at the owner to see if that is how the dog was raised/bred? No, they just blame the dog and put it down. Then the owner goes and gets another pits, raises it the same way and you have the same problem all over again. They need to look at the owner, as well as the dog.
    Also stated on the kltv website:
    Kent also said if a ban is not enacted, a provision would allow people to own Pit Bulls only if they’re kept secure.
    “We are talking about 8 foot fences, covered on the top that go one foot into the ground. Secure locks, so children can’t get into them,” Kent said.
    If you ban pits or make them have to live in what I would consider a CAGE, as stated above, you better ban all breeds or make all breeds have to be in an cage, Other wise you are decimating against Pit Bull owners.

  4. Amen to Sheena Dawsen, I agree completely. Go back to the history of the pit bull, the dog was originally bred to be a babysitter. Remember “The Little Rascals”? Their dog was a pit bull. First it was the doberman in the ’60s and ’70s and then the rottweiler and now the pit bull. I guess the toy yorkie is next.

  5. people dont get it i can keep spitting facts but people just dont care. when it comes down to it thats my kid and anyone going to harm or take my kid better be ready to put up a fight. if people would just read about Popsicle and Sargent stubby maby they would see. it really is how you socialize treat your dog they are not a yard ornament that you throw scraps to you should think of them as a 3 yr old you have to teach them how to act. Some pitbulls by the way can also be born bad just like people which could be the result of a puppy mill puppy or just bad genes. i hope people changed there mind on this loved breed.Dogs are all different just like people.

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