Pit Bull Ban

Posted Sep 6, 2012
By EMC News

EMC Editorial – Families in British Columbia are calling for a ban on Pit Bulls in the province.

The call has been spurred by two separate incidents in which four year olds were attacked by the breed. The first incident saw a four-year-old girl attacked by a two-year-old Pit Bull at a family barbecue. The girl had to undergo a two-hour surgery and received 40 stitches across her jaw as a result of the attack.

Days later a three-year-old boy suffered a similar attack. The boy received 32 stitches after he was attacked reaching down to pet at Pit Bull.

Since 2005, the province of Ontario has had a ban on Pit Bulls. Under the Dog Owners’ Liability Act a Pit Bull if defined as: a Pitt Bull Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, American Pit Bull Terrier, or a dog that has an appearance and physical characteristics similar to any of these dogs.

The Act prohibits individuals from owning, breeding, transferring, importing or abandoning Pit Bulls in Ontario. Training a pit bull to fight or allowing a pit bull to stray is also prohibited.

Those who owned Pit Bulls prior to the 2005 ban were permitted to keep their dogs provided they had proof the dog was in Ontario prior to Aug. 29, 2005 or born within 90 days after that date and provided they comply with regulations under the Act.

Earlier this year, the Ontario ban came under fire when a private member’s bill was introduced requesting the ban be lifted.

We here at the EMC believe that all breeds of dog have the potential to be aggressive and bite, not just Pit Bulls. To place a ban on a specific breed is simply unfair.

Do certain breeds have the potential to be more aggressive than others? Perhaps. However, we believe that in the right hands all dogs have the potential to be well-balanced.

We believe it is the responsibility of all pet owners to research the breed of dog they are looking to add to their family. Not all dogs are created equal and it is simply negligent to choose a family pet based on the cute-factor without educating yourself on the breed.

In a news article last week, a parent of the four-year-old B.C. girl who was attacked said the owner of the pit bull was a “good person, not evil” and that the breed is the problem.

It’s simply not enough for a pet owner to be a good person, they have a duty to be an educated and responsible pet owner.

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