Sunday, July 31, 2011

Importing pits from Ontario (like we need more)

Calgary is one of a number of destinations for pit bulls that are slated to be destroyed in Ontario.  We are assured that THESE pits are not dangerous.  THESE pits have been fully temperament tested and will make wonderful pets.  Yet, most of these pits are under 2 years of age and anyone who knows anything about pit bulls knows that their aggression doesn't usually manifest until 2 years of age.   Which means that a proper temperament test could not be conducted on a pit bull less than 2 years old.  Which is irrelevant because no one conducts proper temperament tests on pit bulls anyway - pits are never tested under stress for animal aggression or aggression towards children or the elderly. 

Recently, you-know-who contemplated the fact that pit bulls are now leading the bite count in Calgary and proclaimed that it must simply be lack of training and socialization on the part of Calgary's dog owners.  Lack of training?   He first says their is nothing breed specific at work, yet he intimates that it is simply a lack of training that is responsible for the very breed-specific increase in serious bites by pit bulls and pit bull mixes in Calgary.  Obviously failing to train your Labrador has nothing to do with serious bites by pit bulls, so it is equally obvious - to us AND to him - that this increase in serious attacks by pit bulls is a very breed-specific phenomenon.  

So, obviously we have a problem specifically with pit bulls not being trained by pit bull owners.  In the mind of those who don't support BSL, pit bull owners are therefore, for some reason, less responsible than other breeds' owners (remember that if you don't accept that it is the owners then you have to accept that it is the breed).  So, if  the people that own pit bulls are so much less responsible than the people that own Labs that they have made their dogs 32 times more likely to seriously injure someone, why the hell are we importing dogs for them?  It is completely senseless.

Yet, you-know-who would have us believe that he simply cannot seem to make the connection between THAT and THIS?   I know that he really isn't that stupid.  I am continually amazed at just how disingenuous he is.

 I strongly believe that, with the number of pits our city has imported and produced in the last 2 years, someone is going to die because of his relentless, ridiculous, misanthropic pursuit of the adoration (and reward) of the pit parade.  I believe that it is very likely that Calgary will have its first, very breed-specific fatality by the end of this year.

6 comments:

  1. i don't know the statistics, but i see more pit bulls here in surrey, bc than i ever have. the children at my kids' school are taking in the propaganda -- they all "want a pit bull" -- despite two incidents involving the kids, that i know of.

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  2. Add in all those pit bulls coming off the mean streets of LA being "transported" into Canada. You've become a dumping ground for LA and Southern CA. They do try to keep the pit transports quiet, unlike the other transports of dogs but we here in LA see it and know what is happening. Better stop it Canada before it is completely outta hand.

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  3. For anyone who has owned a bully breed, specifically the pitbull, you would know that this is absolute non sense. A dog is a dog. Whether it was bred to fight, to hunt, to herd, to guard, to race, etc etc, it is nothing more than a dog that we humans train n guide to become what we humans want. The only reason pitbull attacks are "higher" in number is because they are more accounted for, as well as any other bully/mastiff breed. If the family golden retriever bites a child, it'll most likely go un-accounted for because the family won't let it get public. However, when a bully bites, or even nips, then it's a huge deal. Non sense. Retrievers are known for there soft mouth which can be problematic with becoming to "nippy". I was grew up with a golden retriever, Australian shepherd, border, and a great pyranese, all of which were amazing dogs, but my pitbull x I own now, is all of those dogs put together. An amazing dog in every way. The majority of my friends have pitbulls or crosses and I can say the same for all of there dogs as well. Amazing! I think Calgary is doing a great thing by taking in pits from other places such as ON and California. We are giving these dogs a chance, in a city where they can be treated how they deserve to be. In 2009 the city of Calgary only had 11 pitbull type bites, but 18 bichon/shit zu bites! The stats are on my fridge, out of the Calgary sun! As well, Winnipeg reported only 4 pitbull type bites, 94 lab x bites, and 166 German shepherd bites! Blaming the breed is not an option!! Blaming the human is however!! "We don't racially profile out on the roads, nor do we do that with our dogs. We don't care what type of breed the dogs are." (Steve Gardner, drug detection dog unit.)
    These misconceptions and judgements about pitbulls are unnecessary and actually make me disgusted. Websites like this are causing the problems. Not the pitbull.

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  4. Bill Bruce is introducing new dogbite legislation to cope with the pit maulings. They will now adopt the Dunbar six level dog bite severity scale to deal the the upsurge in attacks


    http://stubbydog.org/2011/10/calgary-sets-the-stage/


    While I like this move...it shows that normal doglaws don't work with pits! This is actually "After the fact BSL" since pitties lead in Level 5 (sustained, beserk maulings) and Level 6 (flesh eating, fatalities)


    Bill Bruce is defeated.

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  5. Meanwhile...an update from Toronto!

    After banning Pits w/grandfather clause in 2005, dogbites are down over 20 percent with only 6 pit attacks in 2010. Toronto now collects bite rate data and one out of every two Pit Bulls bred there produces a bite.


    A total of 486 bites were recorded in 2005. That number fell generally in the six years following, to 379 in 2010.

    Provincial laws that banned 'pit bulls,' defined as pit bulls, Staffordshire terriers, American Staffordshire terriers, American pit bull terriers and dogs resembling them took effect in August 2005. Existing dogs were required to be sterilized, and leashed and muzzled in public.

    Bites in Toronto blamed on the four affected breeds fell sharply, from 71 in 2005 to only six in 2010. This accounts for most of the reduction in total bites.

    The fall in bites blamed on the four breeds tracks a reduction in the dogs themselves, data obtained separately by globalnews.ca under access-to-information laws shows. Some 1,411 Toronto dogs were in the four breeds in 2008, as opposed to 798 in mid-2011


    Read it on Global News: Global News | Toronto dog bites fell after pit bull ban


    http://www.globalnews.ca/torontos%20top%20dogs/pit+bull+bites/6442521422/story.html


    PREVENT THE DEED, REGULATE THE BREED

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