Pit Bull ban/BSL proposal in San Antonio, TX

     With the recent pit bull/pit bull type dogs attacks a ban on pit bulls has been proposed in San Antonio, TX which i am petitioning against. First I want to establish myself as a responsible owner of a beautiful, loving, loyal, non-aggressive and well-socialized ABPT. With all feelings for my dog set aside my unbiased opinion is that banning a breed would be an ignorant and ineffective way to combat unforeseen dog attacks. Even if for the sake of the argument "pit bulls" were out of the equation the problem still stands strong because the irresponsible owners (which are the obvious but somehow overseen culprits) are not banned from the area and will with ease move on to the next power breed (perhaps the beloved police K-9 German Shepherds) to tarnish it's reputation and continue to problem the area. "Punish the deed, Not the breed" a statement that must be frustrating to those trying to prevent the deed rather than address it when it happens, however breed specific legislation is not the answer and pit bulls are not the problem.

        If this breed specific law passes its highly unlikely that it stops with this breed, so we have to come together to fight BSL because next time it may be your breed in the crosshairs. Here is a list of other breeds that have been banned else where: Rottweilers, Doberman Pinchers, Shar Peis, German Shepherds, Belgian Malanois, Siberian Huskies, Alaskan Malamutes Great Danes, Irish Wolf Hounds, Scottish Deerhounds, Mastiffs, Boerboels, American Bull Dog, Akita, Chow Chow, English Mastiffs, Tosa Inu, Presa Canario, Dogo Argentino, Cane Corso, American Bulldog, Bull Terrier American Bull Dog, Presa Canario, Wolf Hybrid, Canary Dog, Perro De Presa, Old Country Bull Dog, Bull Mastiff, Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog, Perro De Presa Mallorquin Fila Brasileiro aka Brazilian mastiff, Neopolitian Mastiff, American Pit Bull Terrier (Note:  Laws dealing with %u201Cpit bulls%u201D also state any mix of the 3 breeds AND the MOST important line, anything that has the characteristics or appearance of these breeds.  There are 20 breeds that are commonly mistakenly identified as %u201Cpit bull%u201D dogs.), American Staffordshire Terrier and Staffordshire Bull Terrier. Yeah pretty long list, so you can see how any breed can be easily be targeted by BSL. For more information on BSL visit www.understand-a-bull.com.

      According to American Temperament Test Society, the only non-profit organization that titles dogs in Temperament Test (TT), of the "pit bull" and "pit bull type" dogs that attempted the test, between 84 and 91.5% passed (in order to pass the dog must complete all parts of the test according to the 3 judges).  These dogs include American Pit bull Terrier (84.1%), American Staffordshire Terrier (83.9%), Staffordshire Bull Terrier (85.2%), and Bull Terrier (91.5%). Rottweilers are also impressive with an almost 83% passing rate, as well as Boxers, 84.5%, and American Bulldogs with 83.1%.  This evaluation of dogs that are tested based on normal occurrences during a walk in a city, tests the dog's natural behavior, and reaction to stimuli designed to test stability, shyness, aggressiveness, friendliness, and instinct for protection.  "Pit bulls" and "pit bull types" were and are not bred to be human-aggressive, and would fail the test if they showed aggression during the test, while as German Shepherd Dogs are allowed to show some protection, as they have been bred for this.  TT information can be found at www.atts.org.

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