Why Pit Bulls Get a Bad Rap
When you hear the term “pit bull” your first notion is either, the rapper “Pitbull” or the dog breed “pit bull.” People have different ideas of the dog breed classified as pit bull, terrier, or bulldog. Some think that these breeds are “aggressive” or “violent,” others think “friendly” or “playful”; most opinions of pit bulls go one way or another, only carrying fear toward the breed or dogs in general, and others passionate about their feelings towards the breed and other dogs.
There are many theories as to how the pit bull breed became the modern breed it is now, and history reports that the dogs were used as guard dogs for family, as herders, and even famous -playing in Hollywood tv shows and movies. These days, the dogs have a bad rap because of the media’s previous reporting on vicious dog attacks from this particular breed, dope dealers using them as guards, and even individuals using them for profit to fight other dogs; these stories took rise in through the mid-80’s and early 2000’s.
Classifying a whole dog breed as “vicious” downplays the owner’s responsibility in abusing and using animals for their selfish motives. Owners are ultimately responsible for how they raise their animals and take care of them, and there is no justification for an owner who condones violence and aggression in their dog for whatever reason. Pit bulls were even banned in some states, and still, establishments and housing communities put restrictions on “aggressive” breeds including other large dogs.
Banning a breed because of a perception of being violent or dangerous in any way, with no prior events from the dog, should be illegal. It is discrimination in its purest form, regardless of the dog is an animal or not, this should not be allowed. Sound reasoning and evidence supporting the ban of individual dogs should do justice, let’s stop putting these great, loving dogs in a stereotyped box of a breed that can be just as “aggressive” or “friendly” as the next.