Friday, July 3, 2009

Food for Thought

I went to my favorite website today and this hit me right in the face.

DogsBite.org - Many policymakers and the public do not tolerate wild animals as pets. In the days following the vicious chimpanzee attack on Charla Nash, many groups called for a federal ban on exotic pets. It was reported then that in the past 10 years, chimps had attacked 29 children. Yet in just a recent 3-year period, pit bulls killed 48 children. The number of children that suffered severe injury by pit bulls in this same time can be assumed as exponential.

It is time for policymakers and the public to stop tolerating pit bull attacks. We must create laws designed to prevent these attacks.
Just recently, a 12-foot pet python broke out of an aquarium and strangled a 2-year-old girl in her Florida home. The Humane Society of the United States reported that pet pythons have killed at least 5 children since 1980. Due to the dangerous nature of these snakes many municipalities outright ban them. The question is: Why don't more policymakers regulate pit bulls, a single dog breed with a documented 30-year record of horrific maulings and killings?

Thanks DBO for this insight. I will act on it.

1 comment:

gret the vet ret said...

Good argument Honesty.