Banning a breed

Allen Park, Michigan, is considering banning pit bulls “and dogs that are part pit bull”. Now aside from the impossibility of determining whether a dog contains any pit bull lineage or not… Let’s just talk about why it’s wrong to ban a breed. It’s pretty self-explanatory, really, but let’s just make an analogy here.

Allen Park is considering banning pit bulls after two pit bull mixes killed one of a Councilwoman’s dogs.
— or —
Allen Park is considering banning black people after two black men killed a Councilwoman’s son.

Why anybody would read those two statements and not think them equally ridiculous is beyond me. They both reflect the same knee-jerk racist thought process: “Those [people|dogs] are dangerous, and can’t be allowed to live in our peaceful little town.”
Or, to put it in the exact words of Councilwoman Beverly Kelley herself:

“There shouldn’t be dogs like that for any reason.”

Well… I personally don’t think there should be little barking shih tzus (the vidtims of the attack) for any reason, but you don’t see me trying to pass a law against it.

Judge the dog. Judge the owner. Don’t judge the breed.

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  • sarah  On August 12, 2008 at 2:24 pm

    I really hope they don’t Ban Pit bulls, i live in Allen park and am a Pit lover. Any breed of dog could of attacked the Shih Tzus and the dogs that attacked them weren’t even pure pit.

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