PETA supports pit bull ban

Teresa Chagrin

Animal Care & Control Issues Manager

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals

Norfolk, Va.

PETA applauds the Minot City Council for voting to protect both dogs and the public by upholding the city’s pit bull ban.

Pit bulls are the breed of choice for dogfighters and others who keep them perpetually confined to chains or filthy pens, and even beat and starve them. These dogs commonly suffer from untreated injuries and diseases, and intense frustration. It is not uncommon for them to lash out–as pit bulls did recently in Louisiana, Kentucky, and Virginia, killing three women. Pit bulls also constitute a disproportionate number of victims in cruelty-to-animals cases and make up a high percentage of dogs in animal shelters.

Legislation regulating pit bulls has proved effective:

– In San Francisco, the number of pit bulls euthanized at the city’s animal control facility dropped by 24 percent just 18 months after an ordinance passed requiring that pit bulls be sterilized.

– Just one year after San Bernardino County, California, passed a breed-specific law, it experienced a nearly 10 percent decrease in dog bites.

– In Aurora, Colorado, officials reported that nine years after banning pit bulls, bites involving the breed were down 73 percent and euthanasia of pit bulls was down 93 percent.

Mandating that pit bulls be spayed or neutered–as all dogs should be, given the overpopulation crisis–is crucial to protecting two- and four-legged members of our communities.