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Another BSL stamp by MakiTokito Another BSL stamp by MakiTokito
I was just in that mood again.. as it is I nor anyone I know has ever seen any really truly evil dog. No living thing on this earth is born evil, it's made that way. Being have been in Animal Care and worked with numerous dogs of all breeds, I know how they can act and be sometimes. Means we all scream "Vicious evil dog on the loose!" No. You just know how to handle it. I've never seen a truly vicious evil dog before and probably never will in my lifetime. No why? It's a rare thing. There's also probably a highly logical reason behind it.

Know why you only ever hear about Pitbull attacks? That's all they want you to hear. They want you all to think they're some monstrous beasts. That's why you only ever hear about them.

I hear about these ones of child victims. Why would you leave any child/infant alone with a dog at any given time. You could trust any dog with you're entire life and it could be the worlds greatest dog but you can't predict what would happen and what it would do at any time. You can't communicate with it. We as humans are taking an animal into our homes and calling them our own, we are responsible for them.

Other dog populations (United States):

(estimation) Pit Bulls: 5,256,000

(estimation) Rottweilers: 900,000

(estimation) German Shepherds: 780,000

(estimation) Chows: 240,000

Fatal attacks by these breeds of dogs (1979-1998):

Pit Bulls: 66

Rottweilers: 39

German Shepherds: 17

Chows: 8

When we divide the population by the fatal attacks, we can get a percentage based on the dogs probability of fatally attacking a human.

Pit Bulls: .00125 %

Rottweilers: .00433 %

German Shepherds: .00217%

Chow: .00333%

66 out of 5 million... that's a big difference... wonder how many would be a Golden Retriever?

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About 40 people (children) per year die by drowning in 5-gallon water pails. A person, during their lifetime, is 16 times more likely to drown in a 5-gallon water pail than to be killed by a Pit Bull.

Approximately 50 children in the US are killed every year by their cribs - 25 times the number of children and adults killed by Pit Bulls.

Approximately 150 people are killed every year by falling coconuts. Therefore, you are more than 60 TIMES MORE LIKELY to be killed by a PALM TREE than a Pit Bull.

Each year, 350 people drown in their bathtubs. You are 151 times more likely to be killed by your bathtub than you are by a Pit Bull.

Every year, more than 2,000 children in the U.S. are killed by their parents or guardians either through abuse or neglect. A child is more than 800 times more likely to be killed by their caretaker than by a Pit Bull.

The average Number of people killed by a Pit Bull each year is 3.

People see a high number of attacks by Pit Bull's but don't realize how it's still an extremely low number.

Yes Pit Bulls have attacked and killed. Yes so has numerous other dogs breeds. People attack and kill. What do we do to them? People commit stupid crimes and take a higher dealing than ones who murder. And people kill other people more than dogs kill people.

It also doesn't mean all of them either. Just because one does one thing we must stop them all.
One Pit Bull attack and kills = we kill all Pit Bulls
One person attacks and kills = we kill as people...

Uhm no.... and I'm sure people would argue it's just a dog. You're just a person! What's you're point? People are more to this world than a dog? It's still a living breathing being.

'Sides my personal opinion is there is far to many stupid people out there in the world, we could do without a few. If we're going to kill dogs that kill why not kill people who kill?

In 2000, 13 pit bulls were involved in 8 fatal attacks. That is roughly ONE dog out of 204,000 - or .000385 percent of the pit bull population.

Over the 37-year period from 1965-2001, pit bulls have been blamed for an average of 2.48 human fatalities per year.

It is estimated that 5,000,000 dogs per year are killed in shelters. Since in many places pit bulls make up 30-50% of the shelter population, and are less likely to be considered for placement than any other breed, guessing that 25% of those dogs killed is a reasonable estimate. Therefore, it can be assumed that perhaps 1.25 million pit bulls are killed
per year.

Therefore - it is at least a HALF MILLION TIMES MORE LIKELY that a pit
bull will be killed by a HUMAN than the other way around.

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So are you going to avoid a DOG because it MIGHT attack you? Are you going to avoid a MOVIE THEATER because yo MIGHT be shot? Are you going to avoid SWIMMING because you MIGHT drown? Are you going to avoid DRIVING because you MIGHT get in a fatal car accident?

Dog Bite statistics by breed: Column 1 is Breed Attacks doing Bodily Harm, #2 is Child Victims, #3 is Adult Victims, #4 is Deaths and #5 is Maimings.

**I'm not posting all...only interesting ones....

Bull mastiff (Presa Canario) 30 10 13 6 16
Doberman 11 7 4 3 7
German shepherd 63 42 17 7 38 <-- does that count being a police dog???
Golden retriever 6 6 0 1 4
Labrador 26 18 9 2 20 <--- oh wow. Labs are bad doggies..
Pit bull terrier 1110 495 397 104 608
Rottweiler 409 231 109 58 223

The funny part of that was...it never mentioned over a time span. 1 year, 2 years, 10 years? I'm leaning to the latter.

I looked over the website but that information has been failed to been given...awe.

Why dogs bite?
Dominance aggression: aggressive behavior usually directed to family members who take something from the dog, pet it, hold it, pick it up, or disturb it while it is resting.
Defensive or fear aggression: directed to family or strangers who approach too quickly or too closely when the dog is afraid.
Protective/territorial aggression: directed to strangers to approach the owner or the home of the owner.
Predatory aggression: directed to small, quickly moving animals and children, especially where more than one dog is involved.
Pain-elicited aggression: directed to family or strangers who approach or touch when the dog is in pain or injured.
Punishment-elicited aggression: directed to family or strangers who hit, kick or verbally assault the dog.
Redirected aggression: directed to family, strangers and animals who approach or touch the dog when it is aggressive in another context

Funny how a lot of that can be prevented....

Whether a dog will bite:

Breed and "parents" of the attacking dog: this refers to aggression as a type of behavior that has been bred into certain breeds of dogs, and characteristics of the "sire" and "bitch" that produce an individual dog.
Socialization of the dog: how the dog has been desensitized to stimuli, especially stimuli produced by children. Poor socialization results in less inhibition to bite and engage in other undesirable behavior.
Training of the dog: the nature, degree and quality of training. A dog that has been trained to threaten people is an obvious danger, but so is a dog that has been poorly trained or not trained at all.
Health of the dog: whether the dog was sick or injured. When a dog is sick or injured, or in pain, biting can result for a number of reasons.
Behavior of the victim: this includes any behavior (i.e., a baby rolling over on a bed), not just provocation (i.e., hitting the dog).

That's awesome how a lot of that can be controlled.

dogbitelaw.com

Preventing dog bites:

Do not approach an unfamiliar dog.
Do not run from a dog and scream.
Remain motionless (e.g., "be still like a tree") when approached by an unfamiliar dog.
If knocked over by a dog, roll into a ball and lie still (e.g., "be still like a log").
Do not play with a dog unless supervised by an adult.
Immediately report stray dogs or dogs displaying unusual behavior to an adult.
Avoid direct eye contact with a dog.
Do not disturb a dog who is sleeping, eating, or caring for puppies.
Do not pet a dog without allowing it to see and sniff you first.
If bitten, immediately report the bite to an adult.

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Pits bulls, Dobermans, Rottweilers and other big dogs have gotten a bad rap for being aggressive dogs that are more likely than other dogs to bite people. But according to the Humane Society of the United States, the Centers for Disease Control, and the American Veterinary Medical Association, no one dog breed is more likely to bite than others.

In other words, as the story says, ”Biting has more to do with circumstances, behavior, training (or lack thereof), and ignorance on the part of human beings.”

Yes, there is a right way to pet a dog. And there is a right way to raise and train a dog. And if you’re not being a responsible dog owner – training your dog, focusing their energies into positive play rather than bored mischief, even interacting with a strange dog in a responsible way – you are to blame if your dog bites or you get bit.

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And with that, that is where I leave you. Good day.
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Zella1900 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013
What's the meaning of BSL?
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MakiTokito Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Breed Specification Law: is a law that bans OR restricts certain types of dogs based on their appearance, usually because they are perceived as “dangerous” breeds or types of dogs.
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