No dog is dangerous in the right hands. I've met Pit Bulls before and never had a problem with them, but the owners were responsible. It's like kids – if the parents don't bring them up right, they cause a problem.The committee has also been influenced to reconsider the Melbourne ban based on the fact that studies have failed to conclusively prove that Pit Bulls are more aggressive or dangerous than other dogs. Submissions on behalf of repealing the ban cited inaccurate and sensationalistic reporting on "Pit Bull attacks" by the media, as well as "moral panic" from the public. While many major authorities on these issues support the removal of the ban, including the RSPCA, Animals Australia and the Australian Veterinary Association, there are still those who are not sure. The family of the child whose tragic death sparked the 2011 decision to impose the ban has stated their desire to see stronger penalties for owners of dogs who commit violent attacks. Jaala Pulford is the Minister for Agriculture in Melbourne. She has asked for an extension of the current halt to compulsory euthanasia of Pit Bulls while she considers the report, and what is best for all sides. For the time being, no dogs will be sentenced to death in Melbourne simply for having characteristics similar to a Pit Bull.
We must keep the community safe and to do that our laws need to be effective – that's why we asked the Parliament to review these laws so that we can get them right.The committee has also set forth the following recommendations based on the parliamentary report, which may serve as a compromise for all sides of the debate:
-Doing away with the requirement to muzzle non-racing greyhounds -Building a database of all dog registrations and attacks -Greater penalties for owners of restricted-breed dogs who do not register them correctly or keep them securelyLet's hope that the temporary stay of execution for Melbourne's Pit Bull-type dogs becomes a permanent decision. If so, we can count them as the next city in a growing trend of world municipalities that are doing away with unfair Breed Discriminatory Legislation.
H/T to The Age Victoria
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