A recent bill proposed in Texas called "Justin's Law" which calls for lawmakers to make it a third-degree felony to own a pit bull in Texas has sparked a national debate in our country over "bully breeds".
"Nature vs. Nurture" is called into question when assessing the danger from canine breeds such as pit bulls, bulldogs, or Rottweilers, but to no surprise, a recent poll suggests most American pet owners believe nurture is the determining factor in doggy danger.
In an Associated Press-Petside.com poll, 71% said any breed can be safe if the dogs are well trained and 60% felt that all dog breeds should be allowed in residential communities.
59-year-old Michael Hansen who was questioned in the study said:
"It's not the dog. It's the owner that's the problem. The dog will do whatever it can to please the owner, right down to killing another animal for you."
Of the pet owners in the poll who support breed bans, 85% said they would bar pit bulls, 7% said any violent, vicious or fighting dog should be banned and a whopping 2% said all large dogs should be outlawed.
Dog Whisperer Cesar Millan believes:
"Every dog is different and should be evaluated on its own merits. If a pit bull has good energy, and if he is socialized early and brought up in a balanced and structured pack environment, then I would consider him perfectly safe."
This seems to be a hot debate filled with multiple perspectives based on personal experiences — good or bad — as well as irrational fear, but we'd like to know what U think!
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[Image via AP Images.]