Charles Danten, former veterinarian
Going to the root of things is always a good idea
if you really intend to change things.
Pro pit bull activist, Anne-Marie Goldwater
Genes Versus Training
- Registration of dogs is not required in each of the municipalities of the province.
- The application of this obligation when it exists is often uneven and incomplete, as it is not mandatory to report the breed of the registered animal.
- Unlike in the US, police officers, doctors, and veterinarians are not required to report bites unless rabies is suspected.
- The right of veterinarians to secrecy in the case of an aggressive dog is also a substantial obstacle.
- To make things worst, since all dogs are equal, CBC for instance, for egalitarian reasons, like it does for humans, no longer names the breed of the canine delinquents involved in a biting incident.
Indeed, without knowing the population of each breed, the number of bites as well as the breed involved, it is almost impossible to find out precisely which breeds are the most dangerous. This lack of statistics might be good for business but it is also a flagrant flight from responsibility as well as a denial of breed reality and the importance of biology in behavior.
For the last 40 years or so all serious epidemiological studies - i.e. those that are not made by vets or sponsored by humanitarian societies and pro-pit bull associations - are unanimous: In North America, the majority of dog bites requiring hospitalization or resulting in death are inflicted by pit bull type dogs. (6) (7) (8) (9) (10) (11) (12) (13) (14) (15)
pro-pit bull advocates and are unable to admit that genes play an important role in behaviour and that breeds are a reality, as this admission would force them to admit that this is true for humans as well. An impossible task, obviously, as these inconvenient truths are totally contrary to the progressive egalitarian ideology inspired by the Marxist cabal that runs their lives. In other words, our authorities are refusing to do the right thing for political reasons.
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