Sunday, 1 March 2015

Editorial comment on Insane B.C. pit bull owners in Canada.

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Vancouver 24 Hours
B.C. pit bull owners bark back
By Bill Tieleman,
Monday, January 12, 2015

“Based on my extensive experience, I believe that the risk posed by pit bulls is equivalent to placing a loaded gun with the safety off on the coffee table. In my opinion, these dogs should be banned.” - Dr. David Billmire, pediatric plastic surgery director, Cincinnati Children's Hospital
Pit bull advocates are as fierce as the dog breed that has killed and maimed more people than any other by a wide margin.

Even worse - many pit bull owners are simply in denial.
And my column calling for a pit bull ban in B.C., like those in place in Ontario since 2005, Winnipeg since 1990 and many American cities, stirred up some of the nastiest emails and comments I have received in many years.
An angry Prince George reader emailed me: "You and your opinions can f*** right off. Nobody needs your half-assed-informed articles causing problems for the tame and loving animals we know and love."
Stunningly, last week’s column was shared on Facebook over 15,000 times.

And by no coincidence, over 14,000 readers voted “No” to banning pit bulls, in an obviously coordinated effort to skew the results.
My sin? Pointing out the need for action after three serious pit bull attacks in B.C. in just two months and citing U.S. statistics showing 25 people were killed by pit bulls in 2013 alone, including 18 children – making up 78% of all fatal dog bite deaths, even though they account for just 6% of all U.S. dogs.

And despite being “tame and loving,” since last week’s column an 87-year-old Maryland man was mauled to death by his own pit bull; only a police helicopter and intervention saved a California man’s life after four pit bulls attacked in his own alley; a 10-month-old Florida child was severely maimed by the family pit bull; and a Florida puppy and its owner were savaged by a pit bull in a dog park.

Sadly, just another week in pit bull attack news.
Unfortunately, pit bull advocates go into denial when faced with these grim stories, blaming “bad” owners – even the parents of attacked children and babies – and saying their pit bull is sweet and loving.
Sorry, but Dr. Billmire is right – pit bulls are simply too dangerous and a ban is needed for public safety.

Bill Tieleman is a former NDP strategist. Read his blog at Email: Twitter: @BillTieleman