Banning Pit Bulls Won’t Work Breed Blame-Game

Ayen Chol, a four-year-old girl who was kill by a pit bulls attack, has prompt renew calls for the ban of this breed. Instead of focusing on one breed or reacting to individual events, or reacting emotionally, we must examine all aspects of dog bite incidents. We need better data, better reporting, and better education for dog owners, parents, and the general public about how to prevent a dog bit incident.

How Many Bulls Dog Attacks Have There Been?

It is impossible to determine the extent of dog bite injuries in Australia because there are no reporting requirements. Data are available about deaths. Data on hospital-treat dog bite injuries can found in the emergency department data and the hospital admissions data. However, comprehensive data are not available on both medically treat and non-medically diagnose injuries.

A pit bull cross or pit bull pit bull mix dog has not been link to any dog-bite deaths in Victoria, except for the tragic death of Ayen Chol. My research shows that dog bites have been responsible for over 33 deaths in Australia since 1979. 11 of these were in Victoria. Only one other Australian dog has been involve in a dog bite-relate death. This dog was previously describe as a pitbull cross dog.

Pit Bulls Confusion

The term pitbull is use loosely in Australia to refer to pure breed American Pit Bull Terriers and crosses. It is use in other parts of the globe to describe a dog type, as the term gundog or spaniel.

The term American Pit Bull Terrier is use in the United States to refer to the American Staffordshire Terrier and English Bull Terrier, English Staffordshire Bull Terrier, English Bull Terrier, English Staffordshire Bull Terrier and Bulldogs. It also covers crosses of these breeds as well as any dog that looks like any of them. Staffordshire Bull Terrier owners in Australia might be shock to learn that the breed is prohibit in many countries.

Additional Information Is Require Bulls

There are no reliable statistics in Australia on the breed of dogs involve with attacks. This is due to the fact that breed identification base upon the appearance of a dog can inaccurate even when experts are involve. A pit bull-type dog can look a lot like a dog. Although breed identification is reliable, it is not possible to estimate the breed-specific incidence of bite injuries. There is no evidence that target breeds are disproportionally represent in statistics on dog bite injuries.

Bans Would Be Difficult Due To Breed Confusion

Even if you believe the original reason for targeting breeds is valid, it will not work if you can’t identify a dog’s breed history. Reliance on media reports to identify breeds can make the issue of dog attack breed identification even more complicated.

Media sensationalism and selective reporting may misrepresent the role breed plays in dog bite injuries. It could also encourage irresponsible owner behaviour. The media often portrays the issue as a problem of breed, when it’s actually a problem of human behaviour

There is also the possibility of case detection bias, where bite victims from certain breeds are more likely to report incidents. This could lead to a false association between biting dogs and certain breeds. Because they bite, some biting dogs may be misidentify as belonging to a specific breed.

Protection Of Children

Governments that react with knee jerkness are not likely to make good public policy. We don’t need more restrictions or laws that are likely to fail. A strategy must be based on the best available research evidence. Breed bans do not address other patterns that are associate with dog attacks, such as irresponsible and uneducated dog ownership.

Human ownership is a problem and measures must taken to reduce dog attacks by dogs of all breeds. Dog attacks in Australia are not cause by a single breed or group of breeds. Children should be protected from injury by adopting a holistic approach to all issues.

This strategy should be targeted at dog owners, dog parents, and dogs. Education and awareness, as well as enforcement of existing control and leash laws, will be helpful. Children should be supervised when they are playing with dogs. These important steps will increase responsible ownership of any cross-breed or breed.