|Pit bulls -- more data||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Sarah Lesher (sarah.leshergmail.com)|
|Date: Tue, 12 Oct 2021 08:15:04 -0700 (PDT)|
https://www.dogsbite.org/dog-bite-statistics-fatalities-2020.php In the 16-year period of 2005 through 2020, canines killed 568 Americans. Pit bulls contributed to 67% (380) of these deaths. Combined, pit bulls and rottweilers contributed to 76% of the total recorded deaths. https://www.dogsbite.org/dangerous-dogs-pit-bull-myths.php *Pit bull myths ::* Pit bull owners, breeders and animal advocacy groups have created a slew of myths and distortions about the pit bull breed to fight breed-specific laws. Below are the top 10 myths. - Myth #1: It's the owner not the breed <https://www.dogsbite.org/dangerous-dogs-pit-bull-myths.php#myth1> - Myth #2: It's impossible to identify a pit bull <https://www.dogsbite.org/dangerous-dogs-pit-bull-myths.php#myth2> - Myth #3: Human-aggressive pit bulls were "culled" <https://www.dogsbite.org/dangerous-dogs-pit-bull-myths.php#myth3> - Myth #4: Fatal attack statistics about pit bulls are false <https://www.dogsbite.org/dangerous-dogs-pit-bull-myths.php#myth4> - Myth #5: The media conspiracy against pit bulls <https://www.dogsbite.org/dangerous-dogs-pit-bull-myths.php#myth5> - Myth #6: Pit bulls are not unpredictable <https://www.dogsbite.org/dangerous-dogs-pit-bull-myths.php#myth6> - Myth #7: Pit bulls do not have a locking jaw <https://www.dogsbite.org/dangerous-dogs-pit-bull-myths.php#myth7> - Myth #8: Pit bulls used to be the most popular dog in America <https://www.dogsbite.org/dangerous-dogs-pit-bull-myths.php#myth8> - Myth #9: Pit bulls pass the American Temperament Test <https://www.dogsbite.org/dangerous-dogs-pit-bull-myths.php#myth9> - Myth #10: Punish the deed not the breed <https://www.dogsbite.org/dangerous-dogs-pit-bull-myths.php#myth10> - *Myth #10: Punish the deed not the breed* The slogan often voiced by pit bull advocates, "Punish the deed not the breed," works to the benefit of pit bull breeders and owners who accept the large collateral damage the breed inflicts upon the public and has been for the last 40 years. The slogan also accepts that a "new victim" must be created prior to punishment. The goal of breed-specific legislation <https://www.dogsbite.org/legislating-dangerous-dogs-bsl-faq.php> is to *prevent the deed*, as civil and criminal recourse for dog attack victims *after the deed* is often impossible to obtain. Parts of a recent email sent to DogsBite.org outlines this reality clearly: "She nearly lost her left arm in that attack and since then has piled up hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical bills. She has brought a lawsuit against the dog's owner. He had no liability insurance and has since moved out of the neighborhood. The main witness also has moved. This woman and her family basically have no recourse. The lawsuit is fine but who knows if they will ever get a penny out of it. I'm assuming this is a fairly common occurrence that you folks know about all too well." Much like the outdated Myth #1, "It's the owner not the breed," this last myth lies at the heart of archaic and insufficient U.S. dog policy. The modern answer to this final myth is to develop policies that prevent future victims from being created. As Dr. Michael Golinko told the *The Fifth Estate* <https://youtu.be/iFa8HOdegZA?t=1065> in 2017, "one half" of the cases that required surgery in his large-scale pediatric dog bite studies <https://www.dogsbite.org/dog-bite-statistics-study-characteristics-1616-dog-bite-injuries-level-1-trauma-2016.php> *24,25* involved pit bulls. If a ban "can prevent one death or one tragic injury," it would be worth it, he said *Both articles have many footnotes that seem legitimate substantiating statistics and other claims.* *--Sarah Lesher, speaking for myself*
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