Persuasive Pitbull Essay

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Title Hardly a week goes by without an article in the news about someone who has been attacked or even killed by a dog: “Pit bull attacks owner then mauls 63-year-old man in Port St. Lucie” (Milian). “8-year-old suffers 22 wounds in dog attack” (Frederick). These are only two of this week’s published news reporting dog attacks in the US, and one of them actually naming the dog breed involved – the pit bull. Over the last few years, the pit bull has been connected to multiple incidents, and the breed has since gained an infamous reputation. Hyped up by the media, the pit bull serves as the scapegoat for all dog bites in the country, and in an effort to prevent dog bites, the dog breed-specific legislation (BSL) has been created. While breed-specific legislations restricting and banning certain breeds have passed in countries all over the world, the United States currently doesn’t outlaw certain breeds on a federal, nor on a state level. However, hundreds of municipal governments have issued laws regulating…show more content…
A cross between Bulldog and Terrier, the American Staffordshire Terrier goes back to 1870 and was first recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1936. The AKC lists characteristics such as smart, confident, and good-natured as the breed’s characteristics, and 95% of the website visitors voted that the dog is good with children (AKC). Maybe the voters knew that pit bulls were referred to as “America’s nanny dog” in the 1940s and 1950s, or they remembered “Petey” from The Little Rascals. The breed’s image took a turn for the worse in the 1980s, when dog fighting had a revival, and much to the pit bull’s despair, his breed became the dog of choice for the ring. As a result, the breed gained popularity as guard dog in shady groups, and the loyal canine watched over drug barons, pimps, and thugs. When first articles reported attacks involving pit bulls, the downfall of the breed

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