Unless someone can come up with a workable solution to the problem of stupid irresponsible people having children that they ignore and raise in horrible conditions there is never going to be a decrease in stupid irresponsible people breeding dangerous dogs of any breed or a decrease in the demand for such dogs.This is a byproduct of the adults being too involved in drugs to care about teaching their children how to treat animals and other people.The neglected kids grow up to have little to no concern for the rights and feelings of others and this is passed on to the next generation.Dogs aren't the real problem and more laws on dog ownership are not going to help because these people don't obey the laws we already have whether the laws are about child neglect, use of illegal drugs, or dog ownership. Passing laws is the easy part getting people to obey them is impossible in some situations.
I agree Drogheda, but I don't think it's a question of stupid, irresponsible, yes very much so. Generally there has been a big shift in values, parents are too caught up in their own world, there are too many gadgets to fob off onto their kids to keep them quiet. How many families sit down regularly to eat in the evening together, or without the aid of a TV set, not many I bet. You are right, if kids don't have a positive role model and values set by their parents on a day to day basis, and added to that that the decrease in discipline in schools and lack of respect its hardly surprising the end result that we see so often. The problem is how to reverse this trend. Its crazy because most of what we are asking from dog owners just seems like common sense to us. If I wasn't so cynical I would say education in schools would be a step in the right direction, but unfortunately it hasn't had too much effect on childrens attitudes on how to treat their fellow human beings.
I've always found it interesting that the one thing almost every dog and animal organization (PETA, AKC, HSUS, AHS, ASPCA) seem to agree on is that kids and dog shouldn't be left unsupervised together. Yet parents do it all the time. They have no problem leaving the baby in a swing, while they go sleep in a different room, and the stray dog they took in weeks ago, is left to roam the house. They see no problem with leaving a 10 year old home alone w/ an intact 1yr old male dog and a female in heat. They don't bother to do any research into finding a good breeder, even though they run a daycare center in their house.
Here is a story: A woman living across the street from a petowner with a severely viscous pitbull lets her child out to play. The pet owner opens his gate without putting the dog on a leash, the dog then rushes the little kid and mauls him so bad, the kid dies. Police and news cameras show up to interview the family, and on the news, the mother says "That dog has always been viscous, always barking, always biting...etc" This is not a unique story. My question becomes: Why did no one report the viscous dog? Not only is the owner guilty, but everyone who was aware of the behavior is guilty. You cannot blame the dog for being the way it is, but you can report it. You can't just sit by and let things happen and hope for the best. This is the reason BSL exists. It is much easier to blame a breed than cowardice. Banning breeds because of owner's neglect is like banning a car for the owner's reckless driving. Statistically you are more likely to die in a plane crash, crash and/or die in a car wreck, be murdered, or kill yourself than you are to be killed or mauled by a german shepherd, rottweiler, pitbull, akita, chow, or doberman. Perhaps instead of enacting breed specific legislation, we should instead hold people responsible for their own carelessness.