EDITORIAL – Let’s stop fighting about pitbulls and look for solutions


An editorial by Mel Rothenburger.

ANOTHER FATAL pitbull attack, this time in Calgary, and once again the question of whether to ban the breed comes up.

It’s a little like the gun-control debate. Every time there’s an incident, the argument begins all over again, and there’s never any solution.

In some places, breed-specific bans have been legislated, in others, they’ve been rescinded. In Kamloops, civic legislators just don’t want to go there.

The arguments against banning pitbulls are as many as pitbull lovers can come up with — claims that the breed is involved in a disproportionate number of tragic incidents are exaggerated, they’re actually great family pets, breed-specific bans are unfair, and so on. There’s even disagreement on what a pitbull is.

Instead of arguing pro- and anti-pitbulls, pro- and anti-pitbull bans, let’s for once talk about alternatives.


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2 Comments on EDITORIAL – Let’s stop fighting about pitbulls and look for solutions

  1. I personally know of a long distance trucker in Alberta who drives to the deep south and other areas and rescues pit-bulls that are currently homeless or need to be re-homed, he brings them across our Canadian Borders without so much as a mention, I am aware of several that have been homed in Canada. Somehow this does not sit well with me and I would like to know the legalities of it continuing. As if we don’t have many here already in Canada. I would like your comments Mel and anyone else who might have an opinion.

  2. Stewart Duncan // September 19, 2018 at 3:55 PM // Reply

    The stage of looking for solutions is over. The solution is clear. We are in the stage of ENFORCING the solution — no pit bulls allowed due to their abnormal strength. What the Armchair Mayor wants is some OTHER solution that everyone will like, as if pleasing everyone were an option.

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