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In some places, breed-specific bans have been legislated, in others, they’ve been rescinded.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.
Mel Rothenburger’s Armchair Mayor editorials appear Mondays through Thursdays on CFJC- TV. His Armchair Mayor column is published Saturdays on ArmchairMayor.ca and CFJC Today. Contact him at email@example.com.