Pit Bulls Essay

2045 Words May 28th, 2013 9 Pages
Andre Darville
Professor Kaefer
English 1B
3 March 2013

Pit Bulls: Misconceptions and the Truth
Pit Bulls, one of the American societies famous bully breeds is too often stereotyped as malicious animals, but that stereotype is false due to evidence that pit bulls can be just as loving as the iconic golden retriever. According to the American Temperament Test, which is a test that focuses on and measures different aspects of temperament such as stability, shyness, aggressiveness, friendliness and self-preservation in the face of a threat shows that Pit Bulls have a temperament of 86.8%, (American Temperament Test Society) a much higher percentage than other breeds which justifies that these animals can withstand a higher tolerance
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Devastated owners had their animals confiscated and killed without warning.
In Tijeras, New Mexico, the ban was so strictly enforced that animal control officers were allowed to kill any Pit Bull seen on sight without compensation to the owner. Due to their misunderstood reputation, people made rash decisions that affected the lives of many loving Pit Bulls that never stood a chance. They have even become a “liability” due to their “overly violent” personalities and because of this have been banned from many areas in the United States.
One thing that frightens people the most is a Pit Bulls jaw. While they do have one of the strongest jaws, it is not the strongest. Dr. I. Lerh Brisbin, of the University of Georgia, states,
“The few studies, which have been conducted of the structure of the skulls, mandibles and teeth of Pit Bulls show, that, in proportion to their size, their jaw structure and thus its inferred functional morphology, is no different than that of any [other] breed of dog. There is absolutely not evidence for the existence of any kind of 'locking mechanism' unique to the structure of the jaw and/or teeth of the American Pit Bull Terrier.”
There is no evidence to prove that Pit Bulls have unique jaws or any lethal “lockjaw”. The “lockjaw” method is learned through training, it is not a special killing tool, and once again the owner creates this issue for the breed. Pit Bulls are

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