Logic Of Pit bull (the dog breed not Mr.Worldwide)
Pit bulls are known to have a bad reputation. Their muscular build, “hold and shake” bite style and association with criminals are dog fighters all add to that factor. Late September this year in Montreal, there was a proposed pit bull ban after a 55 year old lady was killed in her backyard by a pit bull. Some feel as if banning a breed is like human discrimination. This raises the debate whether to blame the breed or the owner.
This reminded me of the quote in “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee, when Atticus Finch is defending Tom Robinson, a black man.
“the truth is this: some Negroes lie, some Negroes are immoral, some Negro men are not to be trusted around women—black or white. But this is a truth that applies to the human race and to no particular race of men.” – Atticus Finch
Now you can this quote and make it relevant to pit bulls by replacing a few words:
“the truth is this: some pit bulls are immoral, some pit bulls are not to be trusted around people. But this is a truth that applies to all dogs and no particular breed of dog.”
Premise 1: all pit bulls are dogs
Premise 2: some pit bulls are dangerous
Premise 3: some dogs are dangerous
Conclusion: Not all pit bulls are dangerous, any dog has potential to harm.
- Premise 1: is factual and easily to believe as true
- Premise 2: are statistics and also easy to believe as true. In the 11-year period of 2005 through 2015, canines killed 360 Americans. Pit bulls contributed to 64% (232) of these deaths. Combined, pit bulls and rottweilers contributed to 76% of the total recorded deaths. Statistics from: http://www.dogsbite.org/
- Premise 3: can be seen as true. Not every pit bull is destined to become a vicious killer, many pit bulls have proven their stability by becoming search and rescue dogs, therapy dogs, herding dogs and family companions.
- Conclusion: These premises lead to the conclusion that not all pit bulls are dangerous and that any dog has potential to harm, because it clarifies that many breeds as well as pit bulls can be dangerous. The conclusion is valid since not all pit bulls are proven to be dangerous. Since the premises are true, the conclusion would necessarily be true as well. Because all the premises are true while having a valid conclusion, then this argument is sound.
Although is it said that pit bulls have more aggression, higher pain tolerance and a more muscular build, it does not necessarily mean that all pit bulls will kill you. Any breed of dog can be good or bad, it’s the owners with bad intentions who are able to turn a harmless breed into a killer breed. Since pit bulls were created for violence, they are the most abused dog on earth. The dogs are treated cruelly to make them as dangerous as possible. In many dog bite cases, the dogs are socially isolated by their owner to create a more vicious dog. This is relevant for humans as well, anyone who’s been exposed to poor treatment can eventually turn immoral. We can’t blame all pit bulls and it’s not fair to take away behaved pit bulls from loving families.