Graphing Two Variables
Management of Information Systems
November 18, 2014
Pit Bull Aggression versus Other Breed Aggression
The two variables I have chosen to review in this paper are the aggressiveness in Pit Bulls versus the aggressiveness in other breeds of dogs. I will be Researching Pit Bull attacks, bites and so on to see what is really true, compared to other breed of dogs. Many know this breed has the ability to be quite dangerous animals, but that does not mean they are a risk to the population. In this paper we will look at graphs to determine what the truth really is. Honestly, I do not believe the breed is “evil” and “natural killers”. The aggressive nature of pit bulls has been an area of debate for many years now. Many cities have banned the ownership of Pit Bulls, and some groups are pushing for the destruction of the entire breed. One of the most popular dogs owned are the pit bull breeds. They are said to have a friendly temperament and is remarked for being attached to their owners. However, even with their friendly attitude and demeanor they can become very aggressive towards their territory. This is the fact that leads society to label them as a bad breed of dogs. I believe people fear these dogs because of the amount of force they have within their jaws and the strength they have in their shoulders and back muscles. Pit bulls are known as fighting dogs. They have been used as fighting dogs for decades due to their pure strength and aggressive nature towards other dogs. According to Wikipedia, “these dogs purpose inspired the widespread practice of bull-baiting.” (Wikipedia) The bullbaiting sport involved the bulldog fighting against other animals, such as horses, cows, lions, and sometimes even men. By 1835, the sport was banned and outlawed due to much opposition from the people. Dog fighting has been illegal for well over a hundred years, yet it is still being done behind closed doors.
Over the past few years, pit bulls have been a great concern because of the dog mauling incidents and even deaths that have occurred from pit bull attacks. In the San Francisco Chronicle, it revealed that Denver had passed laws to control breeds in dogs to ensure the safety for the people. Canada has also followed suite. They decided to ban the pit bull breeds in their province in August 2005. While dog mauling and being attacked and bitten by dogs are common, it is not common that a person will be mauled to death by a dog. In 2013 only 32 dog bite related fatalities occurred in the United States. Of those 32 deaths, pit bulls were the cause of 78 Percent of those deaths, or 25 incidents.
As the above graph shows, Pit Bulls kill more people than any other breed. But is this because of their aggressive nature, or could it be because of their sheer strength? Pit bulls have been bred to fight other dogs; it is in their nature to be aggressive. So let’s take humans for example. I know some people who have been raised around negative influences and have become good upstanding people. So are we to say that Pit bulls all fall under the same category as their ancestors did? It is important to understand that there is no national system in the United States for tallying reports of dog bites. A five-year review of dog-bite injuries from the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, published in 2009 in the journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, found that almost 51 percent of the attacks were from pit bulls, almost 9 percent were from Rottweiler’s and 6 percent were from mixes of those two breeds. In other words, a whopping two-thirds of the hospital's dog-attack injuries involved just two breeds, pit bulls and Rottweiler’s. Other studies confirm these statistics: A 15-year study published in 2009 in the American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology revealed that pit bulls, Rottweiler’s and German shepherds...
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