Banned Breeds Make Renting a Hardship.
By: Amy O’Halloran
Course: Com/156 University Composition and Communication II
Due: October, 19, 2013
Instructor: Michael Cooper
Owning a dog that is a Pit-Bull breed carries a preconceived perception that it is a dangerous dog, thus causing issues when searching for a residence to occupy. This should not be justifiable enough to disallow being covered under renters insurance. Owning pit-bull breeds are even illegal in some areas. Each dog is only as well trained as the owner it has been raised with and the preconceived bias against this breed should be reconsidered. Breed Specific Legislation (BSL) is defined as a law or statute that equates the qualities of a dangerous dog with a certain breed, and bans or restricts certain breeds based on identity, not behavior of a specific animal (Weiss, 2001). This type of legislation does not make concessions for those members of the breed who are valuable assets to their communities, such as therapy dogs, assistance dogs, or advanced trained dogs, such as drug dogs, and search and rescue dogs. BSL identifies a dog as "dangerous" based upon its breed alone and not based on any action or offense that the individual dog has ever committed (Weiss, 2001).When searching for a residence this is a hard problem to overcome if you happen to own one of these breeds. Banning a breed or particular mix of breeds punishes those dogs that are reliable community citizens, therapy dogs, and assistance dogs for handicapped owners, search and rescue dogs, drug-sniffing dogs, police dogs, etc., and drives them out of the community. Breeds and mixes are often difficult to identify. The "pit bull" is a type of dog bred for fighting, not a specific breed. Passage of laws that are only enforced on complaint cause two problems: they create disrespect for the law if the authorities require compliance only upon complaint, and they provide ammunition for neighborhood feuds (Weiss, 2001). This is a big reason the BSL does not make much sense.
We hear so much about bad pit-bulls, about children being attacked and other animals being maimed and people not being able to control them. Why wouldn't someone be afraid if all they heard about this breed is that it's a born killer (Dell, 1998)? I can understand why the average person is afraid of pit-bulls. I'd be afraid of something too, if darn near everything I read, saw, or heard about it told me it could kill, or at least maim me, at the drop of a hat, allegedly with no provocation on my part (Dell, 1998). Anybody could feel this way if something was presented in this biased form, but we as people should know all too well that you cannot judge a dog by its tail. I can understand why many shelters won't make pit-bulls available for adoption, saying that's tantamount to giving uninformed people a loaded gun without instructions on its use. I can understand all that, but I can't agree with it, any more than I can agree with other prejudices (Dell, 1998).We as people are taught equality why this would not pertain to an animal also has yet to be understood. Someone should not be discriminated against as a renter based on what type of dog they own. Owning a pit-bull on a banned breed list makes it hard to find residence. When renting if you have a dog on a banned breed list you cannot qualify for homeowners insurance. Most corporate companies will not rent to a person that owns a dog on the banned breed list. When one begins the search for homeowners' insurance-a process which should be straight forward and easy is quite a problem. Dozens of insurance companies deny applications outright if your breed isn’t the insurable one. Here is one example: Semona is a Rottweiler and Saffy is half-Chow. Rottweilers and Chow Chows are on the "blacklist" of dog breeds. Some insurance companies believe they, along with Pit-Bulls, Huskies, Doberman Pinchers, and other specified breeds, are...
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