Pit bulls are bred to fight. Pit bulls are bred to attack with persistence. Pit bulls are bred to kill.
The Fraser Valley Regional District (FVRD) just took the next, important step towards cracking down on aggressive and dangerous dogs of all breeds.
The creation of a bylaw, which will now go the province for approval and then come back for final adoption, was, at least in part, in response to a number of pit bull attacks in the rural electoral areas of the FVRD outside of city limits.
By January all will not be perfect but at least there should be a new aggressive and dangerous dog bylaw in place to protect residents in Popkum, Bridal Falls, Lindell Beach, the Columbia Valley and the Chilliwack River Valley.
And notwithstanding the fact that this still leaves FVRD electoral areas A, B, C, F and G unprotected, there's an argument to be made that this bylaw won't go far enough.
Many people, even some victims of dog attacks, suggested breed-specific legislation isn't the way to go.
The City of Burnaby disagrees and recently voted to maintain and strengthen its 1991 bylaw that keeps pit bulls in the city muzzled and considered "vicious."
Passionate pit bull owners come out of the woodwork to defend their pets whenever there is an attack or a move to restrict. But these people are a vocal minority who should be ignored.
The FVRD and member municipalities, such as Chilliwack, should enact anti-pit bull bylaws to protect children from these vicious animals.
As a Vancouver lawyer who has an expertise in dog attacks put it to the Times, bans on pit bulls are like safe-injection sites: They aren't pretty, they aren't perfect but they reduce injuries and death.
Pit bull bans are pragmantic. Pit bull bans are harm reduction.
Enough is enough.
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