My dog Bristol, photo by Gila Todd of Gila's Place Photography
Yes, that is correct. Using the same mentality as those who condemn dog breeds across the board, we should ban men.
You see men are ten times more likely to commit violent crimes than women. I do not make these statistics up. Men, worldwide, are responsible for more murders, assaults, sex crimes and violence than women. They comprise nine times the prison population, compared to women who have been incarcerated. But wait, women are quickly changing that trend, so it is time to consider restrictions on them also.
Now to begin this banning process the first thing we should do is turn our attention to the male minority population. The minorities make up the majority of those already in prison, so part of the job is already done. We can add to the list of banned groups as it suits us but for now we can concentrate on the groups easily removed like the law abiding men who are not going to fight the legal system.
I am being sarcastic but this is the reasoning of the general public when it comes to the condemnation of dog breeds. It began with one breed and has quickly spread to encompass any dog someone takes exception to, including Golden Retrievers, Pugs and any other dog losing favor for ANY reason. This is the danger of sitting back and allowing precedent to be set without challenge.
In this country alone there are tens of thousands of dogs that are mistakenly labeled as "bully breeds". To fall into this category dogs only need a few physical traits such as a large head, close coat and muscled body. I have warned the Lab owners before of the dangers of owning a dog that is mistaken for a Pit Bull but they continue to procure these dogs despite the misidentification by our terrified public. Labs may be the number one choice for family pets but they and their mixes, are also one of the groups most often mistaken for something else and they comprise the highest number of breeds being killed in our shelters.
Education, training and responsible ownership will always be our greatest tool in fighting ignorance. It is no more prudent to ban all members of a dog breed than it is to ban all representatives of a gender just because a handful have been a problem. It is up to the canine advocates to lead by example and share the joys of whatever breed they have championed.