As reported in today's Detroit Free Press:
The mother of the boy said she laid her son down for a nap in the bassinet and fell asleep in another bedroom. The pit bull entered the room and attacked the sleeping infant.
Officers said a preliminary investigation has not uncovered any negligence at this time.If I give the parents the benefit of the doubt and assume they're as responsible as ourselves in matters both of the child and the dog, the only guilty party is the pit bull. The parents, providing they've any sense of humanity, will be tortured the rest of their lives for the gruesome death of their child.
I wonder if they'll ever question their choice of dog breed. I wonder if they'd ever bring suit against the breeder or pit bull advocates for defending the breed in light of the evidence against it.
It reminds of cigarette companies and their defending cigarettes from the mounting evidence of their negative health affects, and the massive lawsuit and windfall that became for states.
Nothing similar will likely happen with pit bulls, rottweilers, or other dangerous dog breeds. There simply isn't enough money to make it worthwhile for lawyers to start the campaign pro bono.
The question is, does the government have the right to tell citizens which animals they may or may not have?
The answer, at least in Michigan, is yes. There are many animals citizens are restricted from keeping including stock, exotics, endangered species, and wild animals.
And eventually, maybe pit bull terriers and Rottweilers.
Would laws banning pit bulls and related breeds be for the family's protection or their neighbors?
Similar to smoking, the state has already decided it can violate private property rights and require property owners to prohibit smoking in their own bars and restaurants. I'm not a big fan of that law but it is a Camel's nose under the tent.
In 2011, is there any practical reason to have any breed of dog in a residential area except that people want them? After the feeding, vet bills, and poop scooping, isn't it less expensive just to get a burglar alarm? No one has ever had to pick-up after their Guardian Alarm System in my lawn, nor has anyone's kid had to wipe the ADT stickers off their pants after playing in the park.
PS While looking at pictures of pit bulls through history I noticed they seem to look different today than the pictures I found at SaveABull.com. I wonder if something different hasn't happened in their breeding that can be reflected both in how they look and their disposition.