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Opinion
By James Pavel

An astounding video streaming YouTube features a man named Kevin Richardson hugging a fully-grown lion. The lion is monstrous. It could snap the human in half with little to zero exertion. But it does not. The lion, despite its instincts, is kind to the brave and familiar soul. What can’t be neglected is that the man is also an exceptional trainer and is unquestionably experienced.

This past week, a child in Ontario had its nose bitten off by her family’s recently adopted pit bull. The owners were not registered dog trainers, let alone lion tamers. They are, what any simpleton can assume, devastated.

Predictably, the child will be scarred for life and the pit bull will be destroyed.

One side will demand all pit bulls be eliminated or banned from his or her respective province, while pit bull enthusiasts will blame the owners for negligence.

This scenario occurs roughly every half year in Canada. No, this particular case in Ottawa is not the exact same as any of its predecessors. But is certainly holds a distinct theme.

Canadians have proven that we are not capable of sufficiently training a pit bull to ensure it does not attack or injure others.

It is not the fault of the pit bull. This is completely on men, women and children. And in order to ensure no more pit bulls are destroyed and no more humans are injured or killed, it is time for Canadians to sever their relationship with the pit bull breed.

 Pit bulls can be trained. And apparently, even the kings of the jungle can too. But what is even more apparent, is that Canadian owners have demonstrated that they cannot consistently do this. Pit bulls have the potential to be dangerous. Pit bulls can be extremely aggressive. And now dozens of humans have paid the cost because a massive chunk of the population refuses to acknowledge that we have blown our chance at owning pit bulls.

Pit bulls should no longer be considered an acceptable household pet. This is not the pit bulls fault. This is the result of not enough attention being paid to how to properly train these potentially lethal animals. Lions are not household animals because they would kill. But it is not a guarantee. To be hyperbolic, the same can be said of a pit bull.

It isn’t the pit bull. It’s us. And because we can’t be consistently responsible, we should lose our privilege to handle this delicate beast.

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