South Africans have raised concerns about the rising cases of deaths by Pitbull attacks, encouraging the domestication of the dog to be considered a criminal offense.
In a Pitbull attack last week, a young child was found dead, inciting people’s conviction to stop domesticating these animals.
According to a story published in TimesLIVE on Saturday, November 13, 2022, an eight-year-old boy was mauled to death by a Pitbull while playing at his home in Vista Park in Bloemfontein. “It is alleged that the dog escaped from its enclosure and jumped over the fence into the neighbor's premises where the child was playing. It bit him on the neck and chest,” TimesLIVE reported.
The people have since taken their complaints to social media platforms, arguing that whether they are trained or not, Pitbulls are a danger to human beings, as this is not the first attack to be reported. “You can train your pit bull as much as you’d like; it is not going to stop their predatory instincts,” says a concerned citizen on Twitter. “Pitbulls are wild animals that should not be domesticated, and their owners should be charged for murder if it kills someone,” said another. In May this year, it was reported that a neighbor’s Pitbull in Atteridgeville lacerated a six-year-old girl.
In countries such as Russia, Finland, Portugal, the UK, and Denmark, several similar cases have been reported; however, these countries have either banned or restricted the ownership of Pitbull dog breeds. The Sizwe Kupelo Foundation launched an online petition calling to ban the ownership of pit bulls last month. The foundation refutes the argument of Pitbull defenders, who claim that the dog's upbringing affects its likelihood to attack others. Some data suggests that Pitbulls have been responsible for 68% of dog bite attacks since 1982 and have caused more fatalities than any other breed. However, some people believe that banning them will not be helpful.
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