So Jessica asked me something odd yesterday. No she didn't finally pop the question. Besides, girls aren't supposed to do that except on February the 29th, and I'm a conventional guy. She asked me if I think that some breeds of dogs should be banned. It seems that there are people who want certain breeds of dogs banned. It's not something that's that new to me, but I didn't realise really how big it was becoming.
While I do get that there are some dogs that seem to be bred for fighting and violence, I don't think it's the dog's fault. For the most part, nearly all animals can be domesticated. Or at the very least in some regard. They can be taught that certain humans are important to them and shouldn't be harmed. There may be dogs, and other animals, with a predisposition towards violence, but I think they can still be taught not to be like that. I accept, to a degree, that it's very tough to fix a mentally damaged dog, and it's very tough to break the programming that a bad person will ingrain in to them, but I think it can still be done. If someone goes to a cult, and gets out, you don't just put them down because you can't reverse the indoctrination, you try and do it. You try and save them from what happened to them. With a dog, you can just put it down because it's not like it's human. Like I said, I can, to a degree, accept this. I was there when my dad drowned one of my hamsters because it's leg was broken. It's not like you can really perform surgery on a hamster. Those things are tiny. Still traumatised me to fuck though. Now I'm older I can appreciate how tough it must have been for my dad too. I really could never hurt an animal.
Now that was mostly about when it's too late to "save" the animals. But you can still stop them from growing up like that. Even a really tough and angry breed of dog can be a kitten in the right hands. I don't think you should ban certain kinds of breeds of dogs, you should ban the people who breed them for fighting. Who breed them just to have them and scare people. I mean, German Shepherds are used by the police. Police dogs are VERY aggressive. Except with their handlers. Outside of that environment, they can be very soft. Should we say people can't have German Shepherds because they have this predisposition towards violence? No. The police raise them very well, and they get good results.
For those of you who are old enough, or nerdy enough, to remember, it's kind of like the episode of Pokemon where the Pokemon (which btw Firefox isn't redlining as a non-existent word, even though it's spelled wrong without the accent) end up on an island and Ash's Pokémon (which is spelled right but DOES get red lined...huh...) actually cooperate and become friends with the Pokemon of Team Rocket. There's no such thing as a bad Pokemon, only a bad trainer.
I really believe the same applies to animals.
P.S I'm aware that my arguments have lost all credibility because I referenced Pokemon.
P.P.S If you're wondering Jessica says I have good points, but doesn't really know how to feel about it. She's not as big an animal person as me though. She openly states she hates them, which is something I just can't understand at all. She's only ever really loved one animal I think.