Ban dangerous breeds

WHAT on earth do ordinary citizens have to do before prohibition policies are enforced with regard to dogs in metropolitan and suburban areas? I’ve been at a loss, for most of my life, to understand why we tolerate so many potentially dangerous breeds, all of them imports and many holding centuries of genetic modification.

It seems that even when they seriously endanger the lives of ordinary adults and particularly their children, who are merely doing what children have done for many generations (‘‘Young girl taken to hospital after bitten on face by pitbull’’ Herald 20/6), dog owners remain free to take no action against their animals’ atrocities.

The answer is so obvious: ban all but half a dozen docile breeds and protect our human rights. So where’s the problem?

Don Matthews, Fennell Bay

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