Stigmas are something that’s been burning my candle a lot lately, especially now that I read on Twitter the Marine Corps is banning pit bulls, Rottweilers and wolf hybrids because of their “aggressive temperament,” according to The Los Angeles Times.
Because pit bulls are the dog of choice in dog-fighting, they have been given the stigma of being vicious and blood-thirsty creatures who live only to violently attack humans and other animals. It’s a shame animals who are serving as pets to families living in base housing are being forced out of their homes.
Why are the enlisted the only ones being targeted? A dog bite occurs ever 75 seconds, according to DogsBite.org, but I haven’t seen my cousin or friend be forced to let go of their pitbulls.
This feels like the enlisted military are being singled out by higher-ranking officials because they [higher-ranking officials] have authority over the enlisted.
North County Times in North Carolina offers an explaination for the ban, something I found in no California publication:
The ban is being instituted as a safety measure and comes after a 3-year-old boy was killed by a dog at North Carolina’s Camp Lejeune last year.
Last year. At the minimum ten months ago. So why has it taken so long for this ban to be put into place?
Has the Marine Corps run out of things to take from their enlisted?
The ban on tattoos, and now they’re taking family pets?
Unless, of course, the pet passes a test and is considered a “good dog,” according to North County Times.
The dog in question in the Camp Lejeune attack also attacked a young girl months prior to the latest attack, but one dog attacking people is hardly a cause for pets to be banned from their homes.
This will break the hearts of young children who already have to suffer through their father or mother being deployed into war zones for long periods of time, and now they may be forced to part with the family pet? Sad. Very sad.
What do you think of the ban? Should enlisted be forced to give up their pets or is it an abuse of power on the part of the Marine Corps.