Thursday, February 14, 2013
The Book of Numbers
In the Judeo/Christian Bible, there is the fourth book, The Book of Numbers. It's so called, because it begins with a census. It's an account of 40 years of wandering in the desert because of disobedience, lack of faith and stubbornness. Isn't that US? We don't look at the numbers, we refuse to listen to logic, and we are having a very difficult time traveling the short distance from Egypt to Israel. Who do we bow to....what is good for the public, or what is good for a certain breed of savage dog? How many people will be maimed and will be killed on our journey to get there?
Numbers are also cold and stoic, unlike words they transcend time and space. They appeal to what is rational, we seek them to answer problems, to solve difficulty, to design and plan and envision a better world. Isn't that the goal of humanity and civilization? We have those who are keeping score at our arm chair, those of us who had a collision with the "game of chance", and we have the actuarial scientists who
compile the numbers and we use them to make policy. Policy for humanity, to create a more civil and just world. Those numbers are speaking. This is a list of numbers compiled for pit bulls.
I think it reads clearly..the number is up, and it equals ENOUGH!
Dog bite claims totaled $92.7 million for 2,400 claims in California.(Insurance Information Institute, 2011)
3000 %- Pit bulls and Rottweilers do three times more killing and maiming than all other dogs combined, meaning that their actuarial risk is approximately 3000% higher than that of the average dog. More than
2,500 times higher risk of killing than Labradors.
66% - 80% or 2/3 of the pit bulls who end up at the shelter are surrendered by their owners.
65% - Pit bulls are responsible for 65 percent of all fatal dog attacks nationally.
58% of dogs euthanized at shelters are pit bull types.
44% - of Seeing Eye teams have reported being attacked by other dogs.
25 - 25% of all dog bite claims were by due to pit bull bites
14 - every fourteen days, someone in the U.S. is killed by a pit bull.
14 times more likely to escape their confines.
11th in popularity - *American Pit Bull Terriers, American Staffordshire Terriers and Staffordshire Bull Terriers, ranked 11th in popularity among 16 AKC-registered breeds and had by far the highest risk of killing — more than 2,500 times higher than Labs.
8 - times more likely to have been charged with drug crimes than owners of low-risked licensed dogs.
6 - times more likely to kill their owners.
5.4 - 5.4 - every 5.4. days, a body part is severed and lost in a pit bull attack
3 - Owners of dangerous dogs are more than three times more likely to have been convicted of domestic abuse.
1/3 of all home insurance claims are dog bites (25% of them, pit bull bites)
3 - It is estimated that pit bull type dogs represent 3% of the total population of dogs in the U.S.A..
1 - The Leading biters in 25 states.
1 - Leading in deaths and serious disfigurements and maimings.