As of July 10, 2018, Delta Airlines bans ‘Pitbull type’ dogs as service or support animals. This has been met with an expected backlash.
The Atlanta-based airline describes its ban as an "enhancement" to its policy on animals in passenger areas. Delta will also limit travellers to a single emotional support animal per flight. Stating its ban on pit bull-type dogs responds to "growing safety concerns" after several employees were bitten, the airline said in a statement, stating "We must err on the side of safety,"
If this was the case, then all dogs must be banned as there are far more ‘dangerous’ breeds out there. The dachshund was bred to hunt badgers and are said to be just as ornery and unpredictable, yet you never hear about a ban on that breed. You might say that they are too little to pose a threat and easier to fight off should they attack. There is a story about an Oklahoman woman whom had been mauled to death by seven of the less-than-40lbs dogs (Gidman, 2018).
The point I am trying to make is that any dog, regardless of breed can be dangerous if not trained right or if not approached correctly. Just like stereotyping humans, profiling dogs should be frowned upon. This begs the question; Why do dogs bite?
This makes you wonder just what the airline was doing to cause so many bites on their flights. They are already known for their rough handling of passengers.
Works CitedGidman, J. (2018, May 17). Woman Killed in Attack by 7 Dachshund-Mix Dogs. Retrieved from newser: http://www.newser.com/story/259388/woman-killed-in-attack-by-7-dachshunds.html
Wilson, S. L. (2018, March 29). Dog Bite Statistics (How Likely Are You To Get Bit?). Retrieved from Canine Journal: https://www.caninejournal.com/dog-bite-statistics/
First time pitbull owners who found two pitbull puppies abandoned on the side of the road and decided to adopt them...And then loved them so much, they decided to get two wonderful mastiffs.