Rio has joined the many idiotic cities, states and countries who have banned pit bulls in a effort to...I'm not sure what they think this will do. The idiotic logic of these bans is enough to make me want to maul someone. PETA supports breed bans as the only way to keep the dogs from being abused. Let's ban children too then. Meanwhile, Rio has one of the highest murder rates in the world, and they have spent six years debating what to do about pit bulls.
Banning the dogs won't make the owners any less abusive or irresponsible--they will simply move on to another breed. Also, by banning the breed, they are creating a huge black market, which will make illegally, poorly bred dogs that much more of a money-maker.
What is really curious to me is that in New York City, with nearly 1 million dogs living in close quarters, many of them pit bills, maulings like the ones in San Francisco, Austrailia and elsewhere are unheard of. One would think, if it was such a dangerous breed, that there would be a New Yorker dead at least every five to seven days.
It seems to me that if the time, money and effort currently being directing into banning the animals was redirected to enforcing animal welfare laws, there wouldn't be a problem at all.