Delta Airline’s service animal breed ban gets kiboshed by DOT


When it comes to dogs, every generation has its “dangerous” ones.

In the 50’s and 60’s, there was a widely held belief that German Shepherds were inherently mean dogs, whose athletic ability allowed them to hunt and attack whatever and whomever they wished.  Just years later, that stereotype shifted to the doberman – another sleek and athletic dog whose reputation was sealed with numerous pop culture references to the breed making for the perfect junkyard guard dog.

In the 1980’s and 1990’s, the Rottweiler reigned supreme as the most carnivorous canine and, given their brutish size, thunderous bark, and penchant for drooling – misconceived as “foaming at the mouth” – this came as no surprise.

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Today, however, these dogs are given a pass thanks to the vilification of the “pit bull”.

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Of course, this misnomer is just the latest in a long line of canine hysteria.  “Pit bull” actually refers to several breeds of dogs, nearly all of whom score better on their accredited temperament tests than even Golden Retrievers.  These discriminated dogs are a victim of their own loyalty, doing whatever, (and we mean whatever), their owners ask of them.

Owners like Michael Vick, who taught his dogs to fight one another for sport using cruel and inhumane practices.  Thanks to the hype of the mainstream media, and the continued scourge of dogfighting in rural parts of America, these otherwise kind and loving animals are being vilified like the Rottweilers and German Shepherds before them, even garnering a number of ill-conceived “breed bans” in cities such as Denver.

Even Delta Airlines attempted to ban “pit bulls”, (again, not a breed of dog), from acting as service or police animals on their flights.

That imbecilic maneuver has now been struck down by the Department of Transportation.

Delta announced last year that it was banning “pit bull type dogs” as service or support animals, after two employees were bitten by a passenger’s emotional support dog.

But on Thursday, the DOT said in a guidance document on how it plans to enforce regulations of service animals in aircraft cabins that it “views a limitation based exclusively on breed of the service animal to not be allowed under its service animal regulation.”

These dogs have recently found favor among police and first responders for their willingness to please, their intelligence, and their ability to work in grueling conditions.

The next time someone tries to tell you that “pit bulls” are anything but loving dogs who reflect the behavior of their owners, go ahead and pop that person on the nose with a rolled up newspaper.

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