Mammamia Mililani, HI 2/15/2009 10:24:47 PM How sad dogs and owners can't enjoy exercise in a normal way anymore. People on the beach have yelled at and cussed about my American Bulldog in front of my 5 year old. Dogs help humans emotionally and may lenghthen lives, and bans are what they get in return. Shall we ban races of theives, like we do breeds? How about punishing owners, instead of the MANY nice, innocent dogs that are currently considered for banning in HI, and not in parks and on trails alone, but entirely? I am confused and saddened by the meaness of humans. Two strange ladies actually took my picture while I was walking my dog (he looks like the "Homeward Bound" dog). They said he is a bad dog that needs banning, then they peeled out fast away from me, and SWERVED while I was alone on my neighborhood sidewalk. Since someone I deeply cared about died in a motor vehicle accident caused by another driver, for fifteen years I've paid close attention to statistical injuries/ fatalities. Shall we ban vehicles, too? Are all of you really ready to do that yet? Honestly? Because according to statistics, you people all have bigger fights to concern yourself with between vehicle accidents and health issues, than to judge all dogs and owners, and what may occur with them. The numbers of bad dog incidents sound horrible, until you compare them to good dogs and happy people with them, and compare them to other kinds of injuries. Have you nothing better than to make all these comments without analyzation? Another odd thing -the most aggressive breeds I've known have never been talked about for banning in HI - German Sheppards, Chows, Chihuhuas, Dobermans, and the MEANEST I ever came across - Weenie dogs and a GOLDEN RETRIEVER/ LAB mix physically hurt me more than any other. All dogs and mannerisms are different, just as people. I am sorry some people are ignorant about these creatures, but that doesn't make the cruelty to the dogs okay. Do your research people. Don't be ignorantly biased and fit a stereo-type of whatever is making you think so sadly, ridiculously, cruelly toward dogs. I am getting afraid of people harming myself or family over this issue. What is wrong with people, and where in HI is the aloha for animals??? Next people will threaten me if I ever own a bird, and don't keep it on a leash in my backyard. More families in HI have dogs than those who don't, if what I've read online is true. I wish some of YOU would have to tell my 5 year old why his dog is getting banned. He loves and plays with his 110 lb. dog almost every day. BTW - an American Bulldog has nothing to do with a pitbull in their breeding, unless people purposefully breed the two together. The very ignorant people who claim these dogs were bred for killing - WOW. They were bred for herding/ hunting. Please, do your research before speaking on matters, and avoid looking and feeling dumb. I empathize with people, and I agree something needs to be done about the many owners in HI raising fighting dogs.