Four Pets More Dangerous Than Pit Bulls

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Miami's ban on pit bulls heads to the ballot in August, letting South Florida animal lovers decide whether they're willing to allow the dogs back into the 305. The breed has been characterized by some as dangerous and violent, in part due to a 1989 case in which a dog attacked an 8-year-old. Pit bull advocates say it's the owners, not the dogs, who incite the violence.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that approximately 16 people per year die as a result of attacks by dogs of any breed. Pit bulls account for about one-third of those attacks, so by those numbers, the breed kills somewhere between five and six people per year.

That sucks for those five or six people. But if we're going to pass a law against owning pets that might kill us, we might want to start with these other four species first.

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Snakes
Between 7,000 and 8,000 people are bitten by venomous snakes per year, and five of them don't survive the attack, the CDC says, putting them right up there with pit bulls. And that's not even counting pythons, which can clearly do some damage, or constrictors -- I'm looking at you, guy who walks around South Beach with the snake on his shoulders.

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Bees
Sorry, Florida beekeepers -- those little honey machines you're harboring are responsible for the majority of the 90 to 100 deaths per year caused by venomous insect stings. Allergies are a bitch, huh?


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