Sunday, May 9, 2010

Inane Laws

Weekly Rant

Last week I learned that we may not take our annual camping trip.  So, my wife, friend and I decided we may go on a road-trip instead.  We first talked about heading out to various locations in Southern California, like San Diego’s Gas Lamp District or wineries in Santa Barbara, Ventura County. 

PerplexedThen I remembered a trip I took with my brother and father 20+ years ago from Southern California, through Oregon, and Washington to Vancouver, then back.  It was very memorable, though we didn’t spend much time in places between here and Seattle since we were in search of starting a business in Seattle.  So, the places in-between were just that. I asked if the my wife and friend liked going on that trip, but stopping in various places throughout and spending half day to a day, or overnight, at some locations.

We liked the idea and thought we would take our American Pit Bull Terrier as well.  Our original plan for camping included our dog.  It would have been her first camping trip and elongated stay outdoors, given that she’s mostly indoors at our home.  We thought it would be great to have her along, to experience the road and different people, places as we would.  We didn’t think much else about taking our dog, except any quarantine or vaccination requirements for crossing the border into and out of Canada. 

When we looked into it, we found, to our surprise and horror, in some U.S. and Canadian states and counties on our proposed trip, there are laws that allow the authorities to heavily fine the Pit Bull owners, at best, or euthanize the dog!  In my book, euthanizing a dog for being a particular breed is the equivalent of murder, especially given the often misunderstood and very little know facts about Pit Bulls. 

LolaSquint For example, the American Pit Bull  Terriers (APBTs) are rated by the American Temperament Test Society as having a better temperament than Golden Retrievers and Cocker Spaniels, two breeds that most people recognize as having a great temperament.  Incidentally, test results have been accumulated since 1977.  So, these are not statistics recently generated as a result of all the bad press the APBT is getting.  ATTS is an independent body with no agenda to promote one breed over another.

2010.05.09_Win-chester-shot-in-headIn any case, our friend found an interesting post that I’d like to share with you as I end this article.  Keep in mind, the original post author is from British Columbia where Pit Bulls can be shot on your premises without provocation.  Shooting a Pit bull because of inaccurate perception of the breed is not unique to Canada, it happens right here in U.S. every year  (One Example of many that can be found online – See photo to the right).

AN APOLOGY TO BREED BAN ENTHUSIASTS
I'm sorry you are frightened of my dogs and are trying to have them killed because they are pitbulls. I'm sorry you lack the understanding of this breed's true history, gentleness with people, wonderful temperament, intelligence and behavioral conformation. I'm sorry you won't read the ATTS stats regarding our breed's true temperament, putting it in the top four for temperament, scoring better than breeds like Golden Retrievers, and cocker spaniels.


I'm sorry that you side with and protect animal abusers by marking the breed of dog, and not the irresponsibility of the owner. I'm sorry that by your logic I could steal a car, run some people over with it and then you can blame the make of car for the accident, as I walk free.I'm sorry you generalize one breed of dog with one group of people. I'm sorry you can't see the love and determination that many often highly educated, non-criminal and "normal" types of people show towards this breed and the great personal sacrifices that they make to take care of their dog responsibly.

I'm sorry you cannot go into the shelters and see the hundreds of abandoned and abused pitbulls, dying only for the inane "crime" of being born the breed they are. I'm sorry you cannot see the look of disappointment in their eyes as someone walks by their kennel, and refuses to consider adopting them based on an ill educated fear mongering reporter. I'm sorry that you cannot be there when the animal looks at a human for the last time, and in spite of betrayed by all humans they have met, their tail still wags as someone approaches with the syringe of Euthinol.

I'm sorry cannot be there when law enforcement shoots one of your dogs dead inside it's own home in front of the children it mutually loves for simply getting off the dog bed and walking over to say hello with it's tail wagging. I'm sorry you cannot be there to rescue pitbull puppies from a plastic bag in a dumpster, dumped there by someone switching their illegal, and inhumane activities to another, more lucrative breed.

I'm sorry you cannot understand the difference between canine and human aggression, in the way that this breed can. Yes, I'm saying my pitbull is smarter then you.I'm sorry that the medieval witchhunting genetics of intolerance, generalization, and racism make you feel the need to vilify a breed of dog.
I'm sorry that justice, equality, tolerance, common sense are all things you hold dear as a fellow Canadian, and expect from others, but do not yourself offer them towards a pitbull or its caregiver. I'm sorry that you don't take the constructive time to petition changes in the Canadian animal cruelty act, and in the criminal code that would deal out serious punishment to the real animal abusers.

I'm sorry you cannot see the disappointed look on a puppy's face when the people petting it quickly frown, and walk away when you tell them it is a pitbull. I'm sorry you feel the need to terrorize my family and my dogs for crimes we never have and never will commit. I'm sorry you don't have to live in fear of your dog's safety from hysterical, and mentally unstable people trying to inflict all manner of evil upon your dogs.I'm sorry that you cannot see my breed working in some of the best Search and Rescue groups in the world, saving countless lives each year.

I'm sorry our media censors and refuses to print the breed name "pitbull' when in connection with a positive act such as saving a person or child from a burning house, drowning, wild attacking animals, etc. I'm sorry you cannot see the many pitbulls registered as therapy dogs and bringing so much joy to another misunderstood, neglected demographic in our society, the senior citizen. I am sorry you can't see a pitbull kiss a child, step carefully over a kitten, or play in a sunbeam.

I'm sorry you cannot wake in the morning to feel a warm pitbull cuddled next to you in bed, and know that you are their total world, and even if the house caught fire and trapped you, they would stay with you to the end. But, now that I really think about it, I'm not at all sorry you don't own a pitbull--you do not deserve one.

Rob MacBean
The Mongrel Hordes
Lake Cowichan, BC
(Permission granted by me the author to
crosspost as long as it stays intact,
and with my name on it.)

What Do You Think?

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