So you may or may not know about this legislation being introduced to ‘control’ so called ‘aggressive’ breeds in light of the mauling of a little kid. While the incident prompting this is incredibly tragic, the response seems kinda kneejerk. Apart from the fact that these legislations don’t have a good track record of working and have in fact been recently repealed in several european countries, the whole ‘aggressive breed’ thing is a bit of a myth. I remember it a few years ago being about staffies, and when I was a kid I was deathly afraid of german shepherds…it’s sort of a folk tale that moves around with time.
There’s really no such thing as ‘bad’ or ‘evil’ dogs (apart from ones that have shifty eyes…that’s when you know they’re evil). Just really shitty dog owners who don’t train their dogs properly, don’t look after them properly, don’t socialize them properly, or want to have a ‘tough’ dog because they’re some bro-gan retard.
It would be nice to have some moderation on this issue rather than the rushed response it feels like we’re getting, and some actual allowance for the complexities of the problem of trying to deal with ‘aggressive’ dogs rather than just forcing a legal framework on to it. So you can write a letter if you want to some people pointing out these issues. Email addresses and form letter below.
Don’t really wanna start an argument about this. If you care, email. If you disagree, well…email your member and tell them you support their legislation. But just think about this: if pit bulls are outlawed, what the fuck else are hard riffz bands going to pose with on their record covers?!
Form email you can send. Edit as much as you want.
I am writing to express my absolute horror and disgust at the legislation passed today, which enables dogs considered on appearance to be Pit Bulls to be seized and euthanized.
Breed specific legislation has been proven not to work in a number of jurisdictions, with the Netherlands and Italy, to name just two, having repealed their Pit Bull laws in recent years, having concluded that they are ineffective. Dogs that are proven to be aggressive, and their owners, should be dealt with by legislation. Not individual breeds, or crosses thereof. I find it absolutely absurd that dogs which may not even have any Pit Bull Terrier breeding in them can be incorrectly identified as such, and euthanised.
It is extremely difficult to accurately determine the breed composition of a cross bred dog, and particularly difficult to determine the composition of dogs with “bull” breeds in them. These include English Staffordshire Bull Terriers, or ‘staffies’, which are well known to be great family dogs. It is completely irresponsible to have a government allowing people to make assumptions about dog breeds without the genetic make up of the dog having to be proven via DNA testing. In recent weeks, since the tragic death of Ayen Chol, many vets, dog trainers and concerned people have voiced their opinion that identifying dog breeds is notoriously difficult or impossible
Many breed crosses could produce a dog that could fit a hastily defined standard designed to describe a Pit Bull Terrier cross. Consider for example a Labrador x Boxer, or any dog breed crossed with a Staffordshire Bull Terrier. I am aware of a number of family dogs who I’m sure could fit the description of a Pit Bull Terrier as it would inevitably be described in words, due to their stocky build, box shaped face and ‘bull breed’ structure. Allowing people to report suspected ‘dangerous dogs’ via the phone hotline, as proposed, could lead to the devastating outcome of a friendly dog being euthanised as a result of a personal vendetta.
I urge you to consider the impact that this legislation is going to have, with thousands of dogs across the state now at risk for nothing other than their appearance.