Well, well, well, imagine my surprise when as of late I discover that yes in fact Richmond has plan BSL too, Yay Richmond city councilors! You have effectively made Richmond yet another, back woods town with discriminatory policies, why not ban the chinese people of Richmond, after all they are one of the largest groups, or ethnicities involved in organized crime right? or better yet lets discriminate against East Indians because they have a propensity for violence, it’s a cultural thing, right? Let’s start banning Caucasians because we are the most outspoken, who needs the right to free speech, isn’t that right? Our council will make decisions behind our backs anyway and without our consent or input! Do you see how stupid that all sounded?
Putting legislation in place to ban a specific breed or race is wrong, and you all know it! But we could change some of those problems in a broader spectrum of legislation, one that doesn’t point specifically at anyone or anything, you must remember Richmond just because it is a dog breed does not mean it’s not profiling!
It is my fundamental right to freedom of choice that you are taking away, you are taking away a dogs freedom and right to a normal life, life in general in some cases, would you want to wear a muzzle in public every time you went out, if the city council decides you are aggressive based on the way you look or based solely on a bias?
I am all for regulation,s but to make someone who owns a Pit bull pay more or do more than anyone else is nothing more than a cash grab, but then again our politicians are good at that! The cash grabs are like the lottery for them, look how they mis-use our tax dollars on a daily basis!
I am all for a set requirement to dog ownership ie: licence, regular vet check ups, proper care, socialization, etc., but again, not for one specific breed, for all breeds because lets face it, any dog can bite, and every dog has teeth. Saying that every Pit Bull is danger or aggressive is like saying that every German was a nazi, stupid right? It’s the same thing.
So I guess Richmond city council discovered that if they “dumb up” and enact an expensive and ineffective set of rules for “Dangerous dog” owners they can make a bucket load of money from them. Just exactly what makes a dangerous dog in your eyes? is it based on breed, looks, tendencies, or a direct and proven behaviour.
Would it not make more sense to charge everyone the same, but have a professional dog behaviorist that is unbiased, evaluate each dog to be licensed, and if one is found to be aggressive then, that owner would be required to take additional steps to make sure the public safe? Now I know what you’re thinking, that would take a lot of time, and be costly, however, it has been proven that BSL is a time waster, and costly. So, why not, surely it would be cheaper in the long run and fair to all owners, not just a select few, right? Passports take time to process and cost money, waiting for gas takes time and costs money, at least this would not be discrimination! I truly believe that thanks to places like Denver they have shown other countries and city how to master the art of being inane, redundant, and greedy, not to mention absolutely ineffectual.
The media and our fabulous anti-pit politicians would have you believe the hype, that all pit owners are drug dealers, low life scum, gang bangers, and dog fighters, well do these people look like any of the above and does their “Dog of Choice” look vicious to you?
They sure don’t to me! what I see are responsible owners, and happy well-adjusted dogs. Why should any of these people have to walk their dogs with a muzzle on when you don’t have to? Why should their dogs be looked at differently? Particularly when they’ve done nothing wrong?
Well Richmond, I guess its time to rally the troops to rattle the bars, and rock the boat! Here’s a couple of documents our city council has put
out; Richmond bylaw and this little gem;C:\\Users\\Owner\\Desktop\\City of Richmond BC – Dog Licences.mht but while I’m at it have a little look-see at this;
We are moving in the wrong direction here folks and I assure you, we will not be happy with the results! We need to show we are not Ontario, we are not like Denver Colorado, we are Vancouver! The mecca, the melting po,t where all are excepted, regardless of race, appearance, characteristics or religions. Where you are judged by your actions, not by how you look! Don’t let a banner like this symbolize Vancouver
Thanks for taking the time!