To understand what a pit bull faces, we must first try to make sense of BSL, not an easy task. Since we started to see communities, districts and even Countries adopting Denver’s inane policies and mind-set, we have seen this ban spread like a cancer. These politicians, I guess in their own misguided way, think that this is a problem solver! Well how can this solve dogs biting? Look, as long as we have dogs as pets, there have been bites, you are going to see dog bites happen, it’s really that simple, and it’s reality! Saying you can end dog bites and ensure public safety with this ban, is the social equivalent to saying you can end murders by placing bans or rules on people! As long as there are too many people in the world, not taking responsibility for themselves and their actions, there will be murders, can you see the correlation there?
I understand three truths about BSL, it is wasteful, unlawful, unjust. So how do we change that? We change the way in which we are looking at a dog’s popularity, and dog bites in general. It needs to be taken seriously, there’s not denying that, but punishing innocent dogs and families is never an answer, and even our politicians know that.
Another simple truth is that when any one breed becomes popular, they become victims of abuse,and greed and a lust for power over others. When they are raised or owned (I hate that word in reference to any living thing) by irresponsible people who are not made to be accountable for the companion animal they keep, it always ends in disaster, for the public and for the dogs.
I remember when German Shepard’s were the wonder dog of choice, very quickly you started to see these amazing dogs in the wrong hands and all of a sudden they were looked at with disdane not love or compassion. Then it was the Chow’s turn, same idiot owners, same horrific results. Then the Rottweiler came along, they were big they were powerful and man decided they could be used in an aggressive fashion. So he encouraged that aggression, and yet again the dog paid the price for our lazy approach to animal welfare, we blamed the dog! and everyone hated the Rottweiler!
So lastly the American Pit Bull Terrier, the Staffordshire Terrier, and the American Bull Terrier came into the fray, and had we gotten better? No, we didn’t, we didn’t get better at trying to understand and deal with where the real problem was, yet again we placed the blame everywhere else except where it belonged. We said it was everything from over population to drug dealers, but when that failed to seal their fate we moved in for the kill literally! We blamed, you guessed it! The dogs, again!
We said they were bred for aggression and that made them a danger, we said they have “Lock Jaw” that is my favorite lie and we used it on the rottweiler too! What we failed to say, was that it had nothing to do the dog at all, even when we all know there are perfectly well-behaved and loving Rottweilers, German Shepard’s, Chows, Pit Bulls, Staffies, and Bulls living all over the world, we swept that one right under the rug didn’t we!
I guess what I am trying to say is that we can never truly understand a bull’s dilemma until we understand why we allow our own governing bodies to get away with that kind of manipulation instead of making us responsible and accountable.
Call me a conspiracy theorist, but licensing fee’s are way up for what they call “dangerous dogs” or “restricted breeds”. Fines for not licensing said dogs are up too, from what they used to be. So I am then to assume that all that money can’t be going solely to aid the shelters and animal control, can I assume that the city/provincial coffers or (treasury) must be filling up! even just a little at their expense, and ours?
If I were to go only by the dogs licensed to each district in my province times that by $200.00 each, than this province, well….. its making out pretty well for itself now isn’t it?
In closing I do understand a bull, I think it’s us I really don’t get at all!