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Please watch and share Snickers is running out of time and hope!
With BSL, oozing over many cities like an open sore, I have to ask where are the facts to support it? Do residents of these cities really want truthful info from an educated point of view, for legislation that works for everyone, or for it to be manipulated and simply forced upon us by our city council members like a plague, out of ignorance? Are these Councils fear mongering to further their own agendas?
Or is it what I have always suspected a cash grab? Do they have facts and case reports to back it up? Or nothing but rumours and unsubstantiated claims or assumptions of guilt!
Case and point I have a close personal friend who has a pit bull, he is required to muzzle her when he goes out. A few short months ago a Lab mix ran out crossing the street to get into the park they were in and went straight for his dog, while my friend scuffled with the (Lab), his dogs muzzle came off, the Lab broke free and attacked his pit bull, and she in turn fought back, in an effort to get to her feet.
The Labs owner phoned Animal Control, or the SPCA who wanted to confiscate my friends dog, until his neighbour (thank you neighbour!) stepped up, who by the way was at the park that day, walking his dog as well. He told animal control that it was the Lab that attacked first, and with the most aggression.
Now I think we all know in our hearts that if not for that neighbour, his dog would be on death row or dead now. In Richmond, BC Canada on January 10th 2011 at the City Council meeting where “BSL” and a “possible repeal or amendment for fair legislation” was requested by HugABull Rescue & Advocacy, the Council flat-out told them that not only would they not consider any amendments or repeals, they went so far as to say if they did revisit it, the council would most likely they ban “pit bulls” altogether!
I felt that HugABull failed in their attempt, I felt that they were not prepared, and went in flying by the seat of their pants and did not do their homework. I knew more than they did, not good for an advocacy group. (I want to say that I have the highest respect for HugABull, and all they have done for our dogs) but, they never said whether they requested info from the city on attack stats. In fact they didn’t say a lot of things! In their defense every interaction with any city council is a lesson, one must learn how to navigate those shark infested waters sometime, and I guess for HugABull they dipped their toes in Richmond’s pool, and Kudos to them for taking the steps that no one else would!
Sadly for the cause, they didn’t touch on any points about the fact that there is zero tangible evidence to support a breed specific legislation, but none the less, to me, that sounded like a “Shut Up and Go Away Quietly or Else!” Thanks for that Mayor Brodie, thanks for sounding like such an idiot on TV, makes our little city look a little less than appealing to people with common sense and a strong character. Two things you consistently fail to demonstrate. I am also very confident that I was not alone in that interpretation.
So where is their documentation to support what a huge problem pit bulls are or were in terms of safety to this, or any community? The answer… They have none! Oh right…, I forgot they don’t need it! They can say or do whatever they want and we have to learn to live with it!
They can abuse the power bestowed on them by their constituents and if we don’t like it well…. sucks to be us I guess! That sounds like a dictatorship to me, not a “Council” They can say there were attacks, and yes there were, But NOT all were pit bull, other breeds were a party to those stats. Only two were “pit bull” That I found out from the editor of our Local newspaper as The City Council wanted to charge me almost $3000.00 to get info on exactly which breeds were involved in said “attacks” now call my crazy but since they want to charge me over $200.00 to license my dog, I think they should be obligated to show me why!
They want to hammer on the fact that there have been pit bull attacks, (um okay I’ll take a politicians word for it then.) Keep in mind these determinations of breed were made by a visual assessment only, there was Zero DNA done on those dogs. And one was more a case of bad ownership than it was aggression from the dog, so again, I say where’s proof? I don’t blindly believe anything I am told by a politician or anyone else for that matter. I want the proof! And I want the truth, something I am sure Richmond City Council would have a hard time with. Assuming they know truth anymore.
You can’t get statistics on pit bull euthanizations (in Canada and the USA) due to aggression or attacks, and why? They don’t exist! RAPS (Richmond Animal Protection Society), Shelters, and the SPCA do not keep records on that, only the total number of dog euthanizations per year. Hmmmmm! Sounds like there’s a trend here, we want to ban them, but won’t invest in proving what the problem really is, we’ll just let the media take the lead and call it a “Pit Bull Problem.”
If we fear it we can legislate it out of existence, if we can make our citizens fear them, then we wont have to focus on making people accountable, and the ignorant, the Sheeple will support the legislation!
Bob’s Your Uncle, we can make a buck or $200.00 off those that can’t be led like sheep or intimidated. It can be made off those who will stand by their breed of choice at any cost!
Our Mayor, Mr. Malcolm Brodie said that there were several attacks in Richmond prior to the ban, as I stated in my earlier post about BSL in Richmond, let me just say this again, with the way the Media just loves a pit bull attack story, I find it hard to believe there was a significant problem, more like a council member that had a run in with a irresponsibly cared for pit bull, and why you ask?
Well, because over a ten-year period (unless I lived under a rock), would I not have heard about several, I only ever heard about one!So where’s the numbers and the proof? I need to see it on paper, otherwise as far as I am concerned we are in a dictatorship not a democracy. If as Mayor Brodie states and I quote “Most of the residents of Richmond wanted BSL.” Where’s the proof? Where’s all those elusive numbers? I’ll tell you they don’t exist either, the only thing that exists is a council that abuses the trust we placed in them, a council that uses their positions to further their own agendas!
I know from personal experience, being a resident of the town for 26 of the 28 years I have lived in the Lower Mainland, that Richmond has always been a pretty liberal dog town, so I could be wrong but I can’t see the majority of residents asking for BSL, some maybe, but not most! I wanted this town to wake up and see the light, but it has always been a town full of “holier than thou” Farmers and Yuppies, now it’s a town filled with people who do not know the laws, nor do they care! They do not follow any of the laws set out by this city, so I can’t imagine they would be all that upset by a pit bull ban, sad but true! In fact most of the people here do not speak or read the language fluently, they expect their children to be their interpreters, so I guess I am a bit skeptical that in light of that, they can make educated and informed decisions about a breed ban
It is now up to us the few it bull owners left to start this year off right, to start it off by making changes that benefit all the citizens of Richmond, and cities everywhere, BSL concerns everyone across the board and across the globe, and we all need to stick together if we truly want that change. we need Bylaws that are fair, and just, ones that are not discriminatory or based on appearances.
To me Christmas has always meant giving of yourself freely and with purpose, it has meant peace and good will, it has meant family and friends, and a huge sloppy wet kiss Christmas morning because the dog really wants to unwrap that bone!
I know with everything we are inundated with all year-long can be hard, so let me leave you with just a few things to ponder before you grasp your kin and hold them close this year…
A little inspiration from my friend Stevie Ohlarik;
If you can’t adopt – foster… If you can’t foster – sponsor… If you can’t sponsor – volunteer… If you can’t volunteer – donate…or transport an animal to safety…. If you can’t donate – educate, network, and cross-post… Everyone can do something, large or small, to help save a life.
Now isn’t that what the Christmas season is all about? But should it end there? Shouldn’t it be what everyone should be doing, not trying to save the world, just a piece of it. If everyone did just one thing, imagine what that would look like.
As far as BSL goes, Don’t let it ruin a little girls Christmas or New Year, why should her friend be taken away or killed in a shelter, just because of the way he looks? Pit bulls are not ticking time bombs they are loving compassionate little creatures, who have the tenacity and drive it takes to be called man’s best friend, because now days man doesn’t seem very worthy of being a pit bulls best friend.
To all my pit bull families and friends, advocates, and rescues Merry Christmas! Thank you for standing with me, for speaking out for educating the public.
David Edelstein, Drayton Michaels, Jean Donaldson, Dr. Ian Dunbar, Kym, Kurt, Simon, Billy, Matty, Cris, Jim, and all the others I can’t possibly all fit in here.., MWAH! You all know who you are and thank you!
This year I see more people waking up from under the ether that is BSL, I see education and understanding coming before fear and bias! I see a lot of things but none of them are possible without all of you, so to each and every person that reads this blog, that shares my posts, that retweets the things I say and the messages I try to convey, who does what they can on their own to change and end BSL forever, to rescue and save a life, Merry Christmas to you as well, and thanks!
Now with that said and out-of-the-way I would like to have another stab at a contest I am looking for the best christmas photo or video of you and your dogs, or just your dogs celebrating christmas this year, show me your gifts, your hats, and costumes, show me the love you share with you pooch! The winner will be picked in the new year so you all have until January 3rd to submit your entries. please send all entries to firstname.lastname@example.org The winner will be featured on apitome’s page for pit bulls on Facebook and will be the new mascot for January on my Twitter page, and obviously will be featured here as well!
So Merry Christmas gang, and send in those pics and vids! and if you do maybe next year I’ll include a gift certificate, harness or toy! and remember to include in email what christmas means to you and your dog!
Via a friend of mine Helene Scharf;
RUFF LIFE RESCUE DEVASTATED BY FIRE! Please help! Our very good friend and faithful animal rescuer Brieann Masenior’s (Ruff Life Rescue) home was destroyed by a fire this morning. Thank goodness no one was hurt–in good part because Brieann ran into the burning home 3-4 times to make certain all the animals were safely out. Her family can no longer live in the house and all the furnishing and possessions are totally destroyed. This wonderful family was already facing hard times, and as many of you know, Brieann has been there time and again for everyone who needed help with their animals. Let’s please step up to help her and her family now! I’ve set up a chip in that will go directly to Ruff Life Rescue: http://thebeameroo.chipin.com/mypages/view/id/099734356b7e5f4e If anyone wants to mail a check, or any gift cards to help the family get through this, please send all donations to:
Ruff Life Rescue P.O. Box 256 Rising Sun, MD 21911 If you cannot donate, please share the heck out of this. Thank you! Helene Charlie to the Rescue! P.S. If you have any clothing you would like to donate, here are the sizes:
Brieann – Pant/bottom – 5/6 top- medium shoe-8 womens
Marco – Pant – 34/32 top – X-large shoe – 11 mens
Jordon- Pant – 36/30 top – XX – large shoe – 10.5 mens
Cameron- Pant – 12/14 boys top – large boys shoe – 9 9.5
Ashley – pant/bottom – 7/8 girls top – 7/8 girls shoe – 1.5 / 2 girls
Where to send the above:
Brieann Masenior c/o Ray of Hope Mission 960 Craigstown Road Port Deposit, MD 21904
Please consider helping out Brianne’s family this holiday, they are a wonderful family dedicated to helping out any animal that needs their compassion, their love, or their help. So let’s all do a solid, for brieann and her family…, a little “pay it forward” of our own within the animal rescue and advocacy community. Let’s show we take care of our own, show this family “We are one, and we are here for them!”
Brieann, I’m so sorry, and I hope everyone can come together to help you and your wonderful family!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! I am sure the new year will be a fresh start and a great year for you all!
if anyone out there knows of some rescues willing to step up for these dogs Please send this to them asap! This is not right! these dogs can have a life, a good life, and become great dogs! some of Mike Vick’s dogs have gone on to shine, don’t let them die just because there’s no celebu-tard attached to the story!