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Saturday, January 26, 2008

Dogs are not the problem--HUMANS are!

I am very tired of hearing about "mean" or "vicious" dogs. I am not going to go into Breed Specific Legislation (BSL) too much but I want to talk about these terms in general.

If a puppy or dog is treated in a loving, humane way, we would not hear about dogs biting people or children nearly as much as we do now.

When I hear another city has passed some sort of BSL, I cringe. I know that many, many innocent, loving dogs may be euthanised simply because now, after the passing of an ordinance they are considered dangerous. When just yesterday, they were just another dog enjoying the sunshine in their own backyards. Now, they must be killed because they are vicious and dangerous to people.

Come on! Are humans really that stupid and ignorant?! This sounds like the Salem Witch trials in 1692! Have humans remained ignorant for over 400 years? Apparently, the answer is yes.

Humans are choosing to remain ignorant because then they don't have to look at how their OWN behavior causes the problems.

We need education and we need people to be responsible pet owners. We need people in the community to be humane and compassionate to any stray animals they see and teach their children to be kind.

I think it is incredibly sad that people are not interested in getting to the root of the problem and just take the first, quick answer that will "solve" the problem.

According to the ASPCA:

Any dog that is treated harshly, neglected or trained to attack, may bite a person. Any dog can be turned into a dangerous dog. The owner is most frequently responsible--not the breed, and not the dog.

If you have been a victim of BSL and would like to talk about it, please leave a comment or email me.

Read the ASPCA's position on BSL.

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