Top Ten Reasons that All Dog Lovers should care about BSL
You may think that if you own a poodle or a collie or a golden retriever that Legislation that bans some other breed is irrelevant to you as a dog lover. You may wonder why you should be concerned about somebody’s else’s dog. You may even buy into the BS of BSL that fosters fear mongering about specific breeds.
Do you need to care? Should you be concerned? You bet! Why?
- Property Insurance! Wherever and whenever BSL is introduced, owners of dogs deemed to be dangerous are required to hold excessive amounts of liability insurance that will certainly not be available at a low rate. This opens the door for insurance companies to create higher premiums for owners of all dogs, even in areas where there is no BSL
- Yesterday’s ‘family dog’ could be the next one on the banned breed list. At one time, pittes were well-known and respected as ‘America’s Family Dog” Petey from Little Rascals is only one of a long line of famous loyal and devoted family pals.
- Mixed Breed dogs have no protection from being misidentified at any time of their life. The well-known case of Lennox, who was murdered by Belfast City Council today, is a prime example. For five years, Lennox was registered … until one day someone changed the goalposts, deemed him to be dangerous and seized him from the family who loved him.
- As a taxpayer, do you want your tax dollars spent on protracted legal battles that arise when pet owners question the legal right of local animal services to kill their pet?
- With the advent of dog DNA testing, it has been proven that even veterinary and sheltering professionals misidentified the majority of dog breeds. This creates more legal battles. Who pays for that? Why you the taxpayer of course!
- All prejudice is born of ignorance. In every single instance where BSL has been implemented, it has been vehemently opposed by every veterinary and animal sheltering professional expert at every level. Yet it has been implemented anyway.
- Even worse, whenever and wherever BSL has been implemented, all the politicians involved have been long on public safety rhetoric and very short on any discussion of the additional enforcement and legal costs that will be paid for by … who else .. taxpayers like you!
- BSL often comes hand in hand with a nasty little piece of legislation called pound seizure … that enables your government to sell impounded pets to research labs. This puts all dogs in your community at risk of dying horrible deaths. Think it could not happen? What if you went on vacation and your pet sitter lost your dog. Your dog could be suffering as soon as the 72 hour hold would be up!
- Even sadder is that BSL only offers the illusion of a safer community for your children and pets. It sidesteps the issue of accountability for all dog owners to train their dogs to be safe and trusted members of the community by putting the onus squarely on the shoulders of the dog instead.
- And Last but not Least …. BSL is not the way to teach our children the core values of compassion and respect for life. Instead, it teaches our children that it acceptable to judge by appearance. That killing is easier than finding meaningful solutions. Worst of all of course is that is does not teach our children that we as humans need to be responsible for the actions we do or do not take.
What time is it? It is always time to remember that the moral and fiscal cost of BSL affects every single member of the community.
In Germany they first came for the Communists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew.
Then they came for the trade unionists,
and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist.
Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn’t speak up because I was a Protestant.
Then they came for me — and by that time no one was left to speak up
Pastor Martin Niemoller
my own sweet O Henry … who loves to watch the little birds and squirrels out back 🙂