Commenter Dog People Are Nuts (DPAN) made a great comment the other day. It was in response to this comment on the last page:
Maybe they aren't 'real dogs' though. If pit bulls are successfully banned, it will be easier to ban the next mauler.
Divide and conquer ;)
DPAN's response to that was [with my comments in bold]:
It's not tackling the root of the
problem. Why have pitbulls been allowed to even get this out of control?
Because they are dogs. Would mutant cats or budgies have been allowed
to kill over 20 people per year with impunity? [in a word...NOPE] Hell no; a single death
would cause a massive outcry and the breed would be outlawed and forced
If BSL is passed, don't expect it to be
enforced. Pits are banned where I live [where is that] and I see them all the time (and
yes, I've reported them when I know where they live). Why? Because if no
one has the guts to enforce even the most basic dog laws, no one would
be meeean enough to deprive someone of their BEST FRIEND doggie woggie
and then have it put down just because it's the wrong breed, which it
can't help! Aww, look, it's wagging its tail! [This sums the core issue to perfection]
Some of these bans
wouldn't be necessary if the dog laws that already existed were
sufficiently enforced: Leash laws, containment laws, laws pertaining to
declared dangerous dogs (eg. muzzling), breeding laws, licensing laws,
number if permitted pets laws, bans on individuals from having
dogs/pets. If these aren't enforced, why would BSL? [because the laws of DOG are above those of MAN]
The above addresses the core issue: We are expected to worship each and every dog, and to put Dog's interests above all other. Indeed, WHY would BSL restrictions be considered by us mere mortal humans?
I live in the U.S. State of Florida. Florida has "pre-emption" laws, thereby prohibiting local entities from imposing ANY sort of breed specific legislation. As much as I love Florida, I consider this complete BS.
Certain cities were allowed to "grandfather in" their pre-existing BSL restrictions. This includes the city of Miami and a few other places.
Now, Miami has been host to TWO DBRF's within about a year of each other:
Devon Jade killed by Pit Bulls. Consider: Pit bulls are not allowed in Miami-Dade County. And, this: Yep, look like full-blown SHIT BULLS to me!
Carmen Reigata killed by dogs (pit "mixes" wink, wink).
Lets crunch some numbers:
- Miami / Dade USA: 5.5 million population.
- United States: 322 million population.
DBRF's in Miami - 1 per year the past 2 years.
DBRF's in USA - 42 per year, as per 2014 statistics.
You have a 1 in 5.5 million chance of being killed by a dog in Miami.
You have a 1 in 7.6 million chance of being killed by a dog in the greater USA.
From that we can determine that, currently, Miami people have an above average probability of being killed by a dog than your average American. This is in spite of Miami's Pit Bull ban!
See how easy it is to play with numbers? I can set the goalposts anywhere I want. I can "prove" that pit bulls kill less than 1 person every 5 years if I go back to, say, 5000 BC! In any case, statistically, I just destroyed Miami's pit bull restriction even though I find it perfectly legitimate.
In any case, as DPAN pointed out, BSL will wash out in the face of the overall dog culture. The key to a pit bull (or any sort of doggie restriction) is to FIRST undermine the canine supremacy movement. When that is done, THEN and only THEN will the BSL restriction take hold.
Have a great weekend!