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Another Result of Animal Rights Legislation

Regular readers know that I’ve got this thing about the animal rights (vs animal welfare) movement. Well, there’s been a lot (and I do mean a lot ) of traffic lately on the ASSA mailing list about the constant battles we pet owners face because of the ARistas’ legislative efforts.

Here’s just one example. The following list contains dog breeds, in alphabetical order, that are either banned from ownership, or restricted so as to make ownership more difficult than owning other breeds, in legislation either passed, proposed, or tabled in venues throughout the United States of America.

1. AIREDALE TERRIER
2. AKBASH
3. AKITA
4. ALAPAHA BLUE BLOOD BULLDOG
5. ALASKAN MALAMUTE
6. ALSATIAN SHEPHERD
7. AMERICAN BULLDOG
8. AMERICAN HUSKY
9. AMERICAN PIT BULL TERRIER
10. AMERICAN STAFFORDSHIRE TERRIER
11. AMERICAN WOLFDOG
12. ANATOLIAN SHEPHERD
13. ARIKARA DOG
14. AUSTRALIAN CATTLE DOG
15. AUSTRALIAN SHEPHERD
16. BELGIAN MALINOIS
17. BELGIAN SHEEPDOG
18. BELGIAN TURVUREN
19. BLUE HEELER
20. BOERBUL
21. BORZOI
22. BOSTON TERRIER
23. BOUVIER DES FLANDRES
24. BOXER
25. BULLDOG
26. BULL TERRIER
27. BULL MASTIFF
28. CANE CORSO
29. CATAHOULA LEOPARD DOG
30. CAUCASIAN SHEPHERD
31. CHINESE SHAR PEI
32. CHOW-CHOW
33. COLORADO DOG
34. DOBERMAN PINSCHER
35. DOGO DE ARGENTINO
36. DOGUE DE BORDEAUX
37. ENGLISH MASTIFFS
38. ENGLISH SPRINGER SPANIEL
39. ESKIMO DOG
40. ESTRELA MOUNTAIN DOG
41. FILA BRASILIERO
42. FOX TERRIER
43. FRENCH BULLDOG
44. GERMAN SHEPHERD DOG
45. GOLDEN RETRIEVER
46. GREENLAND HUSKY
47. GREAT DANE
48. GREAT PYRENEES
49. ITALIAN MASTIFF
50. KANGAL DOG
51. KEESHOND
52. KOMONDOR
53. KOTEZEBUE HUSKY
54. KUVAZ
55. LABRADOR RETRIEVER
56. LEONBERGER
57. MASTIFF
58. NEOPOLITAN MASTIFF
59. NEWFOUNDLAND
60. OTTERHOUND
61. PRESA DE CANARIO
62. PRESA DE MALLORQUIN
63. PUG
64. ROTTWEILER
65. SAARLOOS WOLFHOND
66. SAINT BERNARD
67. SAMOYED
68. SCOTTISH DEERHOUND
69. SIBERIAN HUSKY
70. SPANISH MASTIFF
71. STAFFORDSHIRE BULL TERRIER
72. TIMBER SHEPHERD
73. TOSA INU
74. TUNDRA SHEPHERD
75.WOLF SPITZ

Excuse me? Golden Retrievers ? Australian Shepherds ? Borzoi ? Newfies ? Kuvaszok ?

Yeah, yeah, I’m sure that there’s a Newfie somewhere that bit somebody some time. But this list makes the point I’ve been hollering about for a looooong time: Once there’s a list of "dangerous" dogs, it’s easy to add to the list. It’s often difficult to get laws passed to create such a list, but new breeds can get added without any trouble at all.

Here’s the rest of the text of the article:

"Dog ownership is under a barrage of legislation that threatens its very existence. The chilling fact is that our dog laws in the United States of America are riddled with misinformation, urban myth, and blatant lies. Based upon the egregious fantacies of breed specific legislation, it does not give us much hope for the rest of American juris prudence beyond of the realm of dog legislation. We must ask ourselves, and our legislators if the rest of our laws are so horrifically flawed.

Breed specific legislation (BSL) sets a legal precedent that empowers the enacting body to add any or all other breeds of dogs, or domestic species, with no further public notice. Some breeds are included in so-called "pit bull" bans or restrictions. There is no breed of dog that is recognized by any registry as "pit bull" It is an umbrella term that covers twenty-five to thirty actual breeds. The term originated as a means to describe any dog whose owner fought it in the pit. It has expanded into a very broad, and erroneous usage.

Some breeds are named under "wolf-hybrid" bans or restrictions. Common theory was that all domestic dog breeds were developed from a proto-wolf ancestor. Now with the advent of the Canine Genome Project it is a fact proven by DNA that all domestic dog breeds were developed from canis familaris lupis, a sub-species of the gray wolf. Wolf-hybrid bans do, in fact, encompass all domestic breeds of dogs based upon DNA evidence.

Not one of these bans, or restrictions has made our cities, counties or municipalities safer. All dog owners should be treated equally under the law, and the public should be protected equally under the law."

As Barbara says: Punish the deed, not the breed!

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10 comments to Another Result of Animal Rights Legislation

  • They’ve got to be joking! Golden Retriever, St. Bernard, Pug????

  • cheri_berri

    At the risk of being banned on the list (tongue in cheek–I hope!) I must report that back in the 70s, when my first hubby and I were visiting a breeder of of Saints & Great Pyrenees, to return the GP pup they’d allowed us to take home for a few hours see how she’d get along with our collie and mini dachshund, two of the Saints that were confined to a small wooden shed were able to break THROUGH the wall of the shed in a matter of minutes (first there was a head peaking from a head-sized hole in the wall, then a body, then TWO bodies charging toward him) in an apparent effort to get to either him, or the pup. It took at least 2 people, maybe 3 to get them under control. As I recall, no one was hurt, but at least two of us were scared to death.

    Today I realize that we have no idea if they were just being playful (though they didn’t sound like it, as I recall), or if they weren’t being treated well, or if that largish female pup had ticked them off for some reason. I’ve had no known fear of saints since then, but then again…I haven’t been exposed to any since then. But I do NOT think that all of them should be banned. (to bring the comment back on topic)

    Cheryl

  • Cheri, not to fear. I DO NOT ban people for expressing an opinion different from mine. I relish hearing different opinions, at least from people who seem to have thought about them a little bit (I have little patience with “ditto-heads” of whatever political persuasion).

    I have no doubts that there are members of any and every breed on the planet who have bitten or otherwise attacked people, other dogs, livestock, whatever. I’m sorry that you found yourself one time on the wrong end of such a situation, but I’m very glad that nobody was injured. Lord knows, I’ve been bitten very badly by Shelties, as well as many other breeds. But none of that makes me wary of an entire breed!

    Thanks for your story!

  • I do not think that it is right to single out and ban any breed, as all dogs have the propensity to act aggressively. Those dogs that display aggression are ones that have been improperly trained. It is time that dog owners accept responsibility for their pets rather than support “laws” that are unjustified.

  • cindy colbert

    When I was a sophomore in High School a neighbor friend owned a German Shepard. Her father was an Air Force MP and the dog was a flunk out from his canine corp. One afternoon my friend opened the gate to her yard for me to come in and the dog flew down the drive way and attacked me. She bit my leg, my stomach and left a very deep nasty bite in my wrist which I had flung up to cover my neck. The experience of having a dog knawing on various body parts was a bit overwhelming for me and my mother who had to rush me to the doctors with puncture wounds bleeding like crazy. However neither my mother or I now hate German Shepards. For me the experience reinforced the desire to learn how to control dogs. Had I know enought to tell this dog to down I probaly would not have been attacke. In fact I have had experiences where knowing how to give a stern command to a stray or startled dog has literally saved my butt.
    I agree with Barb, punish the act not the breed. Although I have to admit here in Baltimore there are alot of ‘unruly’ pit bulls. I will never understand why owning a fierce dog is a statement of manhood. In the meantime watch out for those Airedales and Labbbys. :O)

  • Why not ban irresponsible dog owners. Any pup shown enough love and proper care will be a good dog. I own two <a href=”http://www.ilovemyshiba.com”Shiba Inu dogs, and even though they have a reputation for being aggressive they are as sweet as can be.

  • Hmmm, there certainly seem to be some odd breed choices on the list. I must admit that I think it may be good to restrict some breeds, such as the adorable pug, simply because of the problems they face with breathing. I feel this way about any dog breed that suffers due to the way it has been bred (eg, British bulldog). Of course, I believe the dogs that are currently out there, should be loved and live happily. I just wonder whether it is fair to keep breeding them. However, many of the dogs on the list do not have such problems.

  • Kelly

    I operate with these dogs and as far as animal behavior goes, I am a solid believer in nurture and coaching. I have met Jack Russell Terriers that I wouldn’t go around again, but have certainly not had a awful knowledge with an American Staffordshire Terrier. If you are talking about their owners- well, that’s a several story. Humans are animals as nicely, and we have a tendency to each have our unique strategies about “moral concepts”.

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  • BluvsJ

    Hi Enzo,
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