WARNING – LONG RANT! Breed Specific Legislation

!@(rottweiler.jpg popimg: “Cosmo Dawg”)OK – I must apologize, rarely do I ever get serious here at Cosmo GRRL! But breed specific legislation is very near and dear to my heart. You see, I may not advertise this, but Cosmo Dawg is a rottweiler. So it has been with keen interest that I have followed the ongoing saga on the province of Ontario’s proposed legislation banning pit bull dogs. The law has been passed. This means that no new Pit Bulls can be brought into Ontario, and that existing dogs will be required to wear a muzzle while in public and be spayed/neutered.

Personally, I’m not against muzzling dogs. Cosmo Dawg herself wears a muzzle while in public. It’s not that she’s “dangerous” and will go terrorizing the neighborhood biting everything in sight, it’s because there have been 4 occasions in the past that loose (small dogs) have approached and lunged at her (one Jack Russell Terrier was even so bold as to bite her on the nose, and in another incident a small child “karate chopped” her in the throat). She isn’t very tolerant of that behaviour (I don’t blame her) and she doesn’t know that it’s wrong to bite her attacker back. Since the damage that she could do is worse than the damage these small dogs and children do to her, we’ve taken responsible steps and we keep her leashed and muzzled on our walks. Now, if every dog owner kept their dogs under control these steps wouldn’t be necessary, but alas I can’t count on them. So for that reason I fully support keeping all dogs (regardless of weight, breed, sex etc) muzzled. There certainly would be many less dog attacks if this was the case, which is probably the same reason leash laws were introduced.

What I am opposed to is banning breeds. There will ALWAYS be irresponsible owners – regardless of the available dog breeds. Once Pit Bulls are extinct in Ontario, there will still be other breeds for these irresponsible people to own. I fear because Rottweilers may be one of them – but even badly treated or even poorly supervised Chihuahuas or Labrador Retrievers will attack people and other dogs. So what do we do then? Do we analyze which breeds are attacking most, and then ban those too? Or do we simply ban ALL dogs? Afterall, people kill other people – maybe we should just sterilize them too?

So here’s my brilliant thought – We should just simply make it mandatory that all dogs be muzzled while in public. And if they’re not? Then the owner is slapped with a hefty fine. And if your dog attacks someone while on private property (and therefore not muzzled)? Then the dog will be euthanized. I predict that these steps alone will make people more responsible and greatly reduce the # of dog attacks. Which is what we all want isn’t it?

6 thoughts on “WARNING – LONG RANT! Breed Specific Legislation

  1. 👿 I think that it is wrong to have breed specific laws, since all dogs breeds are capable of being mean, when in the hands of an owner that uses improper training techniques.

  2. Yes I agree that all dogs are capable of attacking. When I was 15 I was attacked by a German shepherd. He was fighting with another German shepherd and as I crossed the street to avoid them. One of the dogs started to walk with me to seek refuge. Because of this the other dog attacked me. So you never know what makes a dog attack and when he will do it.

  3. Yes, I agree with all of your comments. It’s an infinite regress. Eventually they’ll have to ban dogs altogether.

  4. I agree that all dogs should be leashed and muzzled in public. At least in cities and towns. Out in the country, there may be allowances, but in those areas, you must accept the risk of your dog getting thrashed by neighbors if he misbehaves. If my neighbor’s aggressive dog were to ever threaten me or my family, I would kill it quickly. Can’t let that continue.

    Breed specific bans? Not sure. Pitbulls have a bad reputation here because people bred them for aggression. Not sure how you would fix that.

  5. I like the idea of muzzling all dogs. Good luck getting it to fly, I suppose.

    I don’t think the ban is because pitbulls bite more often – I think it’s because of the damage they’re capable of doing WHEN they bite.

    I’d rather 2 chihuahua bites than 1 pitbull bite.

  6. Maybe we can ban the bad dog owners? Because I truly belive it’s their fault. You’re such a responsible pet owner, and Cosmodawg is the sweetest, suckiest little angel your side of the city. I’m sure there are many Pit Bulls that fit the same description. Just as I”m sure there are many Golden Retreivers, Yorkshire Terriers and Cocker Spaniels that are vicious, biting animals.

    What kind of dog did Natalie have that bit Hansa back in Grade 6? Wasn’t it soemthing like a little Highland Terrier or a Lhasa Apso….

    A dog is a dog. Muzzling all dogs in public seems like a much more rational decision Marie. :)

    Sorry for the ramble!!

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