Thursday, May 29, 2008

Stop the Pit Bull Ban

Anonymous left a comment on our recent post regarding the proposed pit bull ban in Ohio. Since we can't contact Anonymous to ask permission, we hope he or she won't mind if we borrow it to help make a point. Anonymous wrote --

I'm paraphrasing here, because I don't know exactly how the saying goes, but it's something like:

"They came for the Jews* and no one said anything; they came for the (fill in the blank), and no one said anything ... they came for ME, and no one was left to say anything."

We could easily fit "pit bull" in the blank section, and it would work. Then, "they came for Cats, and no one was left to say anything." could fit too.

This has to be stopped. How to we protest, and who do we send letters to, if we're from another state? (Good question. Anyone know the answer?)

* Nothing personal, this is just how I remember the saying.

Thank you, Anonymous, for voicing our own concerns. And on the precept that "great minds think alike," Jan had the same thought. And when Jan's brother read the proposed Ohio state law, he rewrote it to illustrate another example of the type of evil that can eventually arise from such a broad class death sentence.

Sec. (A) Beginning ninety days after the effective date of this section, no person shall own, keep, or harbor a person that belongs to a breed that is commonly known as a senior citizen.

(B) Not later than ninety days after the effective date of this section, a person who cares for, helps, or harbors a senior citizen on the effective date of this section shall surrender the senior citizen to the old folks warden. Not later than ten days after receiving the senior citizen, the old folks warden shall euthanize the older person.

(C)(1) Beginning ninety days after the effective date of this section, if an officer has probable cause to believe that an older person is a senior citizen, the officer may apply to a court of competent jurisdiction for a search warrant. The court shall issue a search warrant for the purposes requested if there is probable cause to believe that an older person is a senior citizen.

(2) After obtaining a search warrant, an officer shall seize the senior citizen and surrender the older person to the older person warden. Not later than ten days after receiving the old person, the old person warden shall euthanize the old person.

We cannot permit people to get old and cause problems for this administration. We should not allow old people to wander about as they are a problem for this society and they take drugs.

Okay, this sounds outlandish, even funny because it seems so implausible. But is it really? We certainly hope this never comes to pass. After all, our Jan is older than any of us, so she must be a senior citizen by now. And where would we live if ...?

Breed Specific Laws do not protect humans or other animals from individual dogs that become aggressive and a danger to others. Punish the owners who train their dogs of any breed to be aggressive. Don't punish the pit bull "breed" for the few.

If there is one related lesson to be learned from the Michael Vick dogfighting case, it is that - if we remember correctly - only one of his pit bulls that had been trained to fight and kill was euthanized for aggression toward humans. The others were sent to various shelters for eventual adoption, although some suffered such PTSD symptoms, they will undoubtedly live the rest of their lives in shelters.

Labeling all pit bulls as dangerous or vicious is ignorant. Ignorant means lacking basic knowledge on a subject. We hope the Ohio legislation will decide to implement education instead of eradication.

You can read our original post on the proposed Ohio Pit Bull ban here.


*** Tesla's mom wrote an essay for her newspaper, The Extermination. Stop by and read it.

22 comments:

  1. all on this was well said..
    its time persons take a stand
    and be heard, its not just
    "pit bulls''
    its all pets- and as in the post
    HUMANS ??
    The way I see it, it takes action
    on our part to fix the problem.
    think about it!!
    " its about Time"
    kc

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  2. Hey, Does anyone else get this message when leaving a comment on either Willow or China Cat's blog? We can't find an email address for them, so we can't check with them on it.

    Technical details of permanent failure: PERM_FAILURE: Gmail tried to deliver your message, but it was rejected by the recipient domain... Sorry your message to mycatblogs at yahoo dot com cannot be delivered. This account has been disabled or discontinued.....etc.

    Jan's Funny Farm

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  3. We need to stop banning animals and start banning the bad owners....

    licks
    Charlie

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  4. I agree completely. Pit bulls aren't born aggressive, it's all in how they are raised.

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  5. yup - it's ridiculous - it's about the owners ... frustrating

    thanks for the note on my blog - glad you like the change and i do enjoy blogging again ... was kinda hard but am moving forward... know a couple of bunny bloggers that have just disappeared and thru email found that their buns died. made me sad they left.

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  6. Sums animals gots diffurent disposishuns, but it's da owners who makes da diffurens...

    Mawmee knew a Pit Bull mix named Missy and she was da sweetest, smart dog. Missy was furry talented ats diggin holes and jumpin fences.

    Now mee, ifns I had diffurent Mawmee, I woulds be a bads cat, but my Mawmee knohs I jus impawtient and needs strong lovin times... Ifns I gets miffed and starts slappin and nippin... Well I have to go in time outs til I calm down!! Dats how I started likin boxes sohs I coulds calms my selfs down and not haf to goh in a times out room! Ize not dum and pit bulls whoze iz impawtient can be trained to use dehr enurgee wher its supposed ta be...

    Pit Bulls woulds be guds police dogs.

    Katie Ann Kitty Too.

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  7. This is really getting out of hand. What other bills are they going to pass this time? What about Rotts, Akita, Doberman etc which can sometimes be real vicious? It seemed like this is another personal "dislike" for certain breed case again. I hope the authority will think of something less senseless than to ban pit bull.

    By the way, Panther is back :)

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  8. Great post Jan. Yes, BSL is ridiculous and does not deal with the problem of irresponsible dog owners (who own all kinds of breeds). All breed bans end up doing is punishing responsible dog owners of the targeted breed.

    I must also respond to Criz and say that Dobermans & Rottweillers were targeted in the 80's and 90's and are still targets today. Akita's are also another breed that often get hit with BSL as do Dogo's, Mastiffs, and even American bulldogs. I read one study that found 75 different breeds that were banned in some part of the USA. 75 breeds! All we can conclude is that when breed bans are allowed to be passed, no breed is safe.

    It is up to us, the people, to let our voices be known and to do all we can to prevent BSL from being passed!

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  9. I agree with Charlie - it's the bad owners that need to be banned!

    I wanted to thank you so furry much for coming to my Birthday Party yesterday - you all made it awesome!

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  10. Thanks for stopping by. I have sent Momo for help and asking that everyone watch out for Bendix!!!!!!

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  11. Fanks for stopping by to say hi to us too.

    Do any laws make any sense lately? Life seems to be getting crazier and crazier.

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  12. Mommeh's friend needed an essay fer her newspaper... come see wat mommeh wrote to submit. We'll here soon if it makes it in.

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  13. I stopped by to thank you for your kind words recently about Tasha. We miss her so much.

    We are very much against BSL. Unfortunately, public opinion has been influenced by the media. Most people don't understand that a dangerous dog is a result of it's environment and not a predetermined result due to it's breed.

    If I remember correctly, there is a town in Iowa where, in addition to breed restrictions, there are weight restrictions. I'll have to try and find that article again.

    As the list of targeted breeds grow, more of us are in danger. Even Eva's breed(Belgian Tervuren) is on some lists(primarily insurance lists at the moment) just because the Malinois (another Belgian variety) is used alot in law enforcement and protection. I referred to her as a Belgian Sheepdog, which is technically true, for our insurance since sheepdog creates more of a warm, family friendly feeling.

    Eva (and Momma)

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  14. Keep up the good work. Don't just accept things. FAZ

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  15. Good post. We need to protect pups and people.

    Our video for Amici's bday should be working better now. Thanks for stopping by and stop by again to actually see the video this time (as it was broken on you last time).

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  16. Dear funny farm crew & Jan,

    You iz one of our favorite placez to gets da newz dat we needz to know abouts what iz goin' on wit us anymalz.
    Tank you fur bein' so active & tank you fur vizitin' us when da momee cannots haz da enrgy to help wit da blog.
    We lovez you!
    Dr Tweety

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  17. Amen! It's all about the owners, not necessarily the dogs.

    Wishing you a very good weekend!

    Hugs, Kodak

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  18. We agree that it is all about the owners!

    We just saw today that there was a problem commenting on our blogs and we sent you an email so you will have our email address. But we don't know why there is a problem...

    Hope that you are having a good weekend!

    Purrrrrrrrs, Willow
    (and China Cat too)

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  19. That is a bad law, Miss Jan. I'm glad you are letting people know about it. Momma says it is very unjust when people try to legislate and persecute animals for the bad things that Beans do.
    Your buddy, Jimmy Joe

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  20. Thank you all fow youw puwws and good wishes and cwossed paws..they weally helped..don't wowwywe'we letting Daddi get his west.he's sneeping wight now
    love and smoochie kisses
    ASTA

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  21. I'm the anonymous that wrote the "I'm paraphrasing here..." My name is Barbara and I live in Illinois. I have a niece that lives in OH and asked her to write to her representative to voice my concerns. Whether she will or not remains to be seen. It just irks me SO much that OH is doing this. If it passes, you just KNOW that another state will decide that since it worked in OH, let's try our state. (Sort of like American charging for checked bags and other airlines deciding whether they should too.) This has to be stopped and I can't wait to see what we can all do about it. Cats, buns, lizards iguanas, pups, etc. need to unite!!!!

    Barbara
    I'm not a blogger, but LOVE to read others.

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  22. Hi everyone,
    I don't know if you are aware of this but there has been a change in the proposed pit bull ban for Ohio. It appears that we can all breathe a sigh of relief (for now) as Rep. Yates has joined with Rep. Webster to come up with a dangerous dog law that will target bad owners, without punishing all the responsible pit bull owners!

    http://www.local12.com/news/local/story.aspx?content_id=925cc1fb-8156-4948-858b-8ee4fb4738f7

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