Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Merci Defines BSL as Bull

Hey, Merci here. Since Buddy, Sam and I are dogs, I want to do this post on a serious subject. Today, it's Lennox and other dogs. Tomorrow it could be any one of us - or you. But first I need to explain the title.

Yes, BSL is bull!  All us Funny Farmers believe this.  When used this way, it could have one of two meanings:
1) Obscene word for unacceptable behavior.
2) A serious and ludicrous blunder.

We need to point out that since we're not allowed to use bad words, we are using definition #2.

BSL stands for breed specific legislation and we believe it is ... well, to be polite, a serious and ludicrous blunder for any area to condemn all dogs of a certain breed to death.

Yesterday the family of 5-year-old Lennox went to court in Belfast, United Kingdom, to try to save their dog from a death sentnce - and lost. They plan to appeal and continue the battle, but they have not seen their dog since it was taken away from them May 19, 2010. Lennox didn't bite or attack anyone. He didn't do anything threatening or dangerous. The family has complied with every local law, but he was seized because tape measurements classify him as a pit bull.

This video shows Lennox, happy and healthy "pre-arrest" and a recent photo of him sitting inside a small cement cell with sawdust on the floor - not a healthy environment for any dog! But then, they're planning to kill him, so why worry about his health?


If the video doesn't play, click here.

You can read more about Lennox and the fight to save him on his web page. Be sure to click on the tab "About Lennox" for details of his story. He also has a Save Lennox page on Facebook.

We noticed Life With Dogs has also posted on Lennox. If you are interested in contacting the Belfast City Council to voice your opinion of Lennox's situation and of BSL, you can find a list of members' email addresses. Please be polite when you write.

20 comments:

  1. Really - based on tape measurements??? That is a new one. Some government types are too dumb for words. Mom has a friend with a "bully" type dog that got her DNA tested....despite her appearance, no american staffordshire or "pit bull" in her. Which only shows that the experts really aren't most times.

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  2. I never understand those lesser intelligent human types.

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  3. We read Lennox's story on Life with Dogs yesterday and just were in utter disbelief that such a thing could happen. What ARE they thinking?

    Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

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  4. Good grief! That's awful. Only a human could come up with a law that would come up with a death sentence that served no purpose.

    Pits get a bad wrap anyway.

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  5. That is just so sad, for poor Lennox as well as his family. :(

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  6. I am not familiar with da laws in N. Ireland but I "tape measurements"...oh puuuuuulease!
    I haves read da list of dogs banned here in certain places and it is a complete joke...pugs are even banned in some places.
    No dog should ever die because of their breed or da way they look.
    Thank you for tellin' us bout Lennox.

    Puddles

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  7. This is just awful. Thank you for spreading the word.

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  8. Grrrrr! I think you prolly already know that BSL makes me SO mad! And let me tell you, there's not too many things that make me mad but that sure does.

    Poor Lennox. I just feel so terrible and sick in my heart for him and his family. It's so unfair and wrong to punish good dogs instead of bad dog owners.

    Thank you for telling everybuddy about this.

    Mayzie

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  9. BSL *IS* BULL! So stupid and misguided! What a horrible story. We are so sad for Lennox and his family.

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  10. :-(

    Thanks for this awful news and the links. I've just opened the facebook page and am now on the save lennox website. It's just too terrible.

    Poor Lennox. Oh dear. Take care
    x

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  11. It makes the blood boil when I hear about these things. That poor family and dog how so very cruel. There are so called human beings out there that are more dangerous than poor Lennox, he must be so bewildered as to what he did to get there.

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  12. This is just not right. I am half Irish and the English say the Irish are thick. Well this just proves it. Don't let this happen folks. protest now!

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  13. This is so sad, we will do what we can to help.

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  14. mom is saying bad words
    Benny & Lily

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  15. I am not smart enough to understand why they do that!
    But sure it is sooooo wrong!
    Take care
    Kisses and hugs
    Lorenza

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  16. Its sounds so sad :(
    Thanks for telling us all ....

    Hugs for all from
    Kareltje =^.^= ♥ Betsie >^.^<

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  17. Wow that is terrible. Those poor people. It is too bad that this particular breed is so picked upon. Plenty of other dogs do bad stuff.

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  18. This iz Terrible!!!
    This iz cause of Bad Beanz dat give breedz bad Reputationz!
    So Sorry for Lennox and his Family ~

    And they say Humanz are a higher form of intelligence... humph!!

    On a lighter note,,, we havin a Pawty so come on ofur and havez some Fun !!
    Purrrz~

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  19. This is so wrong...too wrong for words.

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