The Pits

I just read a nice post by Kara at Lantern Books about her pit bull rescue Biscuit who is trying to make it in this world. It can be difficult gaining acceptance in society. I was reminded by this yesterday, when I was looking up requirements for crossing the border into Canada. We were planning on making a family trip to Toronto for the holidays and it would be Mookie’s first international visit. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like it is going to happen because the province of Ontario has a pit bull ban. Pre-exisiting pits in the province are grandfathered in but they must be muzzled, leashed, and spay/neutered. The only way for a visiting pit to gain entry is if he/she is a registered show dog or a flyball dog participating in a competition there.

Probably what is most disturbing about the ban is the “destructive” language it uses in the factsheet:

If you own a restricted dog and are convicted of any offence under this law, including failing to muzzle, leash, or sterilize your dog, your dog must be destroyed.

It is as if this sentient being full of love, affection and loyalty is some unattended package at the airport that must be destroyed simply because it is easier to do so than really address their perceived problem.

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~ by sangamithra on November 29, 2007.

2 Responses to “The Pits”

  1. ROTECT YOUR NEIGHBOR
    Hello fellow American. I will keep this short. The American Pit Bull Terrier is a proud part of American history. Remember “Our Gang”? Spanky and friends had a dog named Pete. He was an APBT. They represent everything that is is to be American. This is “to be smart, strong and family orientated”. Please do not let the actions of a few punish the many. I spoke with a man who delivered a Fed Ex package to me. He liked my dog (although she looks intimidating as well as friendly). With 30 years of delivering packages for Fed Ex he had NEVER come across a vicious APBT.
    Do some cold calling and surveys of delivery people. See what kind of experiences they have had with the APBT.
    PUNISH THE DEED, NOT THE BREED
    Just as Hitler came for those who could not stick up for themselves, BSL is trying to eradicate (as well as take away rights never to be brought back – rights Americans and theirs dogs fought and died for) an entire species.
    Please vistit The Connecticut Military Department web site at http://www.ct.gov/mil/site/. There you will find an article to read about Stuby the war dog. It is under “History and Adventure”.
    May god forgive us for the attempt to kill off a species (1,ooo+ killed off in Colorado with a 1 year jail term for dog owners). To limit one APBT per family is like China limiting people to one child. A limit like this WILL create puppy mills. This breed loves to play. To watch two American Pit Bull Terriers at play is pure joy (especially a momma and her pup). This is a property right issue. If property rights continue to be limited, owners are forced to leave and seek a new life else where.
    Remember, the rights that are “THE MOST IMPORTANT TO PROTECT, ARE THE RIGHTS YOU DO NOT BELIEVE IN”. Sincerely, Another American under constant attack

  2. i called the government’s office and they said it is ok to for a visitor like me to bring in pit bull as long as she is muzzled at all times.

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