May 30, 2008
And you thought the safety Nazis were bad....
Yesterday I wrote a post titled "How do I tell Coco they want to kill her?"
I am writing this one lest anyone think I was engaged in hyperbole. While I admitted that I was being emotional, the fact is that people who love their dogs do consider them members of their families, and when the government proposes taking them away and killing them, the effect on the emotions really isn't that different than if the government literally proposed killing human family members.
Losing a dog is a very traumatic event. I grieved as much for Puff as I have for a number of people, and by saying this, I in no way diminish the people I loved or the love I felt for them. Animals are animals, and they are not human, but grief is still grief.
Anyway, I did not exaggerate when I said that they want to kill Coco.
When I wrote yesterday's post, I was unaware of a proposed law in Ohio which would do just that:
"Pit bulls seem to be the dog of choice on the streets," said state Representative Tyrone Yates, D-53rd district, explaining his motive for House Bill 568, a proposal to ban pit bulls in Ohio.And more from the Baltimore Sun Weblog:
While numerous local governments have adopted pit bull bans -- like the two towns in the Dakotas we referred to earlier this week -- this is the first proposed statewide ban with which I'm familiar. It's a highly revolting development, and one that -- though, granted, it pertains to exterminating breeds of dogs instead of races of people -- is reminiscent of some shameful times in world history.We often hear talk about "safety Nazis" and the like, but these people really do want to conduct door to door searches to find and kill dogs.
(C)(1) Beginning ninety days after the effective date of this section, if an officer has probable cause to believe that a dog is a pit bull dog, 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 a dog is a pit bull dog.It's easy to say that I don't live in Ohio, but they're trying to allow municipalities to do it here in Pennsylvania, and while I can move, do I have to spend my life hiding and running? Must I live in fear of neighborhood informants telling the government that I have a pit bull hidden in my attic, and worry that eventually they will find Coco and drag her away to be killed while I scream and cry helplessly, wailing away like some poor babushka in Stalinist Russia who just lost her husband to the NKVD?
Yes, I know Coco is just a dog.
But I also thought I was living in the land of the free.
posted by Eric on 05.30.08 at 04:19 PM
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