Monday, November 17, 2008

Judging a Dog by the Color of it's Skin

As I'm contemplating applying for a job that would relocate us to Denver, I'm appalled to learn that Denver is still enforcing what is known to be the cruelist, most strict breed ban in the country.  That's right, if you live in Denver city limits, it is illegal to have a pitbull or any one of the 20 or so breeds that remotely look like a pitbull.  Even if your dog has some physical traits common to pitbulls, you run the risk of having your dog removed from your home, impounded, and euthanized for absolutely no reason.

Denver has taken and euthanized (what a euphemism!), how about taken and MURDERED, nearly 2,000 innocent family pets since it's inception in 1989.  There are absolutely no exceptions, and if your dog isn't even a pitbull, the burden of proof falls upon the owner to prove the lineage of their beloved family member, before it is placed on death row for slaughter.

One ignorant city council person went so far as to say:  'Pitbulls are like sharks;  they will rip the flesh of of any human being.'  Hmmmm....Wow.......

Best Friends has some great information on BSL, or Breed Specific Legislation- you can read about it here:

I was also equally appalled to find out that PETA, of all groups, is also anti pit bull.  Here is a paragraph I just copied from their position statement:

Legislatures across the country are increasingly seeking to ban pit bulls in an effort to crack down on dogfighting and prevent attacks by pit bulls. PETA supports legislation that bans the breeding of pit bulls, just as we support any spay/neuter legislation as the most effective way to combat the tragic companion animal overpopulation problem. We also support pit bull bans, as long as they include a grandfather clause allowing all living dogs who are already in good homes and well cared for to live the remainder of their lives safely and peacefully.

Well, the problem with that, PETA, is that in cities like Denver, there is no "Grandfather Clause" unless the dogs were born before 1989...ever heard of a 19 year old pit bull??  And the city will rip family pets out of loving homes and kill them.  How is that remotely humane????

Punish the deed, NOT the breed people.


Drew Holmes said...

Denver is too far,,,,,,

Jess Mauzy said...

Wow. I had no idea. I'd love to see the research that went into making a law like that.

shannon said...

Denver? What's happening in Denver?

JoeP said...

Shame on Denver.

Melissa and Jimmy said...

Come back please!!!!!!