Csh Threenorns
Csh Threenorns

Dear Premier Napthine:

I am writing to you from Ontario, Canada, where we have had BSL for many years.

Let me assure you: *** it did not work***. All that happened was that other breeds moved up the list - the number of bites did not decrease. Families with children have been completely traumatized when their pets - good dogs who never caused a problem in their lives - were seized and destroyed. Other people had to do midnight runs to smuggle their dogs out of province before they were...

Dear Premier Napthine:

I am writing to you from Ontario, Canada, where we have had BSL for many years.

Let me assure you: *** it did not work***. All that happened was that other breeds moved up the list - the number of bites did not decrease. Families with children have been completely traumatized when their pets - good dogs who never caused a problem in their lives - were seized and destroyed. Other people had to do midnight runs to smuggle their dogs out of province before they were destroyed. There are dogs who are not being seen by vets because the owners are afraid they will be turned in as Pit Types even though we're talking breeds such as Bull Dog, Mastiff, Cane Corso, Boxer mixes, and Yellow Labs - all of which are extremely frequently ID'd as Pit Types.

Csh Threenorns
Csh Threenorns
  • Csh Threenorns

Frankly, I'm waiting for Ontario to ban the Jack Russell Terrier - responsible for *thousands* of bites each year just in the Greater Toronto Area alone! - and the Dachshund (1 in 5 is confirmed aggressive, especially toward small children).

Why did it not work? It didn't work because while the number of "Pit Type" dogs decreased, the number of irresponsible and abusive owners has not.

Csh Threenorns
Csh Threenorns
  • Csh Threenorns

BSL is expensive to maintain and very difficult to enforce - my bff has a purebred, registered Chocolate Lab. She has to carry his papers on her at all times - they are severely worn from her having to bring them out and present them so many times and even those won't be enough if someone takes it into their head that Googoo just looks too darned much like a Pit Bull type dog because, like yours, our BSL is based on visual identification alone.

Csh Threenorns
Csh Threenorns
  • Csh Threenorns

Tell me: do you have posters at the airports with illustrations and measurement charts explaining how to identify a terrorist by sight?

You've put the onus on the victims - put it back on the criminals: bad, abusive, and negligent owners.

Sincerely, (me)

Olimpia Marina
Olimpia Marina
  • Csh Threenorns

This is so true

Joanne O'Shaughnessy
Joanne O'Shaughnessy
  • Csh Threenorns

Totally agree with Csh Threenorns. Premier Napthine is a veterinarian apparently....he should know all of this....it's not the dog that is the problem, it's the owner....shame on him for taking the easiest way out by banning & killing the dog, instead of charging and jailing the owner

Steph Michele
Steph Michele
  • Csh Threenorns

same shit different province. im writing from NS canada...BSL NEEDS TO END!!! i used to have a pit. one of the sweetest little guys to ever breathe. i was the only one on my street that didnt have a problem with his breed. i was forced to rehome him. that was 14 years ago now. but im so thankful i found him a great place to be. and i owe that to my mother. hopefully one day people take their heads outta their effin asses and realize its not the breed, its the people "raising" them.

Dywane Harris
Dywane Harris

sign and share

Julie Wilson
Julie Wilson

'Tarred with the same brush' comes to mind on this subject. Did we kill all Germans because of the actions of Hitler and his Nazi soldiers or all Russians because of Stalin's actions? Well why is it so easy for humans to condem a breed of animal because a few may have attacked humans? I also question the role children play in the sudden change in behaviour of an animal......perhaps that poke in the eye or that tug on the tail or strangling hug around the neck was just the last straw! Why...

'Tarred with the same brush' comes to mind on this subject. Did we kill all Germans because of the actions of Hitler and his Nazi soldiers or all Russians because of Stalin's actions? Well why is it so easy for humans to condem a breed of animal because a few may have attacked humans? I also question the role children play in the sudden change in behaviour of an animal......perhaps that poke in the eye or that tug on the tail or strangling hug around the neck was just the last straw! Why is it always the dog's fault?? We pull a punch if we want to retaliate, they bite! The other issue is backyard breeders. Money is their only motive not temprament

Ingrid Kokshoorn
Ingrid Kokshoorn
  • Julie Wilson

I agree with you Julie, 'tarred with the same brush', who makes up these archaic laws? a lot of these dogs have not attacked or maimed or killed and yet they are killed because a couple of dogs may have, none of these dogs have been proved to be 'Pit Bulls', a lot are of a mixed breed, so they look at a dog and 'think'...oh yes he is a dangerous Pit Bull, or whatever, down he goes. Even the RSPCA agree unless a dog has been through the DNA process, NO-ONE will know what exact parentage...

I agree with you Julie, 'tarred with the same brush', who makes up these archaic laws? a lot of these dogs have not attacked or maimed or killed and yet they are killed because a couple of dogs may have, none of these dogs have been proved to be 'Pit Bulls', a lot are of a mixed breed, so they look at a dog and 'think'...oh yes he is a dangerous Pit Bull, or whatever, down he goes. Even the RSPCA agree unless a dog has been through the DNA process, NO-ONE will know what exact parentage he/she is. As for young children, I know of a few years ago that actually tormented their dog and then they wonder why they snarl or bite or warn them off, parents should keep an eye on their children and what they do when with their dogs. If I was in that position now, I would sue the local council for millions for putting down my dog if he was of a certain breed that nobody could say truthfully, yes they are banned. Change the laws or DNA them ALL,

Helen Edmeier
Helen Edmeier
  • Julie Wilson

So what if the dogs are pitbulls??? I am a strong believer that society should hold the owner responsible and not the animal - Pitt bull or not!

Emilia Ashby
Emilia Ashby

Shame on you AUSTRALIA!!!! I for one would not visit your country, even though its natural beauty is indisputable, your soul is sicken when you kill animals based on Breed. It is ignorance, stupidity, and just plain evil! May the Lord give the owners of Koda and Beer peace in their hearts in the face of this atrocity. I am so so very sorry for your loved ones and for the pain you are enduring. So So SAD.

Maria Di Sensi Low
Maria Di Sensi Low
  • Emilia Ashby

I agree things who do this abuse to dogs,who are suppose to be man's best friend,you things,who don't deserve to be called people,if their is any justice out there,please hear my plea and let these things receive theirs,in their lifetime and show no mercy ! !

Maria Di Sensi Low
Maria Di Sensi Low
  • Emilia Ashby

You things are disgusting I hate you,your mothers,I'm sure would disown you,Shaming your own mothers,does that make you proud?

Julie Ostoich
Julie Ostoich
  • Jeffrey Tong

great article - thx.

Paula Carlson
Paula Carlson

Shame on you . You are disgusting piece of crap. How anyone can kill innocent animals is beyond me. People who do this should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

Olimpia Marina
Olimpia Marina
  • Paula Carlson

This insanity should not put a stigma on all Australians....Only some are ASSASSINS

Marsha Hentzel
Marsha Hentzel

BSL does not work and is cruel to dogs and disrespectful of their families. If the dog was dangerous he wouldn't be a family pet. Use your time and money to pursue the real enemy, dog fighting rings and their cruelty to animals. In America, Pit Bulls are some of the very best therapy dogs for small children and adults as well as support dogs for the disabled. If a horse throws a child and he dies, do you kill all horses? Makes no sense. Please ban BSL. You've killed innocent animals...

BSL does not work and is cruel to dogs and disrespectful of their families. If the dog was dangerous he wouldn't be a family pet. Use your time and money to pursue the real enemy, dog fighting rings and their cruelty to animals. In America, Pit Bulls are some of the very best therapy dogs for small children and adults as well as support dogs for the disabled. If a horse throws a child and he dies, do you kill all horses? Makes no sense. Please ban BSL. You've killed innocent animals and in some cases caused suicides because the dog was the only family the person had.

Jan Glancy
Jan Glancy

This reactionary behavior BSL laws and killing innocent animals because of a dog mauling is cruel to the dogs and families that behave responsibly. Laws are supposed to protect the innocent not destroy them. Think this through again! Ontario has BSL laws against Pit bulls too. These laws have never prevented dog attacks. Maybe we should fine or charge irresponsible owners once crime is committed- there's a thought!

Carole Criddle
Carole Criddle

This is barbaric! As a travel agent who was interested in visiting your country, I will postpone my trip until you change this law.

Kimberly Spanjol
Kimberly Spanjol
  • Carole Criddle

I agree - a trip to your country is at the top of my list, but I won't be visiting unless this law is changed

Sherry Grogan
Sherry Grogan

It is not the breed it is the breeding and the nuturing whatever the dog's breed....before we have seen the dobbie, german shepherd, rottie all put on the "bad boy" list...I myself had a bit of a hesitation around pit bulls because of all the bad publicity until I start volunteering with animal rescue groups and found that some of the sweetest, loyal dogs were pits and pit/mixes. The problem is the machos who need a mean dog to bolster their low self esteem and then can't handle it themself...

It is not the breed it is the breeding and the nuturing whatever the dog's breed....before we have seen the dobbie, german shepherd, rottie all put on the "bad boy" list...I myself had a bit of a hesitation around pit bulls because of all the bad publicity until I start volunteering with animal rescue groups and found that some of the sweetest, loyal dogs were pits and pit/mixes. The problem is the machos who need a mean dog to bolster their low self esteem and then can't handle it themself and turn it into what it was not meant to be. It sickens me to think we have come to the point where we must take a dna test to prove our pets lineage to keep them. Dogs are not meant to be status symbols or to be kept chained as guard dogs and neglected. We only see pits in the news when a traumatic event happens but what about other dogs...see those statistics....see the number of other breeds that bite and maul....see why those dogs have done those heinous acts...PEOPLE....PEOPLE...

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