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Sunday, June 1, 2008

Banning State Representatives

It came to our attention very recently that Ohio State Representative Tyrone Yates has introduced a bill in that state (http://www.legislature.state.oh.us/bills.cfm?ID=127_HB_568)
that will ban all pit bulls in that state. You can visit the link above to read the full text of the proposed law.
There are so many things wrong with this bill that we can never list them all, but at the top of the list is the fact that if this law passes, it will be up to the dog warden or other official to determine whether or not the dog is a pit, within 90 days of the law passing all pit owners will be forced to surrender their pets, and if a person is suspected or reported to have a pit they are subject to search and seizure of the dog. Finally, all pits seized or turned over willingly will be "humanely euthanized" within 10 days. This is horrifying, and a frightening example of government abuse of power. Our mom signed a petition here:
and when given the opportunity she added the following comment to her signature.

"I suggest that someone propose a bill that bans all OH representatives. Anyone found harboring a representative should immediately turn said rep. over to concerned pet owners to be humanely euthanized within 10 days. What? We shouldn't judge all lawmakers based on the actions of one misguided fool? Ridiculous, isn't it?
What madness is this? Who is to determine whether the dog is a pit or not? I'm not a fan of pits myself, but I staunchly defend the rights of any responsible pet owner to
1) not be terrorized by threats to their beloved pets based on prejudiced or fear based hysteria and
2) enjoy their rights to their privacy and property ownership afforded to all US citizens.

This insanity needs to stop. You can't judge a dog by it's breed any more than you can judge a human by the color of their skin. Any legislation regarding pit bulls (or any other breed) needs to be enacted on a case by case basis, not a law that bans and threatens to kill all members of a specific breed. If our representatives are brain-dead, perhaps we need to shock them back to cognitive thinking by threatening to remove them from their position of power. I thank God I don't live in Ohio, but if this law passes, I may wish I had, so I could add my voice to those raised in anger and disbelief against this elected lawmaker. If this law passes it will open up the door to representatives from other states to try something similar, pet owners everywhere, BEWARE!"
Pups, if you think this doesn't affect you, you better think again. If this law passes your breed could be next. And if this law passes, it will encourage other states to believe they can adopt similar laws. So please, for the sake of beloved furballs everywhere, go sign the petition so your voice will be heard and lawmakers will be put on notice that we won't stand for having our family members taken into custody and killed because of mass paranoia!
Climbing down off our soapbox now, but please....
Beware & Be Aware,
The RHP and their mom


Amici said...

We went and signed!

We had a bad encounter with 2 pit bulls a few weekends ago at the 3 acre dog park. However, just because that happened, I still feel that it is more about the owners and how they love, train, and care for their dogs.

Pit bulls can be scary because of their strong jaws, but we've met a bunch that have been extremely gentle and a good playmate.

I think Bama is right, if the ban begins with pit bulls, which mix or breed will be next? Huskies have a tendency to prey on small animals. Will they begin to be banned from public places, dog parks, etc. because of all the little creatures out there? Phew....hopefully not in our lifetime. :)

Turbo the Sibe said...

When I am President, I will be banning stupid humans. Especially politicians!

Tasha & Eva said...

We signed.

There are many breeds in danger of BSL in various parts of the US including Sibes, Mals, and even my breed - Belgian Tervuren. Many of the public are influenced by the media and don't realize that once that door is opened, their cute little golden retriever is in danger. (No offense meant to Goldens, but wanted to reference a breed that projects a friendly image to most of the public). There is at least one town (Fairfield,IA) where there are weight restrictions (100 lbs) and in Fairfield, they consider Sibes and Malamutes to be dangerous animals.


cyber-sibes said...

Our humom commented & signed. We lived in Ohio for over 40 years and never ever saw one instance of pit bull aggression. Even though they were "banned" from the local dogpark, several pitties & pittie mixes came on a regular basis without incident.

Sibes are already listed as high risk dogs with some insurance companies - we had to be 'photographed" and put on file when we lived in OH in order for our humans to get home owners insurance.
Let's hope this stupid bill doesn't pass, who knows where the stupidity will end?

Wooos & a-rooos,
Star & Jack a-roo

Penny, Poppy & Patches said...

The stupidity of lawmakers never ceases to amaze our mom. We agree with every single word of your comment! We will be signing the petition too! While we're at it, we should probably look into euthanizing most of the house and senate. I hope Turbo gets it all straightened out when he rules the world!

Poppy, Penny & Patches (BTW, we are at the top of the aggressive breeds list) Can you even believe THAT?

The Daily Echo said...

Absolutely ridiculous. I say we start banning various humans.

Kapp pack said...

SOme people are just stoopid!

WOo woo, KA

-The Mullin Clan's Mommy- said...

When our girl, Erin, was a baby someone asked our mommy how she could leave the room with her then Husky, Clover, under Erin's port-a-crib. The lady said that she heard that Huskies attack children. Mommy answered the lady with, "I would trust my children with Clover over some people anyday!" Some humans just do not use their heads when animals are concerned. They will lump all of them in a category if they hear bad reports of a chosen few.

Cosmos & Juneau - Bros on a soapbox!

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Dakota said...

We went and checked it out! What a shame they can't ban bad owners and leave us poor pups alone

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