I’ve been having a very hard time writing these days. Mostly it is because I am upset over news coming out of Washington, where your human Pack Leader (for Americans) resides.
I can’t help but notice some similarities between Breed Selective Legislation (against dogs; BSL) and the BS politics (against almost everybody else,) nowadays.
Under BSL, dogs can be shot on sight simply because they “look” like a Pitbull. If you’ve got a dog with a big head, beware! Dogs can be taken from their owners with little or no notice. Owners are required to muzzle their dogs and carry heavy insurance loads. Pitbull-type dogs are not allowed in doggie daycare, yet critics of these breeds say, “They need more socialization!” This discrimination is selectively enforced. Is this starting to sound familiar?
Under BS politics, “Shoot first and ask questions later” seems to be the rule. Families can be taken from each other, especially if they “look” a certain way. If you’ve got darker skin or a headscarf, beware! Discrimination is selectively enforced – Mexicans and Muslims are out. Their children are not going to be allowed in school. What about other illegals – the ones from European countries where the skin is not so dark? I have a problem with animals and people being discriminated against due to their looks. I could give you other examples, but I think you’re seeing my point!
Frankly, it’s disheartening.
A Pit or Pit-mix dog can’t help its breeding. A person cannot help their heritage or nationality. It is odd and unfair, from my canine point of view, that appearance should have so much weight in decision-making; especially, in life-altering decisions. For example, I understand that there have been no criminal attacks against the U.S. from any of the 6 countries that the American Pack Leader has put on the “hot list”; yet, there they are. This doesn’t make sense to me, just like the sign on the doggie daycare near my house that says, “No Pitbull type dogs or Akitas are welcome” doesn’t make sense, either. Shouldn’t we all be judged upon our actions?
I remember one time, when I was out in the yard and saw a rabbit. I burst through the fence and rounded the corner to the front of the house in hot pursuit. At that moment, a city worker pulled up in her truck and walked to the front door. Immediately, I changed course and ran toward this visitor. I bounded up to her, placed my paws on her shoulders, and began enthusiastically licking her face. How would this story end if BSL was enforced that day? I’ve never bitten anyone, but I could have been shot right on my own front porch. Some would say I deserved it.
Under BS politics, poor people, elderly people, anyone who relies on public education, and so forth, are under attack. It’s like they’re getting shot at. Some would say they deserve it. A shot was fired recently toward public radio and television. Aren’t you humans learning from the past? Haven’t you learned yet that a double standard is never fair? It makes me so unhappy.
A sad look today – no happy Woof.