MSN Is The New BSL - Exterminating A Breed Through "Kindness"
Would the world be a better place without pitbulls and Rottweilers and other "dangerous breeds"? Best Friends Animal Society thinks so.
In a stinging betrayal to dog lovers who are valiantly fighting breed-specific laws and measures, and a slap in the face to those dog lovers with Democratic, progressive or left-leaning politics, Best Friends Animal Society is holding a "Dangerous Dogs Summit" this weekend in the Denver area to help identify the issues and "craft legislation" based on a European solutions", aided by heavyweight Democratic political media strategist, Joe Trippi.
(Joe Trippi, btw - is the the man celebrated for his innovative and strategic use of the Internet to power the 2004 Howard Dean presidential campaign and runs the media strategy and campaigns for numerous Democrats.)
Let's just red flag those words -"European Solutions" - and translate that to "Final Solution". That' means you better get ready for the next onslaught of BSL - Breed Specific Legislation - which has taken on a new and evil genius twist - Mandatory/spay neuter of those targeted breeds.
That's right, breed extermination coming to a city near you in the form of mandatory spay/neuter or a complete ban on breeding of targeted breeds, all served up with a sickening sweet sugar coating, with a cherry on top, compliments of Best Friends and positioned as "progressive" and executed by Democratic media demi-god, Joe Trippi.
Why do I think that?
Best Friends promotional literature for the conference acknowledges so-called "dangerous breeds" -Download BestFriends.pdf
Just who's side are they on? The following is the Best friends 3 Point Plan - verbatim - right from their Sept/Oct. 2006 issue of their magazine:
"Best Friends 3 Point Plan":
"Best Friends is putting together a national initiative that addresses the basic problem of people breeding aggressive dogs:
- It acknowledges there are dangerous breeds, and that aggressive tendencies have now been bred into their genes
- It includes legislation making it illegal to breed aggression into dogs
- It goes after people who are breeding aggressive dogs, rather than simply the dogs themselves"
"All three of these things have already been done in Europe, and those measures are working".
Stop right there! Best Friends is now saying there are dangerous breeds? Best Friends is now saying "aggressive tendencies have been bred into their genes?"
Best Friends is sounding eerily like Mr. Kory Nelson, Denver's Dr. Death of Dogs, and since when did Best Friends become experts in genetics and prey drive?
Best Friends lack of knowledge about genetics, canine behavior or aggression is truly frightening - or perhaps even more frightening is the thought that Best Friends would rather advance their own agenda by deliberately misinforming the public and legislators. Which do you think is more likely?
So now the question you must ask - who are the "experts'' that are speaking in support of Best Friends efforts? Which leading canine experts are on the roster? Which leading anti-BSL crusaders are featured?
The answer is: None. That's right - no anti-BSL crusaders nor are there any experts in canine behavior or aggression.
That's right - zero. But that won't stop Best Friends from trying to set themselves up as the defacto experts in dangerous dogs. Like Martha says, fake it till you make it.
To fill the roster at their conference, Best Friends has gone out and rustled up quite a few animal control people - who FAVOR BSL. Oh yeah - there's Tammy Grimes - who has no standing in the BSL community whatsoever - other than she just signed up to join a BSL Yahoo Group a mere 3 weeks ago.
Where Are The Experts?
Declining to speak at the Best Friends conference, Diane Jessup, renowned canine expert and author, wrote:
"I applaud Best Friends' efforts to open debate on the issue of dangerous (dog) ownership practices. While I do not believe there is an "epidemic" of dog attacks nor fatalities given the mathematics of human/canine interaction, certain innocent dogs, breeds and people are paying the price for the media induced hysteria and fad cycles in pet ownership. I do strongly wish BF had foreseen the unintended consequences of calling this event a dangerous "dog" conference, as obviously a dog can only be as dangerous as its owner allows it to be. I am also saddened to see that BF is taking the path of "dangerous breeds" and considering natural canine behaviors often termed "aggression" as an "issue". The issue has been and always will be - ownership practices."
What's the REAL Agenda?
Best Friends has a clear agenda, and that is to use to issue of dangerous dogs as a means to advance an agenda that can only be detrimental to the future of the dogs we love:
- American Pit Bull Terriers
- American Staffordshire Terries
- Staffordshire Bull Terriers
- Bull Terriers
- American Bullies
- American Bulldogs
- Doberman Pinschers
- Airedale Terriers
- Belgian Malinois
- Belgian Teruvan
- German Shepherd
You should know that any Bull breeds, Guardian breeds or any working dogs are at risk from the Best Friends "dangerous dogs" initiative.
Addressing Dangerous Dogs
Protecting the public health and safety, and protecting and saving innocent dogs will only come through actully do the work of enforcing dangerous dog laws, actually enforcing leash laws, actually place the emphasis on owner behavior by addressing irresponsible ownership, negligent ownership, criminal ownership.
What I see instead is an effort by Best Friends to eliminate the future of specific breeds of dogs under the cloak of "kindness" or protecting the public though yet another anti-breeding initiative.
Because if you eliminate or ban the breeding of Rottweilers or Pitbulls - or any other working dog or breed with so- called "aggessive tendencies" - there won't be any Rottweilers or Pitbulls, or Mastiffs, or Dobies, et., etc., etc., will there?
A Big Fat Zero
For a long time, Best Friends has had respect from dog lovers and dog fanciers alike, reaping in a whole lotta revenue for their efforts. And I have been a big fan of Best Friends - cheering them on for their rescue of Spencer - the little pitbull out of Mobile. But now this is where the rubber meets the road.
Best Friends took in a whopping 32 million bucks last year - and how much of it did they spend on fighting BSL? Zero.
- How much did Best Friends spend funding groups fighting BSL? Zero.
- How much did Best Friends donate to fighting BSL in Denver? Zero.
- How much funding did Best Friends spend funding Mariah's Promise - a pitbull sanctuary outside of Denver? Zero.
- What kind of score do we give Best Friends in fighting BSL or solving the issue of dangerous dogs?
A big FAT zero.
Best Friends Dumps Katrina Dogs
Now while Best Friends is busy making headlines - and driving lots of donations - with the "rescue "efforts of 300 dogs Best Friends just flew in from Lebanon, there's a another activity they haven't quite blasted all over the media.
What they don't want you to know is that Best Friends is dumping the Katrina dogs - quietly.
It seems that Randi Bildner, Best Friends Community Programs Coordinator, has emailed numerous pitbull rescues around the country - asking them to take the Katrina dogs off their hands - it seems they are just plumb out of room.
"Best Friends Animal Society needs help from the best and most reputable Pit Bull rescue groups in the United States.
Best Friends - Doing Away With Due Process
Best Friends is also backing Tammy Grimes, the leader of Dogs Deserve Better and anti-chaining activist, in her alleged "rescue of Doogie, back in PA.
For those of you not familiar - Tammy is facing charges of criminal trepass, theft, receipt of stolen property for her "rescue" of Doogie.
See it's not the "rescue" of Doogie that's the problem. It's that Ms. Grimes - who is a private citizen - is unwilling - or perhaps unable - to produce Doogie so that he can be turned over to be examined by animal control so that his alleged abusers can be prosecuted.
We demand justice for Doogie - but without Doogie (or his body (rumors are afloat that Doogie is actually dead)) - there can be no justice. Calls for Tammy to bring Doogie in for examination have been ignored.
Tammy apparently sees herself above the law, and has stood in the way of due process as she has set herself up to be the judge and jury, circumventing the law.
Best Friends is not only backing Tammy in her court fight, Best Friends has even proposed legislation to shield other so-called "rescuers - call them thieves - from prosecution.
But Tammy, a newly minted martyr for her arrest, is the poster girl who is front and center on the Best Friends agenda as a speaker.
Since Best Friends is planning on "crafting legislation" dangerous dogs this weekend, so look for their "solution" to also include an anti-tethering component - another "kindness".
Conjure up the image of dogs on a chain 24/7 in a junkyard - no one wants to see a dog live life that way - yeah, Tammy - we agree.
BUT...... Tammy and her crew are opposed to ANY dog being tied out or tethers for even short periods of time, so those people who stake out their dogs, people with sled dogs, or people who can't afford fencing are withing firing range of this new legislative onslaught. But it gets better - it seems that dogs in dog runs or kennels are no longer acceptable to Tammy and her crew.
Anti-tethering is being sold as a "dangerous dog preventative", her people quoting unsubstantiated statistics linking dog bites to tethered dogs.
SHOW ME THE STUDY!
Dog Holocaust In Europe
The type of type of legislation that Best Friends wants to model - the European Convention for the Protection of Pet Animals and the Revision of the German Animal Welfare Act of 1998 - contrary to their names, has resulted in nothing less than the most infamous and Draconian breed-specific, anti-dog laws anywhere in the world.
These laws are a Dog Holocaust - and yes - there is a website called Dog Holocaust. The results are tales of horror, dumping and killing dogs, viscious threats, attacks and hate crimes against dogs and dog owners and much worse.
In Germany, the breed ban - and breeding ban - includes all the "Bull" breeds, most of the molosser breeds, and several of the flock guarding breeds.
Here is the German list of banned or restricted breeds:
1. Aggressive and Dangerous Dogs
- American Pitbull Terrier or Pitbull Terrier
- American Stafford Terrier or American Staffordshire Terrier or Staffordshire Bullterrier
- American Bulldog
- Dogue de Bordeaux
- Dogo Argentino
- Fila Brasileiro
- Kangal (Karabash)
- Caucasian Owtscharka
- Mastin Espanol
- Mastino Napoletano
- Tosa Inu
2. Potentially Dangerous Dogs
- Berger de Beauce
- Caucasian Owtscharka
- Middle Asian Owtscharka
- South Russian Owtscharka
- Kraski Ovcar
- Liptak (Goralenhund)
- Mastin de los Pirineos
- Mioritic Polski Owczarek
- Pyrenean Mountain Dog
- Raffeiro do Alentejo
- Slovensky Cuvac
- Tibetan Mastiff
Hate Crimes Against Dogs
The German and European dog laws which Best Friends points to as being "progressive" point only to hate. Best Friends says "These things have already been done in Europe, and those measures are working".
Oh yeah? I'll tell you how these measures are working. Here are excerpts from the Dog Holocaust site from dog owners whose dogs and lives have been literally threatened:
"Being the owner of a friendly AmStaff male the last week in Berlin was more than tough. Apart from the numerous insults such as "Filthy killer pig" or "they should take your children away from you slut", we were even threatened. They said someone should stab me and my beast and skin us alive or slowly roast us over fire....Who are the beasts one seriously has to ask oneself in view of such serious threats. By Thursday I was so nervous that my husband already thought he had to call the doctor. The fact that other dog owners are presently already so desparate and afraid that they abandon their animals, is saddening yet understandable...."
... Now hundreds of thousands of dog owners and their families are being criminalized and discriminated against by the German Federal Government and the state parliaments. In this country, the government of which claims the right to determine which democratically elected parties are to form the government in our neighboring state [referring to the parties elected in Austria, one of which is headed by a right-wing politician], dog owners are being assaulted, spit at and beaten in the open street. Good family fathers are sneaking out the house with their dogs after dusk to escape the mob incited by the politicians. To fill the cup to the brim, the secretary of internal affairs of Schleswig-Holstein encourages the citizens to denounce dog owners at the local authorities. Deeply hurt in my sense of honor and justice, I hereby declare publicly and call upon all dog owners, who feel as I do, to join me in saying that I feel discriminated against and patronized by the German Government...
... On Wednesday I was by myself when I took my two dogs (Mastin de los Pirineos Casta and animal shelter dog Barnaby, AmStaff) on our usual loop. A bit outside of town, we ran into some teenagers who thought they had to act ,courageous' and started to bother and insult me and the "murder beasts". I tried to walk away, but to no avail, they followed me. And there was no other person in sight. Then they tried to kick Barnaby (who was muzzled and on the lead), to which he reacted with confusion, whimpering and trying to get even closer to me. At one time Casta had enough and started growling and snapping, whereupon the gang disappeared, still calling: this attack dog will be killed! He's dangerous. We will report you to the police..."
Hey, Joe Trippi, how's that for being "progressive"???? Hey all you Dems and Progessives - are you down with this???
If Best Friends thinks "these measures are working", I gotta think that maybe Best Friends isn't such a best friend to my dog - or any other dog.
The Dog Holocaust has spread throughout Europe, and is a nightmare. Feel free to visit the Dog Holocaust site - CLICK HERE.
Killing Pitbulls As Kindness
Are pitbulls better off dead?
Ingrid Newkirk and PeTA think so. In fact, PETA supports automatic euthanasia policies for pitbulls at shelters, and PeTA fully supports banning the breeding of pitbulls altogether.
Let's call a spade a spade - it is certainly no secret that PETA advocates the extermination of the pitbull breeds - Ingrid Newkirk wrote in the San Francisco Chronicle last year. (click here for Ingrid's article).
While calling pitbulls the most abused breed on the planet, Ingrid thinks thinks the kindest choice is to exterminate pitbulls rather than address criminal acts and social issues that lead to abuse, dog bites, etc.
Now using Ingrid's logic, that would mean euthanizing all abused animals as the kind choice - and in fact - that's exactly what PeTA does, since they euthanize around 80% of all animals they "rescue" at their facility in Virginia.
But what about Best Friends? Are they now gearing up to mirror PETA? And will Best Friends extend their "kindness" to all so-called dangerous breeds?
BSL Wrapped In A "Kind" Package
Best Friends - predicating dangerous dog legislation on "European solutions" is in itself a a recipe for the extermination of entire breeds.
Adding anti-tethering as a "kind" dog bite prevention method is ill-conceived and detrimental to responsible dog owners, especially those in rural areas and poor dog owners who may not be able to afford the high costs on alternative containment. (But perhaps that is Tammy Grimes' goal after all).
Of course, anti-breeding legislation speaks for itself - because breeds-specific mandatory spay/neuter - the forced sterilzation of targeted breeds - can only have one outcome. If the stance is then somehow softened to mandatory spay/neuter of all dogs - it can only have one outcome.
Roll this "dangerous dog" solution up and roll it out, bankrolled by one of the richest animal groups in the country, and executed by one of the country's leading political media strategists and what have you got?
BSL. And my friends, BSL is BSL, no matter how they spin it - no matter how pretty the package.
A Sugar-Coated Poison Pill
In the end, Best Friends is offering a sugar-coated poison pill, and Joe Trippi's involvement is a huge slap in the face to every Dem or progressive that has fought against breed-specific measures across the country. Democratic and Progressive dog lovers are now wondering if Joe Trippi, if not the Democratic Party, has betrayed them as well.
This weekend, Best Friends and Joe Trippi are planning on launching a revolution to exterminate dogs with kindness.
My first question is - Joe, how much are they paying you?
My next question is - will you go quietly?