Is Sonya Dias about to fly a legal suicide mission into the tower of dog ownership?
Does she have ulterior motives in challenging the pitbull ban in Denver, that doggie death camp for pitbulls?
They are the questions fueling the controversy that is swirling over the legal challenge to the U.S.A.'s most controversial breed ban, a lawsuit by pitbull owners against the City and County of Denver. The suit is based on the grounds that Denver violated the 5th and 14th Amendments - Due Process and Equal Rights - of the Plaintiffs. You can get a copy of the complaint HERE: Download Dias.V.Denver.pdf
But the fur was flying not 12 hours after news of the suit was announced, as accusations surfaced that Plaintiffs, Sonya Dias and her legal team are actually using the suit - not to defend the rights of pitbull owners ...............
........ but to actually derail the rights of pitbull owners, by elevating the status of pets above that of property.
It's no secret that hardline animal rights extremists seek to eliminate pet ownership through advancing the agenda of guardianship, which is achieved by arguing that pets are more that mere property.
Sonya Dias was busy defending her suit to me and scores of other, after these allegations surfaced, reasserting that the suit simply was about ending breed-specific legislation, and nothing else. Ahhhh, but Sonya's attorney, Karen Breslin, apparently has quite a different agenda ......................
Attorney Breslin posted her views about the lawsuit to a well known chat list, leaving no doubt as to her intentions - which are to elevate that status of pets above property.. Ms. Breslin said, and I quote,
"We aren't asking for the property status of animals to be taken away, but that they be recognized as much more than JUST property, which is a lowly distinction in the law, and allows government extensive power over that property".
And - if pets are no longer property, then there would be no way to defend your right to own one - which makes people like Kory Nelson, Ingrid Newkirk and others, like Best Friends - very happy.
Ending pet ownership - meaning legally defining pets as "property" - would be a wet dream for Kory Nelson, Denver's notorious Dr. Death Of Dogs and other pitbull hating politicians.
Why? Because if you no longer own animals - the Kory Nelson's of this world can ban pitbulls - or any other breed they wish -take your dog away, kill it - and you won't have a legal leg to stand on.
If pets were no longer defined as "property" - there would be no 14th Amendment violations upon which to build a legal challenge to a breed ban. How can a goverment violate Due Process by seizing your property - your dog - if in fact you don't "own a dog?
And if you no longer own a dog - or any other animals, PETA and other groups can will rejoice - because animal ownership is cruel and "not in the best interest of the animal", but if you want to keep a pet they will get to dictate the terms of your "guardianship" to you - which will be sure to include lots of money - for them.
Anyhoo- back to Ms. Dias.
Now I had the opportunity to speak with her yesterday. Sonya says she is very upset and had no idea that her attorney, Karen Breslin, would do such a thing, and here are my thoughts on that:
On Karen Breslin............
Did she - or didn't she know, Sonya, that is - that is the question.
- Did you know your attorney was intending to hijack your lawsuit? If so - that would make you complicit in helping to end dog ownership.
- If you didn't know before - you do now. So what are you going to do about it?
- Who is driving this lawsuit? What are your intentions, now that we know what your attorney has in mind?
The actual filing -which spells out the complaint - says this is solely a consitutional complaint. However - filings are just filings - and can always be amended. Filings are just filings - and what may go on in the courtroom doesn't always match the paper upon which the complaint is filed.
Where does it go from here?
Sonya Dias' credibility is at stake, and for many people, she has successfully bridged the gap between rescuers and breeders. Her Pitbull Band has fought against breed discrimination in Denver - even rallying those who would not normally join together.
Going forward, all eyes are watching Sonya - to see how she handles this - which will no doubt dictate the level of support coming from dog owners everywhere.
Which path will you chose, Sonya?
In the end - my mother was right - actions always do speak louder than words, and very soon we will all have the opportunity to see what you are made of, and exactly where this lawsuit is headed.
Sonya's actions will either silence the critics - or make their voices even louder.
We will all cheer anyone who is ready, willing and able to take on breed specific legislation, the Denver breed ban and help save dog dogs & democracy.
Will Sonya Dias will save the pitbulls and dogdom, or won't she? That is the question.