Have you ever heard the phrases â€˜Are you an animal person?â€™, or â€˜Are you a <insert animal type here, e.g. dog> person?â€™
Iâ€™d venture that more people like animals than dislike them. At the same time, not everyone is cutout to be a pet owner. It takes committment and responsibility.
My wife and I *are* animal people. Weâ€™ve owned ferrets, guinea pigs, rabbits and a dog since weâ€™ve been together. Previously, I had a skink, fish, hamsters, turtles, and who knows what else as a kid. Jean not only had birds in college, but a labotomized rat named Einstein (ask *her* to tell you that story).
So, the other day, I run across some information on SB 861. This is a law in California, known as Breed Specific Law (or BSL). It was signed on 10/7/05, and took effect as of 1/1/06. You can read a much better explanation here: http://www.defeat861.com/
Put plainly, SB 861 authorizes any California town to slowly remove from the dog population any breed of dog by allowing a town to require forced sterilization of any particular breed that they choose to target.
I had followed a link to a very sad video showcasing pit bulls and their owners. More specifically, it was a feeling of dealing with the cause of the problems, not the animals themselves. The phrase use is â€œPunish the Deed, Not the Breedâ€.
I couldnâ€™t agree more. Check out this entry on pit bulls. How many of those Urban Myths did you believe? Did you know the history on pit bulls, or did you just think they were all â€˜monstersâ€™.
Personally, I wouldnâ€™t want a pit bull. Iâ€™ve only recently become a dog owner myself, and some days Iâ€™m still not sure itâ€™s worth it (aw.. just kidding Sebastian). They just arenâ€™t a breed that appeals to me. But thatâ€™s the reason.. Not because Iâ€™m afraid of them mauling my children. Hell, if I beat the dog, starved the dog, and trained it to kill and fight other dogs, than whatâ€™s that say about me? If you think itâ€™s the dogâ€™s fault if a biting incident should occur and not the ownerâ€™s responsibility, then youâ€™re way off base.
Is that to say that there arenâ€™t some dogs who are arenâ€™t mean and nasty? Of course not! But a few bad apples, shouldnâ€™t ruin the bunch.
Anyhow, I told Jean about the video, and at first she didnâ€™t want to watch it. But I prodded her anyway. Not only did she watch the first one, but another one as well. She called me a meanie for making her cry. I told her if it was any consulation, I got teary eyed after watching them too.
Iâ€™m going to post the two we watched her. Be advised, if youâ€™re an â€œanimal personâ€, you might be sad after watching them.. so plan your chocolate intake appropriately.
Behind Blue Eyes (Myspace – Can’t embed it)
Sorry Again (Streamed)
Lonely Day (MySpace)