Month: August 2010

  • What’s in a Name?

    What’s in a Name?

    What’s in a name?  Plenty.  So when animal rightists disguised as normal, rational human beings say things like this, “We needed to change the language [from “owner” of pets to “guardian”]…My feeling* was the term ‘owner’ denigrated the animal companions we share our lives with.” it sounds reasonable.  But guardianship is anything but reasonable. The […]

  • Barstow, California May Consider Mandatory Spay/Neuter Ordinance for “Pit Bulls”

    Barstow, California May Consider Mandatory Spay/Neuter Ordinance for “Pit Bulls”

    From the Victorville Daily Press: A consultant working with Barstow to update its vicious-dog ordinance recommends that the city consider a mandatory spay-and-neuter law. But whether that law would require all dog owners to fix their animals or only to pit bull owners is up to city officials, he says.

  • With Elected Officials Like These, Who Needs Enemies?

    With Elected Officials Like These, Who Needs Enemies?

    Heavens to murgatroid, what is becoming of this country?  On the one hand we have very power-drunk nanny-staters who push overly-bureaucratic legislation like breed bans, and on the other hand we have racist podunkers who pass the same breed-specific legislation only with a racist bent.  The former, the nanny-staters, we lobby against every day because […]

  • Shoot First…No Consequences Later…Apparently

    Shoot First…No Consequences Later…Apparently

    Visitors to this site have frequently noted the alarming frequency with which law enforcement officers shoot dogs first and apparently have to answer no questions later.  For instance, if a law enforcement officer feels threatened by a dog, s/he apparently has the “right” to use deadly force against the animal.  But are these officers trained […]

  • Colerain Township, Ohio May Consider “Pit Bull” Restrictions

    Colerain Township, Ohio May Consider “Pit Bull” Restrictions

    Editor’s note: Again, what is a “pit bull”?  There is no such breed.  And since what folks refer to as “pit bulls” often runs the gamut of actual breeds and their mixes, it’s clear that Colerain Township has a free-roaming dog problem, not a “pit bull” problem.  As we have seen time and again with […]

  • Batesville, Arkansas to Consider “Pit Bull” Ban

    Batesville, Arkansas to Consider “Pit Bull” Ban

    Editor’s note: Since there is no breed “pit bull” statistics from this non-existent “breed” are meaningless.  Also, while breed bans themselves have been found to be unconstitutional, banning “pit bulls” from owners who owned their dogs prior to legislation being passed is a serious ex post facto violation. From KAIT 8: …”We’ve had seven attacks […]