First off - I have to say I met one of the nicest people tonight that I've met in a LONG time - hello to you if you ever do manage to get to read my little blog - thank you for taking the time to talk to me tonight about dog stuff. I learned a TON of stuff - and it was SUPER! I am willing to talk to you anytime you want to!
So lots of good talking going on about yesterday's presentations to the Law Amendments committee about bill 186 - proposed amendments to the Animal Cruelty Prevention Act. As predicted, the purebreed dog fancy people are going particularly nuts about the docking, and cropping aspect of the proposed additions.
LeeAnn O'Reilly, president of the Dog Legislation Council of Canada (Canada's first and unique collaborative effort of rescue volunteers, owners, veterinarians, dog trainers, breeders and handlers to promote responsible dog ownership of all dogs) - in a comment to the Chronicle Herald article says "It is a popular misconception that docking,cropping and dew claw removal are done for " cosmetic " reasons...For owners of working dogs,these alterations are done to prevent disease and injury while the dog performed the tasks it was bred specifically for."
Rottweillers are bred as guard dogs - why would they need their tail cropped for that? My Daisy is pretty good at guarding her food bowl - she didn't need to have her tail amputated to do it though. And when was the last time anyone saw a great dane doing a job it was bred for? Do any of us know what a great dane is bred to do? Or a boxer dog? Or a doberman pinscher? I think doberman's get it at both ends - tails and ears - and dew claws too. Too bad for them - but maybe good for them if the law passes though.
But back to the pure breed dog fanciers - they're the funniest ones. They are completely twisted out of shape. They are saying things like the SPCA has put forward these proposals to divert our attention away from their own scandals in the past months - move our attention over to the breeders now and give the public a new enemy to focus on - the evil breeders who dock and crop their dogs.
They're also saying that the SPCA can't deal with the repeat offenders and animal abusers - so instead they've decided to take the easy way out and hit the law abiding dog owners like the people of the pure breed dog fancy - and what their ultimate goal is - is to take away pet ownership all together. Can you imagine? An organization as benign and benevolent as the NS SPCA? Now the Nova Scotia Humane Society is another story - but the NS SPCA I feel pretty confident in saying is NOT a radical animal rights organization. I am PRETTY sure....
And I'm very happy to see that Granny has been prostyletyzing on her new blog once again - so we can learn some new insights from her - she's got some great posts over there about bill 186 - 2 just from today - one called "Talking to Politicians part 1" and "Sufficient Unto the Day" - welcome back Granny. I missed you.