Sunday, March 1, 2009

Some BSL being proposed in Oregon

My niece lives down in Oregon, and I got an alert about bsl being proposed in that State today - so I forwarded her the alert, and it basically will consist of -

- Owning a pit bull would be illegal, and the state would punish those who own one by euthanizing the dog, slapping the owner with thousands of dollars in fines
and perhaps even throwing them in jail.
- If your pit bull killed someone, you could be fined $125,000, spend five years in jail or both.

That second item got me to thinking. If you give birth to a human child, abuse him, bring him up to young adulthood, treat him really badly, give him very low self esteem, make him only feel safe if he joins a gang, he goes out and gets a gun, or he starts having fights with people and HE ends up killing someone - does that PARENT haave to pay $125,000 and spend 5 years in jail?

That parent has pretty set loose something on society that is guaranteed to kill some other human being at some point in his life - but no one would ever blame THAT PARENT, would they?

I am certainly one of those people who thinks that it's the dog owners and not the dog who is to blame when a dog does something dreadfully wrong - but it seems that a lot of societies problems are placed on dogs and their owners - and they think that if they can ban pit bulls, then violence and people dying in big cities is really going to be lowered - when in fact - it's not. All the same HUMANS are still going to be in those cities. Which is really too bad.

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