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Objection: Proposed Pit Bull & Dog By-Laws — 6 Comments

    • Thanks, Mike. It has been highly successful. I gave a nudge but real credit must go to the public for their persistence and growth.

  1. One wonders, if this by-law gets implemented – WHO, will be assigned the task of determining whether or not a Bull Terrier like dog is a Pit Bull or NOT! The majority of responsible owners will be penalised because of a few who abuse the privilege of owning these beautiful creatures. As a staffie owner and mixed staffie owner I am seriously re-considering our desire to sell and move to Knysna – I do not want to be anywhere that my babies are not welcome. No doubt those who are abusing the breed for fighting and puppy mills to supply the fighting market will continue to get away with it, as to the drug dealers, the people who deal in stolen goods, the abusers whilst those who already take responsible dog ownership seriously will be pushed into an ever smaller world. By all means, have home inspections, have a register, have licences, enforce number of dog ownership by-laws and – seek out and prosecute the people behind the fighting and breeding. This has been pushed through without enough research, thought or public participation – like so many laws in this country nowadays. Send it back to the drawing board, bring in the experts, compromise and let’s find a way to punish the deed, not the breed and its owners.

    The term Pit Bull is often used as a generic term used to describe dogs with similar physical characteristics. A “Pit Bull” is one of several breeds including the American Pit Bull Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, Bull Terrier, American Bully, American Bulldog, Dogo Argentino, Presa Canario, Cane Corso, or any mix thereof. Any dog that is mixed with a “Bull breed”[citation needed] may also be called a “Pit Bull” including those that are descended from the English Bulldog, French Bulldog, and Boston Terrier.

    The genetic similarity of Bull breed dogs may make it difficult for experts to visually identify them,[1][2][3] and while mixed breed dogs are often labeled a “pit bull” if they have certain physical characteristics such as a square shaped head or bulky body type,[4] visual identification of mixed breed dogs is not recommended by the scholarly community.[1]

    • I like your comparison to drugs. It has become a world of aiming for the targets that can’t fight back rather than the targets that matter. It’s a way of pretending to do something whilst doing nothing at all.

  2. Already 90 comments, must be some sort of record. It’s amazing how few people have anything to comment about some of the other serious issues that this blog brings up, but dog breed / race discrimination seems to be more controversial than human breed / race discrimination.

    • 90 on the previous post with some more added here. I absolutely believe in animal rights and love public participation but it simultaneously depresses me that humans are not given the same attention. Only by creating responsible humans can we truly stand a chance at saving the animals.