Well, Crap... - Jessie T. Wolf
Isn't that kinda like...requiring everyone who owns a sportscar to drive under 30mph at all times? Or banning parents, because some of them are abusive?
That's just absurd.
NY makes it so that you have to be over 21 to own a so-called dangerous breed. I think that is fair. Outright banning the dogs because PEOPLE are abusing them and turning them into vicious animals is not going to solve anything. The people responsible for turning them into vicious dogs will simply find other animals to abuse. Not to mention--imagine how many abusive pitbull owners are going to hear about this law, and instead of finding another home for their dog, they'll probably just have it killed. AND what about people who have mother pit bulls with tons of puppies? What are they going to do with those puppies? They can't find good homes for them in the local area.
The whole thing is a load of bull. If they really want to decrease dog attacks in the area, they need to focus on educating people about how to properly care for the "agressive" breeds and be more serous about cracking down on people who don't care for their animals properly.
If a dog is well-treated and well-trained, it will not become aggressive. Simple as that.
the problem with havig to educate people like that is that it takes more time and money than the athorities are willing to invest. it far easier just to pass a law and be done with it, even if it is the worst pocible solution.
personaly, id rather see state issued licences for owning pets. atlest that may prevent more stupid laws like this one.
Lisencing programs are even more expensive than education programs in a lot of cases. Not that I don't agree; I do. But the problem with having a liscencing program for pets (I'm assuming you mean all pets) is how rigorously to enforce it. If you can't own a pet without a lisence, does that mean every time little Timmy brings in a tadpole or cricket from the backyard pond, you need to be sure it's a lisenced pet before he can keep it? Writing up lisencing legislation is a very complex and expensive process; you need manpower and employees to implement it. Like you very wisely said, it's easier just to make a simple, blanket law and be done with it. Shit like this happens because people just don't think it's worth their time to fight about. They'd rather spend millions of dollars arguing about the Ten Commandments. -_-;