Thursday, August 21, 2014

Dangerous breeds

12/18/2013

I wish to record my very strong objection to any effort to relax any Ottawa city ordinance imposing severe limits on the possession or public exposure of breeds of dogs hitherto known as dangerous and/or vicious. I don’t believe a word of the voluminous propaganda against “breed-specific legislation,” so-called, and for exactly the same reasons I would oppose the possession of lions, tigers, grizzly bears, or toxic serpents or reptiles within Ottawa city limits.

The truth is that animals simply do not respond to each and all of the same behavioral cues that we rightly expect human beings to observe. The whole ensemble of their instinctual behavior is, in fact, species and breed-specific and genetically determined to a very high degree, beyond any serious doubt.  Some dogs are, unfortunately, naturally dangerous to human life and limb and safety, no matter how human beings treat them. And some breeds are, in fact, deliberately bred for their violent potentialities to life, animal and otherwise.

I wish to record my very strong objection to any effort to relax any Ottawa city ordinance imposing severe limits on the possession or public exposure of breeds of dogs hitherto known as dangerous and/or vicious. I don’t believe a word of the voluminous propaganda against “breed-specific legislation,” so-called, and for exactly the same reasons I would oppose the possession of lions, tigers, grizzly bears, or toxic serpents or reptiles within Ottawa city limits.

The truth is that animals simply do not respond to each and all of the same behavioral cues that we rightly expect human beings to observe. The whole ensemble of their instinctual behavior is, in fact, species and breed-specific and genetically determined to a very high degree, beyond any serious doubt.  Some dogs are, unfortunately, naturally dangerous to human life and limb and safety, no matter how human beings treat them. And some breeds are, in fact, deliberately bred for their violent potentialities to life, animal and otherwise.

All of this is true, notwithstanding a serious effort here to confuse and obscure serious facts, all designed to persuade the public that human treatment is somehow responsible for all such violent behavior from such animals.

Even if that pure speculation were true, it is crashingly self-evident that the Ottawa City Commission simply can’t affect that fact by any direct effort or sentimentality, whereas it can directly protect human life by controlling the human possession of animals here. Otherwise, they will put the welfare of animals above that of human beings, which is to me preposterous.

The City of Ottawa loves to boast that this is a great place to “live, work and retire.” That slogan will become a lie the instant any child or senior citizen or anyone else suffers the least degree of harm, danger or fear or anxiety about an encounter with a dangerous beast coming into public space from any private space.

I am a senior citizen, and so is my wife. We pay through the nose to support this municipal establishment. I want her safe and sound and I don’t want any anxiety about her safety as she walks around this town, which she has spent so many years loving. If she or I suffer one moment of any such anxiety, I will do my best to persuade her that we need to leave this place and strike out for one that makes a serious effort to protect our safety.

 

— David A. Lee,

Ottawa

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