"It can and will drive breeds to extinction in the community by creating global sterilization" - LeeAnn O'Reilly, President, Dog Legislation Council Of Canada on California's SB 861
You've heard of the Terminator. Now meet the Exterminators.
The Breed Exterminators. We mean the California legislators backing the already infamous SB861.
The Breed Exterminators
Gavin Newsom tops the list of SB 861 backers - now known in the dog world as a breed exterminator.
Newsom had been hailed in some circles as Mr. Diversity - San Fran's mayor and man-about-town, is the bill's most vocal supporter and supposed gay-rights advocate. We said supposed.
Talk about inside out.
Infamous with dog owners of all persuasions , the intended outcome of California SB861 - is to eliminate - and exterminate dog breeds they define as dangerous or vicious through mandatory spay/neuter- solely based on breed.
Considering it is illegal in California to discriminate based on breed - the bill and its' supporters are blatently flouting their determination to circumvent the law.
Ever hear of racial profiling? Breed profiling is the same thing. Only for dogs.
Both State Rep. Jackie Speier, SB 861's author (and recipient of big money from the insurance lobby) and Gavin Newsom have ripped holes in the hearts of progressive, dog-lovin' supporters. Kiss those voters goodbye.
Now, if you're one of those people that thinks mandatory spay/neuter is a good thing - think again. This has nothing to do with pet overpopulation or solving the shelter problem. SB 861 is about the elimination - or rather the extermination - of dogs.
SB861 is so-far reaching, and without limits, that it will impact multitudes of dog breeds and threatens the very future of dog ownership as we know it. It's that insidious.
Think this bill is just for Pit Bulls? Get a clue. The City Of San Francisco's Commission Of Animal Control And Welfare (read Gavin Newsom) is assuming SB 861 will pass and wants to "explore" including mandatory spay/neuter for all dogs over 40 lbs - see this link.
So all you Lab and Golden people out there - you better wake up and smell the dog.
For dog owners in California and indeed in North America, the analysis of SB861 is scary.
The Dog Legislation Council Of Canada, a group that tracks dog-related legislation throughout North America, has thoroughly reviewed the bill.
Canine legislative expert, LeeAnn O'Reilly, and President Of The Dog Legislation Council Of Canada, concludes the following about SB861:
- SB861 empowers local governments to indiscriminately, arbitrarily define any dog breed (or mix thereof) as vicious
- No insurer will cover any homeowner with a dog defined as vicious
- The result of which will be mass loss of insurance coverage for owners of dogs now defined as vicious
- SB861 fails to address the core issue - abusive, irresponsible or criminal ownership
- SB861 fails to address 5 out of 6 factors used by canine experts to determine aggression
- SB861 will virtually eliminate dog breeding by ethical, responsible, hobby breeders of targeted breeds
- SB861 will erode canine biodiversity
- Mandatory spay/neuter may be applied to any breed
- Mandatory spay neuter may possibly be applied to all dogs over 40 lbs
Got all that?
So who gets to define which breeds are vicious? Why those little local town councils with no canine expertise -other than what their cousin Bill has told them.
Of course it would not only be Pit Bulls, and Rottweilers, and German Shepherds - it would be whatever they felt like.
I can just hear it now................
"Oh- we heard those Great Danes are vicious - let's add them. Ohhhhh - Don't forget those Saint Bernards - they're REALLY big - could do some damage. Hey - anyone hear about that Pomeranian - the one that killed the infant a while back? We'd better add them, too."
Twists Of Fate
Now here's a juicy goodie, and you didn't even need Desperate Housewives for this one.
SB 861 brings together two special interests for a common cause in a twist that parodies New Best Friends, Hilary Clinton and Newt Gingrich. Together again.
We are referring, of course, to the hot and heavy dating between the insurance lobby and extreme animal rights groups. We don't just think there's some heavy petting going on- we think someone's got a woody.
Industry shills for the insurance lobby have made no secret of their disdain for any dog over 25 pounds, and has also worked against bills that would protect dog owners from insurance discrimination.
So not to disappoint our fans, we'll be happy to take that up in another post.
Next - let's turn our attention to the far left. It is no secret here that the extreme animal rights agenda is to eliminate pet ownership. Period.
To eliminate pet ownership you'll need to eliminate breeding. To eliminate breeding, you'll need mandatory spay/neuter. Bye, bye, Pugs, see ya Shelties, smell ya later Labs.
Driving the legislative agenda for mandatory spay/neuter train are groups like PETA, HSUS, Doris Day Animal League (yes, dear buddies) and let's not forget those silly guys over at ALF.
Terminating The Exterminators
Now that you know just what's at stake, it's up to us - the dog owners of the free world - especially those in California - to fight breed discrimination in all of its ugly forms.
Now here's a message to California politicians from dog owners. Especially the ones that voted FOR SB861 - like the ones on this list.
For all you election fans - Terminator 2: Judgement Day - oops - we mean Election Day - is coming in 2006.
We'll be back.