"Personally, I support breed-specific legislation" - Darrel Dexter, NDP Leader - Dogs Piss On Pro BSL Candidate Darrel Dexter's Campaign In Nova Scotia Election
Provincial Election Day in Nova Scotia is this Tuesday, June 13th, the race just got a little hotter. NDP leader Darrel Dexter has angered dog-owning voters in his district and across Canada for his stance on breed-specific legislation.
Rick Conrad, Petpourri columnist, of the Chronicle Herald Newspaper, published an interview on June 6th of party leaders Darrell Dexter of the NDP, and Francis Mackenzie of the Liberal Party, concerning their stance on pet-related issues. Direct quotes from the article:
Q: Where do you stand on breed-specific legislation that would ban certain breeds of dogs like Rottweilers or pit bull terriers?
Liberal Leader Francis MacKenzie - "We are not in favour of bans on certain breeds. There are bad owners but very few bad pets. These types of breeds, however, require knowledgeable owners and we would encourage owners to seek professional training. Owners must be held responsible for the actions of their pets. If any legislation is considered, it will look at the owner, not the breed".
NDP Leader Darrel Dexter - "Personally, I support breed-specific legislation".
Need we say more? No - but we will......................
Dogs To Darrel - Piss On You!
"Even though Pipp is a border collie, his adopted brother Karma is a pit bull mix, and some of his best dog friends are rotties, pits and other breeds. He doesn't discriminate", according to a site run by Pipp's owner - www.nsdogs.com
We hear dogs and owners throughout Nova Scotia are lining up for their chance to piss on Mr. Dexter's campaign. Darrel's pro-BSL stance must have pissed of a LOT OF VOTERS, as Darrel Dexter's handlers are trying to backpedal off of his statement. Too late, Darrel!
You Talkin' To Me?
Blogger Joan Sinden, of the Dogkisser blog was so angered by Darrel Dexter's remarks, that she removed the NDP sign from her front lawn, taking it back to the party office to tell them WHY.
But not before she took this shot of her beloved Rottweiler, Daisy, another victim of breed discrimination, posting it on her blog, crossing out candidate Michele Raymond's name and adding "My Dog Votes". Hey - ya think the NDP has a clue yet?
Joan writes, "I also told them that I actually have a bumper sticker on my car that says "My dog votes" - which is absolutely true. And which is true of 1,000's of other Nova Scotians".
The Grass Isn't Greener
A fellow dog-owner emailed Green Party candidate Dr. Chris Millburn regarding his views on BSL - see his answer below:
From: "Chris Milburn" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Hi - I don't have much time, but here you go: I have 3 cats and a dog, no kids, need I say more! :-) I am for breed-specific legislation.
I think current animal-protection legislation is pretty good as long as it's enforced, and penalties are applied as prescribed. I think there needs to be much more restriction on breeding and sale of animals. In fact, I don't think a ban on the sale of animals is totally unreasonable - at least until our SPCA's are empty of unwanted animals.
Actually, Chris - you don't need to say anything more - you have said it all.
A Reprieve For Liberals?
That said, Francis, let me call your attention to the fact that it was your Liberal Party brothers and sisters who voted to pass Michael aka "The Puppy Killer" Bryant's Bill 132 - a bill designed to deliberately and systematically exterminate a breed of dogs - in Ontario, and that the Liberal Party subsequently suffered a defeat on the federal election. I wonder - is there a trend here?
The Dog Legislation Council of Canada has brought suit in federal court to overturn Bill 132, and a decision is expected soon. (btw - please consider a donation to the DLCC to help cover legal costs to keep Canada dog-friendly and dog-safe.) In the meantime, Michael Bryant and Ontario Liberals have so angered dog owners in that province that we can hardly wait for the election season to start.
Sending A Clear Message
One thing is for sure - elections have taken on a whole new dimension for dog owners of all political parties. BSL - breed-specific legislation has become a hot button in local and provincial/state elections.
Mr. Darrel Dexter of the NDP may support breed-specific legislation, but will dog-owning voters support him? Or will they take a whiz on Darrel Dexter, the entire New Democratic Party, and other pro-BSL candidates like Chris Milburn???
Personally, I support voter participation by dog owners to vote people like Darrel Dexter out of office. And you can quote me on that.
Here's a message from dog owners to Darrel Dexter and other candidates in Tuesday's election - - You'd better wake up & smell the dog because....
The results are in! Darrel Dexter won the race, but not before his campaign people got a strong whiff of the power of the dog vote.
Check out the sign that Nova Scotia resident and Poliscidog blogger Melissa Melissa McKerness, made for her lawn, making sure that local politicians were clear on her position.
Feeling the pressure of dog-owning voters, Darrel Dexter quickly backed away from a previous position of supporting breed-specific legislation, according to an article in the Chronicle Herald:
"NDP says Dexter has no plans for breed-specific bans on dogs
The questions were posed in The Chronicle Herald’s Petpourri column, published Tuesday.
She said Mr. Dexter does not support breed-specific legislation.
"I wrote it down wrong," she said.
Janet Chernin, the Atlantic chairwoman for the Dog Legislation Council of Canada, wrote to Mr. Dexter after seeing his answer in the paper. Ms. Chernin, the owner of two bull terriers and a Rottweiler, said she could not support a party that backed a breed ban".
Wrote is down wrong? That's darn good spin - ROTFLMFAO - I'll have to remember that - have an underling take a 3rd grader "I wrote it down wrong" approach.
Moving on, it seems Liberal Party leader Francis Mackenzie lost his bid - too bad Francis - and that Green Party candidate Chris Milburn wasn't even a contender, as his entire party claimed just over 2% of the vote.
Make Some Noise
Lessons learned here, boys and girls - you've got the power. Get out and use it. And anytime some sorry ass local politician wants to make his or her mark at the expense of your dog, make sure you tell them loud and clear: