And now…the truth about Merritt Clifton and his dogbite dot org and related sites.
And now…the truth about Merritt Clifton and his dogbite dot org and related sites.
Close to 2000 “pit bull type” (whatever THAT means) registered in Montreal. Let that sink in for a moment. Close to 2000 dogs within Montreal’s regressive and corrupt sphere. Outside of the merged city of Montreal are the following boroughs, with no breed specific legislation:
How many Staffies, AmStaffs, American Standards would be found in these municipalities? I would place money on over 2000 more.
So, with all these, (the following is a facetious comment), we should be wading through body parts. There should be multiple news stories of dog mauling. The animal control people should be overrun with these dogs.
The facts are faulty. Criminally faulty. Removal of the rights of citizens faulty. The statistics are out there and I don’t mean the false flags raised by the various nutbar web sites and individuals. I mean real statistics, by real experts, with actual degrees and not the fake credentials used by more than one anti-dog crazies.
I was told to “Google” dog bites related to pit bull type dogs and what returned were, by and large, hysterical falsehoods and the usual unreliable, if not false reporting by media. I chose to look for scholarly articles – you know, by people with actual educations.
If you don’t feel like wading through the statistics and information, although I highly recommend you do, here is the conclusion of the study:
In conclusion, this study showed a wide range in dog control activities in various Canadian municipalities, including different levels of resourcing combined with varying levels of licensing, enforcement, and other measures. The results are most consistent with the view that i) a high level of ticketing, perhaps combined with effective licensing, may lead to a reduction in dog bites, although it may also be accompanied by an increase in reporting of bites; and ii) seemingly effective enforcement levels were achieved in some municipalities at levels of budget and staffing commonly seen in Canadian municipalities. The data provided no evidence of lower dog bite incidence in municipalities with breed-specific legislation.
I will never deny that a Molosser is not capable of inflicting great harm and/or a fatality. I will never deny that some people use the breed in the same way that they use a motorcycle, muscle car or gun, a feeble attempt for personal power. These people should be held liable and punished to the full extent of the law. I believe the laws regarding dog ownership need to be changed but more to protect the animal than discharge owners from responsibility for dangerous behaviour of the dog.
As is proven by the vast majority of owners with “dangerous” dog breeds; the problem is at the other end of the leash. Few dogs bite and when they do, the causation must be addressed in the assessment; most bites occur, regardless of breed, when the owner is irresponsible. The problem is and will always be uneducated dog owners. The problem has a far more agreeable solution than the execution of innocent animals, the removal of the right of citizens; in Québec, in order to obtain your driver’s licence – you are obliged to take a driver education course. Makes sense, you want to drive, prove yourself worthy by committing to learning the skill.
Want to own a dog – ANY dog, commit to an accredited training course.
No responsible dog owner would refuse to be part of concentrated and expert guided training for their dog in order to keep their beloved animal and aid in public safety. All dogs can inflict harm. Just as all cars can cause fatalities; the responsible owner understands this and takes steps to learn to avoid any potential for harm.
The following study examines the incidence of dog fatalities in Canada and the majority of fatalities are, in fact, not due to Molosser types but are, in fact, due to sled dogs, huskies and crosses of the same.
If the study is too long to read; here is a link to a table provided by the authors:
The province of Québec saw an absurd breed specific legislation tabled in the National Assembly on Thursday, April 13th – presented Martin Coiteux, an individual with absolutely no background in animal science or behaviour. A man that, without, hesitation ignored science, ignored experts in the field of animal sciences and chose to pander to a vocal, small minority of equally as uneducated fear mongers encouraged by media whose sole raison d’être is to sensationalize news, more often than not, at the expense of the truth, in order to increase ratings and readership.
Québec took a golden opportunity to lead in the area of public safety and responsible pet ownership, in addition to adding money to the coffers vis a vis mandatory obedience classes and licensing, and flushed it down the toilet, in favour of ignorant hysteria.
Québec, c’est faire? Non, Québec a échoué.
This is our dog, Chico. He is a member of our family; he is loved and cherished. I would kick the ass of anyone who tried to hurt him. He has run of the house, in all honesty, no room is forbidden to him. We buy him special food, we cook meals for him; we take him to the doctor for check-ups and we have declined to take vacations because Chico-care was unavailable. For example, we wanted to go to Cuba this year but decided against it; we had no one to stay at the house while we were gone.
However, he is a dog. Communication is limited by the fact we do not speak the same language. As his humans, we have needed to develop the skill of watching his body language to determine his wants, to understand if he is unwell or in pain. We need to watch him to determine if he is in a good mood or a bad mood. Yes, dogs do “have their days”.
We also have a granddaughter – she’s 2 ½ now. I am very cautious when the two are interacting; I am, in fact, on high alert. You see, I also raised 3 children and I understand them as well. My granddaughter would never, willfully, cause Chico harm but she is a child. She is quick of movement and Chico is not all that familiar with small children. He lives in a house with 2 adults. Believe me, our speed of movement has slowed since we were kids.
I am constantly being chastised for not trusting either being; admonished for being paranoid. There are times when I question if this may be true and then I read another article where a “trusted” family pet has bitten and severely harmed a child. Regardless of the grief stricken rantings of the child’s family; it is NEVER, EVER, the fault of the dog or in some cases, the cat. It is ALWAYS the fault of the adults.
As adults, we have the responsibility to reason; to understand cause and effect. I don’t care if you employ an anamorphic attitude toward your animal – maybe you need to do this due to a lack of education or I.Q. – cats and dogs are a different species. They cannot communicate, effectively. If a child is, well…pissing them off…it can be very hard to judge before the inevitable happens and they respond as nature has built them to respond – a bite.
If you can only understand the concept of reaction through a human frame of reference; how would you react if you were essentially unable to communicate and someone scared you, hurt you or was annoying you? I know that if my husband is sound asleep and I were to jump on him, stick my finger in his ear or up his nose? He would, without doubt, react and that reaction may result in my getting knocked to the floor. If you startle someone, by jumping out of closet – a lot of people hit first and ask questions later. Dogs and some cats will react the same way except that their defense is to bite or seriously scratch.
Regardless – it is not the fault of the animal. It is the fault of the adults, in the vicinity, not paying attention. The end result is tragic, it’s heartbreaking on all fronts; if the dog administers a bite, most regions demand the dog be put down. Larger dogs only, it appears. And again, it isn’t the fault of the larger dog; he/she is simply larger, the teeth are larger and the power of the bite is also formidable. It isn’t the dog’s fault he is large.
We would not allow our kids to play in a busy parking lot and rely on the drivers to watch out for the children; the same premise with a dog or a cat. We are the adults and we have the absolute responsibility to ensure the safety of children in our care and the animals in our lives. If a dog bites? It is our fault and our fault alone. We are the responsible party – not the child, not the dog. Us, the parents, the caregivers, the friend – US. It is easy to lay blame on the animal because, cycling back to the beginning of this piece, dogs and cats, cannot communicate. They can’t explain what happened. I can, on their behalf; irresponsible adults.
Here is an article from a mother whose child was severely bitten by their dog – a beloved Retriever who, narrowly, escaped being euthanized but was torn from his home and those he loved, those he trusted because someone forgot that being an adult requires responsibility. I give this woman kudos for her honesty, most people just lay blame where it does not belong, on the pet.
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