I’ve never known all that much about PETA. I’ve known that they’re a bit mental, and that they pull stunts, and I know that they love animals. In fact, I have never doubted that they loved animals. Their whole purpose, they say, is to protect animals. And I’ve never had reason to think that isn’t the case, until today.
I recently wrote about how Members of Parliament in Britain would be debating Breed Specific Legislation, namely the Dangerous Dogs Act, which has resulted in the deaths of thousands of Pit Bull Terriers. This legislation makes it illegal to keep a Pit Bull in Britain, and if you’re found to own one, it will be forcibly taken from you by the authorities and euthanised.
This is barbaric and cruel. And for some reason, PETA seems to support it. A written submission to the committee debating the topic in Westminster from PETA was read out, and not only does it explicitly state support for the DDA, but it suggests more dogs be put on the list too.
The statement says:
“The failure to include Staffordshire terriers and American bulldogs, both pit bull–type dogs, in the Act has resulted in continued severe incidents of mauling by dogs of these breeds in the UK. It also creates a loophole that can lead the owners of prohibited breeds to misidentify their dogs as Staffordshire terriers or American bulldogs – or mixes of these breeds – on purpose.”
I’m not sure if PETA realises just how hypocritical this is. An organisation that claims to represent the interests of animals is actively campaigning for innocent dogs to, in effect, be put down. What does PETA expect to happen to these animals? For them to be taken away form families, only to be left to live in the wild? Or to live in special doggy concentration camps until their natural deaths? Or simply euthanised, as innocent Pit Bulls are today?
The Dangerous Dogs Act stinks. Larger dogs are more likely to kill – and yes, Pit Bulls are more likely to kill than other dogs – but it’s not the dog’s fault they’re genetically stronger. Killing dogs for traits they can’t control – and breaking the hearts of families over traits their dogs can’t control – sounds eerily familiar to me. Morrissey might call it the ultimate form of racism, and perhaps he’d be right.
If PETA are concerned about animal rights, then shouldn’t they be concerned about animal discrimination?
If you own a Staffordshire Bull Terrier – a breed that PETA would appear to want removed from Britain or wiped out completely – be sure to let them know what you think.
This organisation even has the audacity to claim that they’re trying to protect the animals. Their written submission claims:
“Pit bull–type dogs are bred, fought, abused, neglected, and used as guards specifically because of their breed. At this point, it's not only fair but also essential that we protect them based on their breed.”
Well, I would agree it’s time for Pit Bulls to be protected. They must be protected from animal-abusing scum who use them in dog fights. We must issue harsher sentences for these crimes, and introduce dog licences and training to ensure people know how to handle these beautiful dogs.
As a former handler of bull breeds, I know how effective proper training can be, and how safe and mild-tempered these dogs really are when trained and raised properly.
We must also protect the breed from organisations like PETA which are calling for even more innocent dogs to be proscribed.