I live in Ontario, the land of the McGuinty government, and BSL. Now anyone who knows me is well aware that I have been fighting this legislation since about five minutes after its inception, but most are not aware of the myriad of reasons why. Sure there are the obvious reasons, BSL kills good dogs, and is an unfair piece of legislation that holds animals responsible for the actions of a few bad owners, but there are far more reasons beyond that to fight BSL.
I think that one of the main reasons besides the obvious for me, would be the message BSL legislation is sending to our children. Lets think about this for just one minute folks. I mean we spend our children’s formative years trying to teach them not to judge a book by its cover. We try to make them understand that discrimination because of skin color, race, religion, or nationality is wrong, then we go and pass a legislation that teaches them exactly the opposite.
Now some factions would have you believe I am being ridiculous, they would say that this is different we are talking about animals not humans, but really the concept is no different. How do we make that distinction, have we not taught our children since birth that right is right and wrong is wrong, and that they should never judge until they have evaluated? Now we are supposed to teach them that those rules only apply to humans? Isn’t this a confusing message? Is this legislation not reducing animals to the status of inanimate objects? Is it not teaching our children that we as a society eradicate that which we can not control or understand?
We have spent years teaching our children to respect life, and now the government wants us to tell them they are only to respect the life of human beings? That it’s okay to discriminate against animals? Great, wonderful, lets teach the next generation that they only need to respect human life. Let’s create an entire generation of people who do not care about the lives of animals! Let’s go backwards thanks to the Ontario government. Alright, I know, I’m ranting, but in my defense, how is this progress?
Another question you have to ask yourself is this, if the Ontario government succeeds in convincing our children that the lives of animals are not important, and that it is okay to wipe out breeds society deems undesirable, how long will it be before disrespect for all life becomes the norm. How long will it be before this new generation sees themselves as God, eradicating species they think the world would do better without?
When we fight BSL we are not only doing it for our beloved pets, but for the morality of our children as well. So before you say “BSL doesn’t affect me or my family” think about the message breed discrimination is sending to our children, and join our fight for that reason if for no other!
Punish the DEED not the BREED!