The pursuit of some measure of security and
happiness is for every person a vital quest. Because of the relationships we
have with others, their actions can either aid or impede our own survival
and happiness. This is why morality, honesty, decency and integrity are
still important, despite what some might have you believe.
It is especially vital that those in positions of
authority and power exercise sound judgment, as their decisions can impact
on so many others. When the Ontario government passed the Dog Owners’
Liability Act, it did so ignoring the facts and thus created hardship for
untold numbers of pet owners and their dogs.
Declaring that all "pit-bulls" are dangerous, as
the Ontario government has done, is patently false. And it is false because
our lawmakers have substituted a generality for any real observation or
thinking. Imagine the outcry if they had tried the same with humans.
"[insert Race here] are inferior." "[insert Religion here] are
fanatics." "[insert Nationality here] are terrorists." Yet that is
exactly what they have done with our canine friends.
It is a very unhappy fact that the Humane Society
has been inundated with "pit bull" type dogs since the passage of this act.
Owning a dog such as Hunny in the wake of such a law has its own potential
problems and pitfalls, making it extremely difficult to find homes for these
animals in the current politically unfavorable climate. And let’s face it,
it is not likely to be the criminals or irresponsible dog owners (who should
have been the real target of our lawmakers) who will give up their dogs, but
the responsible owners who feel they cannot cope with the onerous demands of
the legislation or the social ostracism that potentially comes from owning a
"pit bull." As a result, many innocent dogs have been euthanized.
Once thinking has been subverted by prejudice and
false information, it is not too much of a step to go the way Denver,
Colorado has in being able to cause a lot of misery to a minority
population; since they have enacted similar legislation over 1,000
"pit-bulls" have been seized from their homes and destroyed.
In The Way to Happiness, L. Ron Hubbard
gives us some guidelines to improve our chances of achieving harmonious
relationships and happiness. One of the points made is "Seek to live with
The truth is that one should be cautious with any
dog one doesn’t know. All dogs can bite. Some dogs are extremely territorial
and protective; others are not. Some will cower to a threat; others will
react aggressively. Most dogs are simply companions to their owners; a very
small percentage are brutalized and trained to be aggressive. Breed, like
race, has nothing to do with it.
If we are going to seek to live with the truth,
then we must first look. "What you observe is what you observe. Look
at things and life directly, not through any cloud of prejudice, curtain of
fear or the interpretation of another."1