The push to call ourselves “guardians” instead of “owners” is not just semantic silliness or warm fuzziness. When we own something we are responsible for it. We take care of it. There are laws to protect animals from cruelty or neglect.
The term “guardian” is vague and unclear. By labeling people guardians of our pets, we have taken a step toward relinquishing ownership to the government. As guardians, we have no rights of ownership.
Often the bills are disguised in words like “Healthy Pets Act,” but the forces behind the legislation are extremist animal rights groups that care nothing about the health of our pets.
The most powerful are PETA and the HSUS whose ultimate goal is to get rid of all pets, all domestic animals. The Humane Society of the United States is often referred to as “PETA in a shirt and tie.” But their objectives are the same. And they are relentless.
With their plush headquarters, six figure salaries and million dollar budgets, collected from many pet owners who don’t know their real agenda, animal rights organizations are a powerful force. They donate large sums to political candidates.
But they are outnumbered by the millions of us who own dogs or other pets.
Those of us whose dogs are not considered for the Breed Specific Legislation should take care not to just sit back and let these laws be passed. We need to be aware of pending legislation in our cities and states and to be prepared to show the strength of our numbers to stop laws that infringe on our rights as citizens and responsible pet owners.
If I may paraphrase the famous passage by Martin Niemöller in referring to Nazi Germany
…they first came for the Pit Bulls and Rottweilers and I didn't speak up because I didn’t own a Pit Bull or Rottweiler.
Then they came for the German Shepherds, Chows and Dobermans and I didn't speak up because I didn’t own a German Shepherd, Chow or Doberman.
Then they came for the Retrievers, Setters, Huskies and Labradors, and I didn't speak up because I didn’t own a Retriever, Setter, Husky or Labrador.
Then they came for the Cocker Spaniels, Beagles, Bulldogs and Collies, and I didn't speak up because I didn’t own a Cocker Spaniel, Beagle, Bulldog or Collie.
Then they came for my Poodles, and by that time no one was left to speak up
On this website, Pit Bulls on the Web, 25 dogs are featured. Only one is the real America Pit Bull Terrier. According to the site "the rest are dogs that have been picked from breeders’ websites and should represent what that breed looks like. There are no mixes or rescues."
Take the test to see if you can find the Pit Bull. I didn’t do very well.