Thursday, May 29, 2008

Yet more hysteria and stupidity

Leola, South Dakota in the US has banned German Shepherds, Rottweilers, Pit Bulls, Bull Mastiffs and Doberman Pinchers.

The net is spreading, folks. Those of you who sat complacently on the sidelines thinking you were're not.

British Columbia is starting to heat up. One overheated BC newspaper writer thinks that four dog incidents makes a "rash sweeping the province". Well, hell, see your doctor for some cream. Do four break and enters across the province make a crime wave?

Heads up, BCers. The a$$holes are looking in your direction. To quote a very smart friend of mine:

"...this is following the classic media pattern for building up to breed banning.

Single incident, followed by another a week or two later, followed by a bunch in a row, focusing primarily on one or two breeds, building up to an "epidemic of breed X attacks".

Editorials saying that this is reaching crisis proportions and politicians need to "do something".

Radio call-in shows with the majority of the broadcasted callers being in favour of breed banning.

"Off-the-cuff" questions in front of the government buildings asking the minister(s) what is going to be done.

Question-period type assaults by the opposition parties on the government asking the same thing.

Government finally says OK we need to look at this and, bingo, the political and legal process begins."


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