Genocide, Holocaust, Ethnic Cleansing. These are ugly words, with ugly thoughts behind them, which describe ugly acts.
Here’s another: BSL.
Some people reading this will be angry. They will ask “How can you compare the extermination of dogs with the extermination of people?”
They will be outraged, saying that humans, as a species, are superior.
That a dog, is “just a dog.”
And that, my friends, underscores my point today.
The pit bulls incarcerated in pounds across the US who will be killed today because their city has BSL are not crocodiles with locking jaws, vicious killing machines, baby eaters or bloodthirsty monsters.
They are just dogs.
Like your Labrador, they want to play in a puddle.
Like your Border Collie, they want to chase a yellow ball.
Like your mutt, they want to run around the back yard at top speed, doing figure 8’s.
Like your Great Dane, they want dinner tonight.
Like your Chihuahua, they want to sit beside you on the couch while you watch TV.
Like your Cocker Spaniel, they want you to rub them behind the ears.
Like your Boxer, they want you to kiss their silly faces.
Like your Shih-tzu, they want to curl up with you while you sleep, safe and warm.
Like your Golden, they want to wake you with wet kisses in the morning.
Like your German Shepherd, they want to go for a walk.
Like your Poodle, they want you to sneak them a treat under the table.
Like your Pointer, your Greyhound, your Bichon and your Dachshund;
Like your Labradoodle, and Poo-Pom and Schnoodle; they want you to love them.
They are, after all, just dogs.
They won’t get a chance to be a family’s pet.
Because of the way they look.
They won’t know a gentle hand, or a soft word, or the sweetness of a kiss.
Because of ugly, ridiculous, idiotic, illogical legislation.
But they are just dogs.
They will be hung out to dry in the media, by hysterical ranters. They will be vilified by those who want to exterminate them. And yes, they will be killed.
Because they have big heads. (Like Scotty dogs)
Because they have big mouths. (Like Saint Bernards)
Because they are strong. (Like Huskies)
Because they are called pit bulls.
But, they are just dogs.
How stupid is that?
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