Yesterday on The Daily Weekly I posted about Seattle's Ellen Taft, a longtime crusader who last week called for a ban on fighting dog breeds in our city, and also the repeal of the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution. It was a busy week for her.
As mentioned, Thursday saw two attacks in Seattle at the jaws of two roaming pit bulls, one in which a 3-year-old girl was reportedly bitten in the face while leaving church, and another in which a 74-year-old woman fell victim. Naturally, Taft was inspired and outraged, and used the opportunity to call once again for a ban on fighting breeds. Though she's launched similar campaigns in the past, any previous lack of success apparently hasn't quashed Taft's drive.
Sunday, distributing a Change.org petition in association with the organization Families and Dogs Against Fighting Breeds, and directing its wrath at the Seattle City Council and Mayor Mike McGinn, Taft struck familiar tones:
By supporting legislation to spay and neuter all fighting breeds and making it illegal to acquire a new Fighting Breed dog, we seek to eliminate all fighting breeds. In addition we seek to impose safety precautions such as muzzles when these dogs are walked in public spaces to protect people and pets from being attacked by them.
In dialogue Seattle has seen before, the post on Taft's latest assault on pit bull ownership inspired commenters to weigh in.
As smmba writes:
I have a 79 pound red boy who is as sweet as could be. He is a therapy dog, and helps me as a neutral dog when I am working with dog-reactive dogs. Pit Bulls are JUST DOGS. Get over it, Ellen Daft and Colleen Lynn. I have worked with a lot of pit bulls and I can say honestly that the only dog I have been bitten by was a mini-labradoodle puppy. If anything, people and children need to be educated on how to behave around animals in general, and specifically how to interpret the MANY SIGNALS dogs give to let people know that they are uncomfortable and need space. Most bites occur because humans are just plain oblivious to the signals. This is BASIC and should be taught in every school from at least 2nd grade on.