New York City Council Backdoors BSL and Screws Responsible Dog Owners
Peter Vallone Jr.'s "humane" triumph in New York City
Heavily restricts humane, responsible containment of dogs
First Casualties of Humane War Against NYC Dog Owners:
Uno the Beagle and Madison Square Garden ?
Makes you wonder how it all came about, doesn't it?
Vallone's career as a pit bull hater
NYC's premier pit bull hater, shoulder to shoulder with the city's most elite animal rights types ?
What's wrong with this picture?
For years, City Councilman Vallone has been an outspoken "pit bull" hater who repeatedly sought to stigmatize pit bull owners as gang-banging lowlife criminals.
When his proposal to ban pit bulls from New York City failed, he teamed up with animal rights extremists.
Flash forward to 2011
The ASPCA strongly supported Vallone's Int. 425, a proposal to restrict tethering, along with PeTA, HSUS, the Humane Society of New York and others.
Can anybody say "quid pro quo"?
Int. 425-A united a fear-mongering pit bull hater with the blind ambition of politicians and animal extremists in a perfect storm of anti-animal, anti-animal owner legislation.
More than one way to skin a cat
Following Vallone's pin-headed logic, if he couldn't ban pit bulls outright, he could kick the legs out from under their owners by making their stereotypical nasty practices illegal and drive them out of the city that way.
Except Vallone doesn't know shit about dogs in general, or pit bulls specifically. And he cares even less.
A former Manhattan Assistant DA, son of an ex City Council president and mayoral hopeful, would-be Queens Boro President Peter Vallone Jr. is all about Peter Vallone Jr.
Int-425A had nothing to do with the humane treatment of dogs, and everything to do with his career aspirations.
And his humaniac co-conspirators on Int-425A? Heh. Same comments apply.
Not just pit bulls: blowback takes out unexpected targets
Heralded by Gotham's strident animal rights community as a "huge success for dog welfare" in reality the new law invents an artificial new class of animal cruelty: one that has nothing to do with the condition of any particular animal and the care it receives.
The new law prohibits NYC dog owners from humanely and responsibly containing their dogs by proper tethering and creates substantial penalties for those who do, even if their dogs are perfectly well-cared for and healthy. All that matters in NYC is the amount of time elapsed.
NYC's new law offers no solutions and zero support for struggling owners who cannot restrain their dogs by other means. Especially in NYC, quality, dog-proof fencing is expensive and very often prohibited by zoning and/or landlord restrictions.
Dogs previously contained by proper tethering may well wind up in the hands of New York City's Animal Care and Control -- where the chances are pretty good they will sicken and die.
But Vallone's proposal wasn't just about tethering. Nope.
Hasty amendments on the down-low
On the very morning of January 18, Int. 425 was heard in committee, it was amended and passed by the NYC Council's Committee on Health.
That same afternoon, the City Council voted to enact the amended version. The ink on the amendments was hardly dry.
Apparently the group of know-nothings that put the amendments together consulted each other, and no one else. They made a couple of teensy blunders. . .
Artificial crimes lead to unwitting perps.
Uno the Westminster Best in Show
The collar Uno so graciously models above?
The ones worn by virtually every dog exhibited at the world's most celebrated dog show, the Westminster Kennel Club show at Madison Square Garden?
The dog show that brings in tourists, exhibitors and camera crews to New York City from across the country and around the world?
Well, Uno's collar is now illegal in New York City. Uno just became an honorary "pit bull."
I guess his owners are now honorary criminal gangbanging lowlifes. Welcome to the club.
ASPCA "humane law enforcement officers" swarming Westminster?
So, will spectators at Madison Square Garden be treated to the sight of an ASPCA raid? With something like 2500 entrants at Westminster, virtually all wearing
Go west, kennel club. Go west.
To the Members of the Board of the Westminster Kennel Club: take your show to New Jersey. Please.
The Meadowlands would welcome you with open arms.
And the parking is way cheaper.
It's clear that New York City doesn't want you, doesn't value the millions of dollars you bring to the local economy each year and all the positive publicity you generate.
The City Council considers your practices abusive.
Its time to blow that fire trap, and leave the explanations to Peter Vallone Jr. and the ASPCA.
I'm thinking Mayor Bloomberg, the rest of the City Council -- not to mention the owners of Madison Square Garden and other NYC businesses that will miss Westminster -- are going to be interested in hearing them.