Letters to the Editor for July 14

This week's Letters to the Editor discuss pit bulls and being a proud resident of B.C.

Letter to the Editor re: Joe Sawchuk’s “Pit bull solution”

I was very disappointed to read this blanket “solution” to pit bull ownership.  “Muzzle them all.”  Really?  Why is the emphasis on the breed instead of responsible ownership?  Owners of any and all dogs should be able to control their dogs responsibly.  Why pit bulls have a bad rap is very confusing to me. Media loves to jump in and report on cases of pit bull bites but other breeds seem to be left alone.  Google search the facts, pit bulls are not the problem.  Dogs should be restrained on a leash in public at all times regardless of breed and/or temperament.  It is also for the dogs’ safety.

Aggressive dogs should always be muzzled in public. Saying that one breed should all be muzzled is perpetuating a myth that one type of breed is more aggressive than others is simply wrong. Ontario banned pit bulls in the province.  It didn’t work.  Dog bites have risen, not dropped. I like to equate BSL (breed specific legislation) to racism.  If white men have more fatal hunting accidents than any other race of men should we not allow them to own guns anymore because of the actions of a few careless people?  Of course not, that would cause an uproar.  Why blame a breed of dog because of the medias portrayal of the breed?  What is a pit bull to you?  Many people see short haired stocky dogs and assume they are pit bulls. My Neapolitan mastiff has been mistaken for a pit bull.  So, who would enforce this muzzle law?  Someone carrying a portable DNA test?  What about pit bull mixes? Should they be muzzled?  Maybe great great great great grandma was 1/8 pit bull?

These are dogs. Be a responsible owner for your dog, whatever its genetic background is. There are good pit bulls and bad pit bulls-and labs, and poodles and chihuahuas.  It’s not a breed thing, it’s a dog thing.

Nycki WannamakerFernie, B.C.

 

Letter to the Editor re: Proud B.C. resident

British Columbia is a “have” province, has the only AAA credit rating in all of  Canada, has four balanced budgets in a row, with the 2016/2017 budget being the only balanced budget in all of  Canada, best economic growth in 2015 in all of Canada, and destined for the best economic growth in all of Canada for 2016,  and having the number one premier in all of Canada in 2015 as the best manager of taxpayer dollars, and as of June, 2016, the lowest unemployment rate in all of Canada.

What more can you ask for? B.C. taxpayers should be proud of their present provincial government regardless of which political party they give their  support to.

Joe SawchukDuncan, B.C.

 

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