Because they aren’t satisfied with telling you what you should eat and what you should wear, PETA – always looking for a press opportunity, is now telling you what kind of pet you should (or shouldn’t) have.
There is currently legislation being considered in the British Parliament called the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991. As one might expect, the act was introduced in response to various incidents of serious injury or death resulting from attacks by aggressive and uncontrolled dogs, particularly on children.
PETA is calling for the beloved Staffordshire bull terrier to be added to the list, which would make it illegal for people to own them without a special exemption, according to SomersetLive.
PETA “says” it doesn’t want “Staffies” removed from loving homes and that any legislation should allow spayed or neutered dogs to remain in their homes for the rest of their lives, provided they are well cared for.
PETA has not offered a suggestion as to the mechanism for determining what constitutes a loving home, or what happens to a pet owner if they have not spayed or neutered their dog.
More than 180,000 people have signed a petition calling on the government to keep the terriers out of the Dangerous Dogs Act, said the SomersetLive report.
British dog owners are concerned that if PETA is successful in adding Staffies to the Act, they will be forcibly separated from a treasured pets.
Comments poured in from fans of the terrier. Steven Quinn, who began the petition to keep the dog out of the Act said, “Many people in the UK today have the pleasure of owning a Staffordshire bull terrier. As one of these people, I can recommend them as being loving, loyal and caring.
“Far from dangerous, they are great companions.
“It would be a terrible tragedy for the dog lovers of the UK to lose the right to own one of these great companions. We are calling on Parliament to save our Staffies and not have them banned.”