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Sunday, September 16, 2007

Dog "Law" - NYC and California comparable to Iran

Left: Well groomed pet dog in makeshift "jail" in Iran

When I first read the article linked in the quote below, at Radio Free Europe, I wasn't actually surprised about the story which is very likely to be true. But what impressed me most was how much like New York City, L.A. in California, and many places around the USA elements of this story apply today. Cultural elements are different, but the outcome is identical.

The point is arbitrary laws or rules, and police-like power involving the confiscation of animals from their owners for high penalty fees or the likely death of the animal. Legalized cat and dognapping. Police power in the case of American Animal Control agents being granted the rights to determine what is a vicious dog in our country before the dog has even done anything wrong. Plus such legislation as California's AB 1634 which aims to give Animal Control Officers of local municipalities' the right to write and enforce their own brand of local justice that could vary from city to city within the same county, and vary between dozens of counties in the same state!

See Reno's story, see Spartacus' as just two examples of juvenile levels of logic in lawmaking and arbitrary enforcement.

Spartacus was confiscated by NYC, he lives in New Jersey, but NYC wanted to either kill him or cut off the dog's testicles. To get him free, his owner had to pay $10,000 bond -- he had not even committed a crime.

I'm of the opinion that many pet lovers I've read about recently would be hypocrites to criticize the Iran story, when they have been vehemently supportive of arbitrary legislation, from breed specific legislation (BSL) to mandatory spay and neuter (MSN) in our own country which is actually the same thing but in different cultural clothing. In both cases, it's about those with fundamental philosophies who desire laws, penalties and arbitrary police force enacted to enable personal philosophies to be enforced.


From RadioFreeEurope
In an unprecedented move, Iran's police have created a dog "prison" in Tehran. The move is part of a crackdown on what officials describe as immoral and un-Islamic behavior, during which thousands of young men and women have been detained or received warnings about the way they are dressed. Radio Farda reports that Tehran pet-owners are now also among those under pressure from the authorities.
It's pretty clear from the small number of photos that the 'jails' are makeshift. The pic above shows chain mesh stretch loosely and other improvised containment. It seems that this is a localized incident as there are only a few photos at this point but of course, due to the particular issue, if there are more such incidences, it's not going to be considered a big deal in the light of other larger issues. I'm sad for the dogs' owners.

See the original blog posting at Kamangir's blog. A couple other postings are here and here - each giving more insight into the issue (see their comments as well).

Semavi Lady woofed at @ 9/16/2007 11:12:00 PM | Permanent link | (0) Comments

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