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BSL Breed Ban IQ Test

Posted by la reina de chanclas on August 21, 2008

If you were the sheriff in your town and you learned that Toyotas
were disproportionally involved in more accidents than any other model,
would you:

(a) ban Toyotas and confiscate the Toyota of anyone caught driving one,
or (b) arrest the drivers responsible for those accidents?

Which course of action in Question 1 do you think would: (a)
inconvenience the fewest number of people, (b) be the more efficient use
of taxpayer dollars, and (c) be more effective in preventing future
accidents involving Toyotas?

If your answer to Question 1 was (a) — ban Toyotas — and the
sheriff’s department learned that, by a statistical quirk, drivers of
confiscated Toyotas were perpetrating further accidents by driving, say,
Hondas, would you then ban Hondas? If not, why not?

If your answer to Question 3 was, “Ban Hondas, too, dammit, something
HAS to be done,” then would you propose a ban on ALL car models with
names ending in “a,” such as Kias and Mazdas, reasoning that all these
brands are pretty much bred for the same purpose? If not, why not? If
so, how would you deal with car brands that end in the SOUND of “a,”
such as Chevrolet?

Are you beginning to understand (a) that because most of the tens of
millions of pet dogs are NOT registered, “breed” cannot be defined in a
meaningful way; (b) that miscreants employ pit bulls, German Shepherds,
Rottweilers, Dobermans, Akitas, Great Danes — that is, whichever dog is
handy –as personal tools of terrorism; (c) that law enforcement
authorities could waste inordinate amounts of time (and, therefore,
taxpayer dollars) policing a breed ban, adding to their jobs a task
perhaps even more meaningless than enforcing jaywalking laws; (d) that
the people most likely affected by a breed ban — that is, those
inconvenienced, harrassed and likely to suffer damage — are the 99.
9% majority of utterly innocent dogs and people; and (e), most important,
that breed bans do ESSENTIALLY NOTHING to address the real problem:
Human scumbags who abuse animals?

Key: If your answer to any part of Question 5 is “no,” I’m afraid you
have flunked. Please go back and reconsider your responses.
Hint: The answer to the question, “What shall we do about the bank robber who got
away on a bicycle?” is not: Ban bicycles.

Real answer: If your dog hurts someone, you — not the dog — should be
responsible. Anti-cruelty and anti-dog-fighting laws already exist.
Tell your mayor, and city or county or provincial council to up the current
penalties, and insist that judges enforce those penalties against

Test created by Paul Glassner, San Francisco SPCA

Permission to reprint is granted by North Carolina Responsible Animal
Owners Alliance
This article was created by Paul Glassner of the San Francisco SPCA.

Please keep his name attached to any reprints.


One Response to “BSL Breed Ban IQ Test”

  1. Fran Coughlin said

    This test makes absolute sense to me. My thanks to Paul Glassner for taking the time to design and publish it. As I have posted it on a few sites, you can bet the “other” side will be making their comments. However, it will only go show just how ignorant some people remain to be about the facts.

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