Trinidad and Tobago government has officially banned Pitbulls and any bred that derives from the Pitbull in what is being called the Dangerous Dog Act.
I feel is a very sad day for Bullies all over the world. Yet another country has imposed an unjust ban on our breeds.
Trinidad’s government viewed the passage of this act as urgent because it feels that bullies were causing regular and serious bodily harm to it’s law abiding citizens.
Trinidad and Tobago also calls for each dog to be insured for a ridiculous $250,000. Other breeds mentioned in the ban are the Fila Brasileiro or any dog bred from a Fila Brasileiro and the Japanese Tosa or any dog bred from a Japanese Tosa. Further doom was added into the act by stating that any breed under the law can be declared as a dangerous breed at any time.
Breeders and owners will have three months after August 1st 2012, which is the day the law becomes official, to spay and neuter their dogs. They must also register it with the Minister of Local Government and apply for and be granted a $500 license by the jurisdiction in which they live.
If all of these stipulations are not followed, dogs deemed to be of a dangerous breed will be seized and put to death. Non-compliant owners will also be fined $50,000 and imprisoned for one year.
Here again is a classic example of what irresponsible ownership can cause. I have been preaching for 12 years now to many deaf ears, this time I hope someone will listen.
Trinidad and Tobago is a country of about 1.5 million citizens. In the USA, we have counties with that many people. What BSL and hater groups in the USA are attempting is to start on smaller towns and cites, then work their way into their respective states. They figure if they can ban multiple counties and cities then maybe their respective states will follow suit. As evident by the facts and sad to say, they are having some success with this strategy.
In Trinidad and Tobago’s case, this law is an absolute death sentence on our dogs anyway, because the majority of Bulldog owners cannot afford the high premiums and costs associated with keeping their dogs. The majority of Trinidad’s innocent Bulldogs will eventually be put to sleep.
Today again, I ask everyone to stand with me and advocate for our breeds all over the world. You may not take me seriously now but you probably will when your town, like so many others in the USA, is the next on the ban list. Forget the hype and truly consider the fate of our dogs..