Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Hound bites Bugs Bunny; Elmer Fudd goes to jail.

Stephen Bodio alerts us to a new silly law being proposed in the Land Of Silly Laws (also known as California.)

Alarmed to find out that the cousins of their beloved toy poodles are being allowed to follow their natural tendencies and do, you know, icky carnivorous things like chase and kill varmints, Sacramento legiscritters are proposing a new law stating:
[A]ny person who knowingly engages in any activity in which a dog is left untethered and allowed to track and pursue any rabbit, hare, or fox and that results in the injury or death of the rabbit, hare, or fox is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment in a county jail for a period not to exceed 6 months, by a fine not to exceed $1,000, or by both that imprisonment and fine.
As someone who lives in an old lakefront cottage and who is delighted when her feline companions discover a "self-propelled cat toy" and do what comes naturally, I'd like to remind Assemblywoman Hancock just why in the hell people started keeping dogs and cats in the first place. It's not because they look cute with painted toenails, honey; it's because they chase and kill the mice in our houses and the rabbits in our gardens.

Personally, I blame Beatrix Potter and Richard Adams. Generations of urban and suburban kiddies have been raised to see the bucktoothed destroyers of crops as The Good Guys. Now these thin-blooded putzes are in a place to write laws, and when they find out that their neighbors not only set their hounds on Bunny Fluffkins, but are actually delighted when Rover catches and kills it, the results are predictable.

How far we have come from our agrarian roots...

7 comments:

LOHAN said...

I would be in trouble if that law went into effect where I reside:


http://www.easttnriders.com/forum/showpost.php?p=104821&postcount=17

B&N said...

And the wife wants us to move there...

Good grief. WTF is she thinking?!!!

I am sending her this link NOW!

Thanks Tam.

Dennis said...

Wouldn't that ban the use of dogs when hunting since successful hunting ends in the (humane) death of the prey?
Dennis

BobG said...

The only reason to keep a dog from chasing away rabbits is if you plan on shooting the bunny for the pot.
Dogs are merely domesticated wolves and coyotes; let them do what comes naturally as long as it is not harming anyone.

mauser*girl said...

We should make a long list of "Reasons we would never move to Kalifornia".

This is just SO silly. For thousands of years dogs were designed for hunting things. That's what man domesticated them for. Now we have all these stupid "toy" and "teacup" breeds. WTF. They're still dogs. Ugly, weird, stupid little dogs. But still dogs.

phlegmfatale said...

Idiotic. Just as stupid as people who feed their dogs vegetarian dog food. WTF??? Let's hope the Rockies are sufficient to keep liberal creep from infecting the rest of the country.

Kristopher said...

Just PeTA freaks wanting to pass an anti-foxhunter law, just like the one the twits in parliament passed in the UK.