Monday, April 26, 2010
UPDATE 04/26/10: Today a reader helped DogsBite.org better understand the process of Virginia lawmaking. The Governor can propose amendments, but he is not allowed to amend or rewrite bills already approved by the Virginia State Assembly, nor can he overturn court verdicts by decree. The Assembly (House of Delegates and State Senate) considers amendments proposed by the Governor, which must both accept them before the bill is amended.
On April 21, the Speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates, William J. Howell, R-Stafford, ruled that the Governor's proposed amendment was not "germane" to the bill and dropped it.1 Please see the full history of HB 281, the bill as passed by the House and Senate and the Governor's proposed amendment. It is notable that HB 429, a bill trying to accomplish the same goal of prohibiting "No Adopt Out" pit bull policies, died in subcommittee in February.
"After spending almost 4½ hours debating the 96 budget amendments proposed by McDonnell, the House quickly disposed of a McDonnell amendment that would prohibit animal shelters from euthanizing dogs based solely on their breed.04/22/10: Virginia Group Opposes Amendment
Speaker of the House William J. Howell, R-Stafford, ruled that the amendment was not germane to the bill."
Richmond, VA - On the heels of a questionable "omission of truth" that caused outrage amongst media members, advocacy groups and members of the public,2 Governor Robert McDonnell continues to allow his leadership to be steered by special interest groups. Just prior to the passage of Virginia's new animal cruelty law, McDonnell proposed an amendment to HB 281: "No pound may euthanize, or prohibit the adoption of, any dog based solely on breed."3
McDonnell's action likely refers to the lengthy court battle amongst breeders, animal groups and Loudoun County Animal Care and Control. Last May, Loudoun County Circuit Court Judge Burke F. McCahill put an end to the battle by siding with Loudon County's "No Adopt Out" pit bull policy and declaring, "A citizen's right to own a pit bull is entirely different than a citizen's right to adopt." He arrived at this decision despite Virginia prohibiting breed-specific laws.
It is unknown which special interest groups4 fueled McDonnell's most recent action, but it is safe to surmise they were pro-pit bull. Last year, nearly one million pit bulls were euthanized in U.S. shelters. This was not due to "No Adopt Out" pit bull policies -- such policies are uncommon. The enormous number was due to the continued irresponsible breeding of pit bulls, owners surrendering their pit bulls and the average adopter not wanting to adopt a pit bull.
Earlier in April, McDonnell issued a proclamation declaring April "Confederate History Month" at the urging of a group called Sons of Confederate Veterans. The proclamation omitted the word "slavery" and that slavery played a role in the American Civil War. The omission caused a firestorm across the U.S. and forced the governor to issue an apology and to add new language to his proclamation that admitted that the institution of slavery led to the Civil War.
DogsBite.org is familiar with history "revisionists." The 612 mega bites of data freely available to the American public on our website about victims of serious and fatal pit bull attacks is designed to shine the light of truth on pro-pit bull groups who attempt to revise history by claiming that the pit bull problem is "new" (or just another trend in dangerous dogs) and that when a pit bull attacks it must have been "trained to" by its owner (a denial of pit bull genetics).
The point of history "revisionists" is to cover up past atrocities involving the suffering and deaths of innocent human beings in order to advance a radical political or societal agenda and to diminish the power of victim advocacy groups that have arisen from these events. The fact that pro-pit bull and animal groups actively engage in "pit bull revisionism" speaks volumes of their need to blur and erase past atrocities by pit bulls to make their message swallowable.
2President Obama weighed in on the matter as well.
3McDonnell claimed there were still questions about the issue, despite Judge McCahill's clear ruling in 2009.
4Undoubtedly the tentacles of Best Friends played a role.
04/06/10: Jere Alexander's Lynched Ku Klux Klan Pit Bull Embroidery Image
08/24/09: 2009 U.S. Shelter Data: Pit Bulls Account for 58% of Dogs Euthanized
08/12/09: 2009 Fatality: Leesburg Man, 20, Killed by His Two Pit Bulls...
05/24/09: Loudoun County Animal Care and Control Awaits Court Ruling05/05/08: Loudoun County "No Adopt Out" Pit Bull Policy Being Challenged
12/11/07: Online Pit Bull Forum Blamed for Skewing Survey Results
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| 4/22/2010 6:27 PM |
Thank you Larry Land:
The first duty of a professional animal care official is to protect public safety. The next goal is to care for the animal in the most humane way possible, whether by returning it to a responsible owner, adoption, or transferring. Euthanasia, administered in the most humane way, is always the final -- and always the least appealing -- resort for operators of local pounds and shelters.
| 4/23/2010 1:21 AM |
Robert McDonnell is quite bluntly acting on behalf of dog fighters, puppy mills, and the AKC and "hunting dog puppy mill" type lobbies in the state.
There are also extremist white supremacist groups in Virginia that breed and fight pit bulls to make money.
Virginia is a dog fighting hotbed, and dog fighters do like to get their free stock from animal control and shelters.
The breeder lobby is very much an organized crime aspect of Virginia. There is a reason that Micheal Vick operated his dog fighting business in Virginia. Local and state legislators knew all about it for years, and looked the other way, even though he was cheating them massively on taxes.
It was only when the Federal government got involved in that investigation that anything happened, and even then the local legislator, a judge and lawyer in Vick's dog fighting town, tried to chase away the Feds!
They fired the local lawman who had the courage and the ethics to persist in the investigation and who called in the Federal government!
This kind of criminal collusion by a lawmaker is not new. Senator Jim Sensenbrenner of Wisconsin actively fought on behalf of dog fighting groups, white supremacist groups, and tax cheat breeder groups to oppose national anti-dog fighting laws.
His corruption was shameless. He was advocating for ORGANIZED CRIME.
The laws passed, but Sensenbrenner is still in office. He is nothing more than the criminals he represents, as is McDonnell.
As people die and get mauled by pit bulls adopted out by cities and towns in Virginia, the public needs to SUE. Lawsuit after lawsuit, and since the governor personally changed the law, he should be named in all liability lawsuits.
He has blood on his hands, and he is going to get people killed, as well as get pit bulls in the animal control system tortured by dog fighters.
Lawyers need to take notice of Virginia and McDonnell, and they need to advocate for their victims with a strong hand.
| 4/23/2010 1:25 AM |
"McDonnell's action likely refers to the lengthy court battle between animal groups and Loudoun County Animal Care and Control."
Keep in mind that very few actual "animal rights" people were involved in this battle.
It was the BREEDING LOBBY fighting Loudon Animal Control, including dog fighters and the AKC (who breeds pit bulls)
They may claim to love dogs, but this was all based on breeding industry financial motives.
The breeding lobby often tries to hide their financial interests behind a "humane" label, as evidenced by their front group names like "Responsible Dog Owner" groups. All breeders, mostly tax frauds and other related breakers of various laws.
| 4/24/2010 8:37 PM |
The breeders yank those chains and this is the response. You can say some thanks to Winograd because they use him to support their arguments. Since Winograd supposedly represents the humane community, lawmakers thinks this is a way to bring the breeders and humane community together. Such an evil plot has been hatched against us, those who give a shit about the animals.
| 4/24/2010 10:36 PM |
Best Friends Animal Sanctuary has been subverted by breeders and breeder interests.
They don't represent the public or even pit bulls! They represent the financial interests of dog breeders and dog fighters now. Best Friends supports HURTING pit bulls.
Something went very wrong at Best Friends.
I will say, P, that I have not found that lawmakers are responsive to Nathan Winograd at all. His bad reputation precedes him, and lawmakers perceive him as a radical and a crank. He has bungled so many times, has such a record of utter failure, and created a spectacle that has actually hurt the breeders. The breeding lobby is only showing its desperation by funding him. He has hurt them badly, and lost them credibility.
| 4/27/2010 1:18 PM |
Depends on the state as to whether they listen to Winograd. He joined forces with the indicted Bill Hemby last year in CA and defeated MSN. I agree that the days of Winograd are definitely numbered and people are turning against his program. Keep in mind that Austin just fell to his program so he is still having an effect.