Originally Posted by Dogman
I'd be the first to admit that Hugh Wirth has more than just a couple of kangaroos loose in his top paddock. He has a long and well documented history of shooting from the lip.
But Hugh Wirth is not the RSPCA, especially not now. I remember very well the whole sad and sorry Clifford affair. It still makes me sick. But the RSPCA in NSW and in Victoria are not the total of the RSPCA in Australia. Neither is the RSPCA in Queensland, although they do have an inspector who is rabidly anti pit bull (I can't remember his name).
Lynne Bradshaw has been interviewed by the press many times and her position (and the position of the RSPCA in recent times) has been consistent- BSL does not work and the RSPCA opposes BSL. In addition, the RSPCA and Lynne Bradshaw want individual dog owners to become more legally responsible for the actions of their dogs. I don't have an issue with that.
A friend of mine who still has a breeding pair of papered American Pit bull Terriers here in WA (shsssh you didn't hear that from me) has had many conversations with Lynne Bradshaw and this friend is totally convinced of Lynne Bradshaws integrity and commitment. While I accept that this is nothing like factual proof that the RSPCA has changed its spots, I would suggest that their stated position has changed markedly, and for the better.
As it stands now, both the Australian Veterinary Association and the RSPCA have made very strong position statements against BSL. The AVA and the RSPCA are widely regarded in Australia as organisations that have the best interests of animals (and their owners) at heart. Both are seen as "stake holders" and both are considered to be organisations that are well respected (at least by the general population). Because the public respects them, politicians begrudgingly tend to listen to them. My personal take on all this is that it is great that they have stated that BSL doesn't work and we are all on the same page.
The RSPCA here in WA goes about its business quietly; most times I look at its dogs for rehoming pages I see American Pit Bull Terriers but they are called "staffy/lab" or "AmStaff cross/mastiff". Another friend of mine runs the WA RSPCA dog training courses and does the temperament testing here. She proudly says that she has never failed a pit bull for its temperament.
all the best,
The APBT is the best of the best dogs (but it is just a dog, like any other breed of dog)
My avatar? It's a pit bull in a poodle suit (a bit like me really)