In modern America, certain passions have risen to the forefront in 2018, with U.S. citizens rediscovering some of the great tropes from the turn of the last century, and giving them a modern twist.
Take Crossfit for example. If you’re unfamiliar with Crossfit, it is a very intense workout regimen that operates competitively within clubs, using bare bones equipment such as tires, heavy ropes, kettle balls, and free weights. These guys get a pretty bad reputation for their cult like demeanor and elitist attitudes, not to mention the exorbitant cost of Crossfit gym memberships where Americans are paying well over $100 per month to participate.
It is the modern day equivalent of the old-timey, barbell-lifting sideshow strongmen of the past but with Reebok endorsements.
Coffee and craft beer have also come back to haunt us from the past, with Americans growing sick of the McDonald’s style homogenization of intake. Variety is truly the spice of life, and we had to survive the bland and circular 80’s and 90’s to somehow remember that.
And, in another parallel to the culture of 118 years ago, Americans are finding themselves in quintessentially American pets.
Dogs such as the Boston Terrier and American Staffordshire Terrier are more popular than ever not only of their goofy and aloof temperaments, but because of the nostalgia that they bring to us. They remind us of American ingenuity and stubbornness, and the freedom of the people of our land to make what they will with what they have.
Now, one neighborhood in Kentucky is bucking back against Americans, the American Staffordshire Terrier, and twelve other breeds with unethical new “breed bans” that homeowners are helpless against.
Homeowners in McConnell’s Trace were sent letters by the neighborhood developer detailing a change in an existing dog restriction, which previously referred only to unspecified “aggressive breeds,” said Josh McCurn, president of the area’s neighborhood association. Now German shepherds, St. Bernards and chows are among the list of 11 dog breeds restricted from the neighborhood.
And while this article quotes 11 breeds as being banned, they have made an error by lumping several breeds into the nonexistent “pit bulls” category – an erroneously used catchall term for dogs of a certain appearance that makes no determination of their actual lineage.
The 13 breeds being banned by the neighborhood developer are:
- German Shepherds
- Doberman Pinschers
- American Staffordshire Terriers
- American Pit Bull Terriers
- Staffordshire Bull Terriers
- Alaskan Malamutes
- Great Danes
- St. Bernards
In the original language of the list, a caveat was added to the Staffordshire Bull Terrier entry: “and ‘any dogs containing characteristics of these breeds'”. Below is a photograph of the menacing characteristics of the Staffordshire Bull Terrier:
These breed bans, which are incredibly prevalent in modern society, are completely illogical and often based upon uneducated and preconceived notions about the appearance of an animal. They take into account nothing about the behavior of the dog, the dog’s history, the owner’s competence, or the behavior of the people interacting with the dog.
Let’s think about breed bans in terms of firearms: The developer for McConnell’s Trace basically listed 13 breeds of “assault” dog that they are banning from the neighborhood, based on the same logic of why an AR-15 is an “assault” rifle: Appearance alone.