This year I have notices many new laws protecting "animal rights". Do you think we are going to far? or are we just scratching the surface of the rights animal deserve as we to are "only animal" ourselves.
The seatbelt deal is because your cute 40 lb baby turns into a 200mph slingshot at impact and its just like a child they cant put it on themselfs.Not to mention how many drivers are killed by their own dogs coming in the front seat.
As far as animal rights are you kidding you know how many animals are starved and bred to death and some storys i've heard I cant even imagin are true but they are I guess my point is no I dont think its gone to far.
What is so silly about it? We buckle our human kids in incase of accidents. Would you like your pouch to fly through a windsheild in an accident? I know I wouldn't same as I wouldn't want that to happen to my human kids. Also it can prevent accidents..Because it keeps your dogs under control and not in your face. Which could slow down your reaction time.
And let me ask you this. Do you approve of dogs riding in back of flat bed trucks? Unrestrinted?
I havent heard of the dog seatbelt law...so do they pull you if they see your pooch loose inside the car? I can hardley see how they can inforce that when I still see children flinging all around cars with no restraint!
I do find it disturbing to see dogs in the back of pick up trucks but I never thought about the ones riding shot gun!Now my cat, we always ride her in a carrier inside the car but the dogs have their leashes on but not restrained. Huh, new one on me.
Seems like the more laws you make the more get broken so maybe this can start a employment grow in law enforcement!(sorry bad joke, I'm tired and cant sleep!lol!)
My dogs never ride in the car without being in a crate. Kenai did a few times but only around the neighborhood. If we went over 30 mph then he was in his crate. My kids are strapped in and my dogs are in their crates, the cats are in a crate when they ride. I would never risk their lives, didn't need a law to make me realize what could happen to them.
I do not think that laws have gone far enough personally, they will finally get to a decent point where in a court of law, an animal is not considered personal property but an actual living animal. People who murder animals and starve them and beat them, usually only get a slap on the wrist......typically a fine. Do that to a kid and you would be in jail a long time........
In order to keep them the safest, yes dogs should be crated.. but realistially, how are you going to crate any dog bigger than 50 lbs in a car? There's not enough room to put a crate bigger than one sized to hold a cocker spaniel in a car. you'd need an SUV or Minivan.
We have a seatbelt/harness restraint for our dogs, and they both ride in the backseat.
It drives me nuts to see people out and about with their dogs on their laps while they're driving, and it drives me just as nuts to see kids bouncing around as well. My sister in law will literally call the police and report the license number and location of people who have small children in their cars that are unrestrained, which cracks me up.
Katzpomdogz I think there is a difference between a dog and a human baby don't you. Don't you think a human baby is more important and should be afforded more right than a silly little dog. Dog are property and always should. Give me a break. It is insulting to have people compare there dogs to my children. And for the people who think having the law force you to seatbelt your dog has anything to do with public safety I beg you to research it. I would bet there isn't an iota of of proof seat belts help nor lack of cause any accidents. I bey you find some nutty animal lover or PETA has something to do with it. And yes, I love putting my dog in the back of the truck.
There is another reason for the "crazy" seatbelt law. Fire/rescue personel backed the law in many areas. There have been many incidents were an owner is injured and needs assistance out of the car....the hurt/confused dog is frightened by the rescuers and attempts to bite them or prevent them from getting into the vehicle. The seatbelt or crate ensures that they are safely restrained.
I think they are just feel good laws. It makes the lawmakers feel good go be doing something with out really addressing the issues that concern the people like auto insurance or property taxes. I know Jersey ranks #1 int both and this group of state lawmakers have passed more laws than the three before them and not one of them addresses the real issues. Now they want it illeagle to smoke in your car. Who cares if you smoke in your car? If they wanted to pass no smoking in care with minor children who do not have a choice to be there or not that I could support but it it is time they stop trying to legislate us from ourselves.
By the way where isthe dog seat belt law and if the dog is in a crate does it still apply.
Fox, dogs are not property. They are living breathing creatures with feelings just like a human.
I can't stand how people seem to forget that at one point we were on the same level as animals, some animals probably smarter than us. We didn't speak english or spanish etc., we didn't have writing, we had to hunt our prey and eat wild plants to survive, we traveled in packs or herds.... it took us thousands of years to get where we are and now suddenly we think we're better than animals? We're not. Animals don't lie and cheat, animals don't rape and murder, (yes they kill their prey but not for the "fun" of it), animals don't torture other creatures...
If you think your dog is property you really shouldn't have a dog.
***Edited By: thelifeofriley on 1/22/2006 9:34:26 AM*** Reason: add
One question for everyone. Do YOU where YOUR seatbelt?
I do crate Sadie when she is in my SUV. Bandit rides in the back of my husbands truck, not a flatbed though. I too worry when I see dogs on flat beds. It is to easy for them to slide off if it gets wet.
I also agree with the sister-in-law if only more people would take the time to call when they see children unrestrained. I have only thought about calling in, not actually done it.