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A poem inspired by the story of Bruce
Bring Bruce home where he belongs
A plea from Bruce
'BSL MUST END'
by Maria Daines
I'm reading about Bruce the pit bull mix
Banned from his
family because of what he is.
I'm wiping my tears, I'm hurt inside
Thousands of signatures, a petition - no crime.
Dogs like Bruce are
pushed out of sight
They are dragged away, they have no rights
are banished with no bail, they mourn, become frail...
In the darkness of
ignorance there are no wagging tails.
These dogs are removed from where
they grew up
With teddy bears and play toys and arms that hugged
people that smiled, with families that loved
There is no forgiveness?
When is love not enough?
I'm upset once again and I quietly cry
read so many stories of the bully breeds plight
So many are taken by
Breed Specific Legislation
An unworkable law for any dog loving nation.
Discriminating, cruel, hurtful, unfair
An act of horror on paper written
by those who don't care
Used by those in high places who think they are
Think of the hearts they have broken forever...
destructive, it will never be humane
It's a horrible trick of name and
It's a bad deed unto dog lovers and the dogs that they love
Responsible owners are given the shove
While real villains and abusers
who hang around on street corners
Are beating the system 'above' law and
They continue to fight their dogs and deal drugs
And good people
that care are treated like thugs
People who take their dogs to the vets,
who microchip, neuter
Hope for the best...
Good dogs are forgotten
when BSL strikes
It cuts rough and deep, regardless of 'bite'
call 'you' a pit bull Mr politician
Would you be dragged away? Would you
need a petition?
This poem is a way to express my sorrow
As I wipe my
tears and worry about tomorrow
BSL is a nightmare, a political farce
It might even be funny if it didn't cost lives
Your neighbour could say
your dog is 'a risk'
And then you could find his name on a list
beautiful pup, your elderly mix
Where will you stand if he's seized by
So speak up LOUD and speak up NOW!
For the rights of families
to protect their hounds
Speak up and speak out before it's too late
BSL is a law based purely on hate!
When the knock comes to the door and
your dog starts barking
How will you stop this law from working?
will you say when they muzzle your friend?
When they drag him away and
tell you he's banned?
When he's labelled a 'problem' because his face
fits a 'look'
And they tell you he is dangerous, when you know he is not.
Who will be there for you if politicians don't care?
When your dog is
destroyed just because he is there...
Who will protect the over bred pups
Whose lives are cut short in a game called luck?
Who will you look to
when your dog makes the list?
When he's banned and brutalised, no parole,
He's your pet; he's your brother, your sister, your friend
She's your family member, the one you defend
Who will you turn to when
Speak up one and all - because justice is right.
lawful good citizen; I do good deeds if I can
But BSL stinks and I raise
I will never uphold a law such as this!
It's an almighty
mistake and your dog could be next...
It's inherently cruel, unbearably
When the law is an ass good people get mad!
Write letters, get
marching, the time surely has come
We must kick the backside of the BSL
They will tell you it's only 'for your protection' - oh yes!
will spew lies for England, for they do it best!
But this lie isn't
working, it won't pass the test
For your Staffies, your Mastiffs, your
bully breed friend
You have every chance to bring BSL to an end
the bull by the horns and never give in
Say NO to this rubbish, send BSL
to the bin!
Maria Daines 2009