Maine Law: Eliminate Wolf Dog HybridsPublished October 10, 2011
According an article posted by the Washington Examiner, a new Maine law is aiming to eliminate the ever-controversial wolf-dog hybrid.
The article says that a new Maine law requires owners to possess a special wildlife-in-captivity permit if they're going to keep their wolf-dog hybrids, and, if they own them, they must have them neutered. The law is designed to ensure that the breed's visibility in homes throughout the state fades over time.
Proponents of the law argue that wolf-dog hybrids have been responsible for a number of attacks around the country, and allege that they are animals that belong in the wild. They say that the cross-breed between wolves and dogs is a predatory creature not to be domesticated.
Senator David Trahan, who sponsored the bill to outlaw them, said, "Wolf hybrids are not pets."
But are they? Whether or not wolf-dog hybrids make good pets has been the subject of debate for some time.
And those who own them sing a different tune. They say that the overall nature of an animal and its tendency towards violence depends on the owner and how they raise their pet. All wolf-dog owners, as a result, shouldn't be penalized for the actions of a few.
So what do you think? Is Maine right in outlawing wolf dog hybrids? Or can these wolf dog hybrids make good pets? Is Maine guilty of breedism? Let us know your thoughts in a comment!