Illustration by Lisa Haney

Illustration by Lisa Haney

Bermuda was once known as "Devil's Island." Pirates plundered the island and robbed the islanders of their most precious possessions. Little has changed.

The authorities in Bermuda would have you believe that today's devils are certain breeds of dogs. But in fact, the true devils may be the animal wardens who rip dogs from their families and kill them for no reason. In January, Bermuda's Minister of Home Affairs Walton Brown admitted: "The animal wardens spend an inordinate amount of time confiscating and euthanizing dogs that have committed no acts of aggression." A ban on certain breeds of dogs resulted in household pets being randomly targeted and killed. Minister Brown deserves much credit for recognizing the need to change Bermuda's dog laws and promoting more humane policies regarding the island's canine companions. We will provide updates on Minister Brown's progress. 

Recently, several breeds of dogs were moved from the "banned" list to "restricted," but this downgrade still places costly and unrealistic requirements on families who have behaved responsibly in the past, but are now penalized and risk losing their beloved pets. Bermuda restricts the following breeds of dogs: Akita, Australian Cattle Dog, Belgian Malinois, Bouvier des Flandres, Bull Terrier, Bullmastiff, Chow Chow, Doberman Pinscher, Dogue de Bordeaux, German Shepherd, English Mastiff, Rhodesian Ridgeback, Rottweiler and Staffordshire Bull Terrier, or, and this is significant, any mix of the aforementioned breeds. So a person with a Shepherd Mix is required by law to construct a pen on their property that resembles an enclosure for a zoo animal! With 23% of Bermuda's residents living below the poverty line, many responsible pet owners can ill afford to build these structures and face having their dogs confiscated.  

In the past six months, 1 Love 4 Animals has partnered with Angels Saving Helpless Animals and helped transport dogs from Bermuda's notorious animal control facility to homes in Massachusetts. Many dogs on the island are improperly identified as banned breeds and tragically lose their homes and their lives. One of the dogs 1 Love 4 Animals met at the Newark Airport and housed for a short time is a 26 lbs. Beagle Mix. She was confiscated from her family in Bermuda and almost euthanized until Angels Saving Helpless Animals (ASHA) stepped in and saved her life. 1 Love 4 Animals provides critical support to rescue organizations throughout the country. A donation to 1 Love will have transport at-risk animals to safety. 

We'd like to thank artist Lisa Haney for creating the art for this page. More of Lisa's distinctive, thought-provoking illustrations can be seen by visiting: www.lisahaney.com.

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"Minnie" was seized by authorities in Bermuda. A Pit Mix, this sweet dog was slated to be euthanized until our rescue partner, Angels Saving Helpless Animals arranged to have her transported to the US (along with other dogs). 1 Love 4 Animals met the dogs at the Newark Airport and housed the dogs in DE until homes in MA could be found. Here "Minnie" is shown with her new dad in Martha's Vineyard. The dogs had to be spayed/neutered before leaving for their new homes. Help us cover the cost of their vet care by making a donation today.