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Bardot bites back at law

Sunday, August 27, 2006

Sunday, August 27, 2006 Bardot bites back at law GENEVA — Brigitte Bardot has condemned a new Geneva law requiring all dogs to be muzzled in public parks, adopted this week after a pit bull attacked a toddler. "I don't think a Yorkshire terrier or a lapdog constitute any great danger to the population," Bardot, a former French film star known for her animal rights activism, said in a statement published Friday in the daily Tribune de Geneve newspaper. "Unfortunately it's always the dogs paying the price for their masters' ignorance, irresponsibility and bad behavior," said Bardot, 71. The new law came after an 18-month-old boy was attacked by a pit bull in one of the city's parks, leaving the child badly disfigured. It applies to all the city's 30,000 dogs. Owners face fines if they are found in breach of the new law. "If I owned a dog in Geneva I would simply ignore the ruling," said Swiss animal rights campaigner Franz Weber, who has worked with Bardot to protect baby seals from Canadian hunters. Today's birthdays Actress Tuesday Weld is 63. Country musician Jeff Cook (Alabama) is 57. Actor Paul Reubens is 54. Rock musician Alex Lifeson (Rush) is 53. Rock musician Glen Matlock (The Sex Pistols) is 50. Gospel singer Yolanda Adams is 44. Country musician Matthew Basford (Yankee Grey) is 44. Rap musician Bobo (Cypress Hill) is 38. Actress Chandra Wilson is 37. Rock musician Tony Kanal (No Doubt) is 36. Rapper Mase is 29.