Breed Specific Legislation
Posted in the Jackson Forum
#1 Jan 23, 2012
I sincerely hope this does not pass. It is not only discriminatory, but also very ineffective. Pet owners of all breeds should be held responsible for their pets and their actions. Banning specific breeds will not solve problems with aggressive dogs not on the list. It will punish responsible pet owners and innocent pets. there is a reason the American Veterinary Medical Association and the ASPCA are against an all out breed ban. They are experts. Politicians are not. It takes a very arrogant person to say "I'm smarter than the experts". Do you want that kind of leadership in your city? Any politician that passes a law without doing adequate research is far more dangerous than any breed of dog. Research the issue! Punish the deed, not the breed! There are better, more effective ways to keep the public safe from all dogs.
Their actions affect you whether you own a dog or not.
Please vote out politicians who pass laws out of ignorance and arrogance!
#2 Jan 28, 2012
I encourage everyone to get educated on this issue because there is an inaccurate impression that breed-specific bans will result in a safer community. Actually, all research, statistics and scientific studies say otherwise.
FACT: Banning certain types of dogs has failed to create safer communities across the nation where it has been enacted.
That's why breed-specific legislation is opposed by the American Kennel Club, the American Veterinary Medical Association, the National Animal Interest Alliance, the National Animal Control Association, the ASPCA, and a host of national animal welfare organizations...
They have all studied the issue and discovered the reality: targeting breeds simply does not work.
But targeting dog owners does. If one wants to see real change that brings safer communities, become an advocate for effective enforcement of breed-neutral laws that hold irresponsible dog owners accountable for the actions of their animals.
Effective enforcement of laws that have the best chance of making our communities safer: dog license laws, leash laws, animal fighting laws, anti-tethering laws, laws facilitating spaying/neutering and laws that require all owners to control their dogs, regardless of breed.
It is time to raise the standard of dog ownership. This is the way to do it, and the result will be a safer community for us all.
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