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Action needed now: Texas to outlaw pitbulls

January 22, 2011

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Texas attorney Cynthia Stevens Kent is pushing to have all dog breeds and mixes of breeds that fall under the term “pit bull” outlawed in Texas. The possession of a “pit bull” type dog would result in a third degree felony.

The first proposal would ban all “pit bull” type dogs in Texas, making it a felony to “own” one.  This is, in a nutshell, a proposal to kill every single pit bull in Texas.

An alternative proposal would allow local governments to ban or restrict “pit bulls” or other “breeds” in their jurisdiction.


ACTION NEEDED:

Contact the individuals below and express your strong opposition to both of these pieces of proposed legislation.  The proposed pit bull holocaust in Texas must be stopped. You may use the SAMPLE MESSAGES provided, courtesy of Carin Zellerman.

Please keep in mind that contacts coming from Texas have the most impact, click HERE for a resource to find TX zip codes by county.

Jane Velez-Mitchell, of CNN’s Issues with Jane Velez-Mitchell did a spot regarding this topic. Please contact CNN HERE with positive feedback for Jane and her animal-related exposes. It is vital to support Jane so she will get the opportunity to continue her investigations into animal cruelty and crimes against animals.


Issues with Jane Velez-Mitchell | Should pit bulls be banned?

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WHOM TO CONTACT:



SAMPLE MESSAGE ONE| For Senator Eltife and Governor Perry:

Dear Senator Eltife,

OR

Dear Governor Perry,

I was appalled to learn that Attorney Cynthia Kent has proposed an introduction of a bill in the 2011 legislative session that would ban pit bulls from the state. Study after study has proven that breed bans, or breed discriminatory legislation, simply do not work to reduce bites or attacks. Every national humane organization opposes breed specific legislation, of all types, not just bans, because these policies discriminate against dogs, and are ineffective and expensive to enforce. There is not one major animal or health organization including the American Veterinary Medical Association, the National Animal Control Association, and the Centers for Disease Control, among many others, that supports breed discriminatory laws as a way to reduce bites or attacks.

It is also well-established that people cannot look at a dog and determine the breed. More than two dozen breeds have been mistaken for pit bull breeds, not to mention the hundreds, if not thousands, of mixed-breed dogs said to be “pit bulls” based on speculative identifications. Severe injuries or death from dog bites are exceedingly rare, and “pit bulls”, assuming they are correctly identified, are involved in only a fraction of such incidents. It is the owner’s negligent or criminal actions that are responsible for any potential attack, not the dog’s breed or appearance.  BSL penalizes responsible dog owners and means the death of dogs who are not in any way dangerous.

Breed bans simply do not work to keep communities safe. Such legislation is very costly to enforce and negative for a community and state and will only result in creating a climate where dogs are viewed as enemies rather than family members requiring proper care, management, and love.  I sincerely hope that you will reject Kent’s proposal to introduce such a pit bull ban.

Thank  you for taking the time to read this important message.

NAME

 


SAMPLE MESSAGE TWO | For Ms. Kent:

Dear Ms. Kent,

I was appalled to learn that you have proposed an introduction of a bill in the 2011 legislative session that would ban pit bulls from the state. Study after study has proven that breed bans, or breed discriminatory legislation, simply don’t work to reduce bites or attacks. Every national humane organization opposes breed specific legislation, of all types, not just bans, because these policies discriminate against dogs, and are ineffective and expensive to enforce. There is not one major animal or health organization including the American Veterinary Medical Association, the National Animal Control Association, and the Centers for Disease Control, among many others, that supports breed discriminatory laws as a way to reduce bites or attacks.

It is also well-established that people cannot look at a dog and determine the breed. More than two dozen breeds have been mistaken for pit bull breeds, not to mention the hundreds, if not thousands, of mixed-breed dogs said to be “pit bulls” based on speculative identifications. Severe injuries or death from dog bites are exceedingly rare, and “pit bulls”, assuming they are correctly identified, are involved in only a fraction of such incidents. It is the owner’s negligent or criminal actions that are responsible for any potential attack, not the dog’s breed or appearance.  BSL penalizes responsible dog owners and means the death of dogs who are not in any way dangerous.

Breed bans simply do not work to keep communities safe. Such legislation is very costly to enforce and negative for a community and state and will only result in creating a climate where dogs are viewed as enemies rather than family members requiring proper care, management, and love. I sincerely hope that you will reconsider and stop this proposal to introduce such a pit bull ban.

Thank  you for taking the time to read this important message.

NAME


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Related, BSL – Breed Specific Legislation – Is your dog safe?

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BACKGROUND

From Animal Law Coalition

During her tenure as a Texas district court judge Cynthia Stevens Kent worked for the right of judges to carry guns while on the bench. Kent herself boasted she carries a Smith and Wesson .38 revolver.

Now back in private practice as an attorney, Kent has made millions of dollars suing dog owners. This week she is calling on Texas state legislators to push them to introduce a bill in the 2011 legislative session that would ban “pit bulls” and “pit bull” mixes from the state. In her ideal legislation Kent says people found with their pet “pit bulls” or mixes would be charged with a 3rd degree felony.  An alternative proposal would allow local governments to ban or restrict “pit bulls” or other “breeds” in their jurisdiction.

The proposed bill may be a great publicity stunt for Kent’s dog bite practice, but it would be poor legislation that would do nothing to make citizens safer. It would also mean the deaths of thousands of innocent pets and create a climate of fear and distrust between people and dogs. Currently, Texas is one of a number of states that prohibits breed discrimination.   And with good reason.  Study after study has proven that breed bans, breed discriminatory legislation, simply don’t work to reduce bites or attacks. There is not one major animal or health organization including the American Veterinary Medical Association, the National Animal Control Association, and the Centers for Disease Control, among many others, that supports breed discriminatory laws as a way to reduce bites or attacks.

That is because dogs don’t bite because of breed or appearance; they bite out of fear that could have been the result of poor socialization, neglect, abuse, tethering or confinement or isolation.  In other words, it is the owner’s negligent or criminal actions that are responsible, not the dog’s breed or appearance. These breed discriminatory laws are rooted in myth and fear.

BSL penalizes responsible dog owners and means the death of dogs that are not in any way dangerous.

It is also well-established that people cannot look at a dog and determine its breed. More than two dozen breeds have been mistaken for pit bull breeds. Not to mention the hundreds, if not thousands, of mixed breed dogs said to be “pit bulls” based on speculative identifications.  Recently, in Denver Dr. Victoria Voith did a little test on animal shelter directors, dog trainers and others who work with dogs.

They were asked to view 20 dogs on a videotape and identify each one by breed including whether the dog was a purebred or a mix. The professionals were surprised by how few dogs they identified correctly by breed. Voith believes as many as 75% of the pit bull identifications made by shelter workers, animal control or law enforcement are wrong. She is the author of Shelter Medicine: A Comparison of Visual and DNA Identifications of BREEDS of Dogs.  As DNA testing becomes more reliable, it is proving that many of the dogs identified as pit bull are actually a mix of dozens of breeds with little or none of the DNA of pit bull type dogs.

That means a lot of dogs condemned by BSL are not even “pit bull” breeds.  Will the State of Texas or local governments pay for the DNA tests that will be required to prove a particular dog is a “pit bull” or pit bull mix? Not to mention the costs to litigate endless challenges to the breed discriminatory laws and confiscations of dogs under those laws.

BSL is a very costly negative for a community and state and will create a climate where dogs are viewed as enemies rather than family members requiring proper care, management and love.  Indeed, note this 1999 bite study of 83 Texas counties – Severe injuries or death from dog bites are exceedingly rare, and “pit bulls”, assuming they were correctly identified, were involved in a fraction of such incidents.

Indeed, over the past 45 years, there have been 63 fatal injuries in Texas from bites involving a number of breeds and mixes. Yet, in just one year, 2007, in Texas 3,466 people died in traffic accidents, 68 people died riding ATVs and 66 drowned in swimming pools.  Is Kent planning to ask for a ban on automobiles, ATVs and swimming pools?

Go here for ways to improve relations in the community with dogs and also how to address the reasons dogs bite and keep communities safe.

Check out Animal Law Coalition’s BSL Watch to find out where local governments are passing breed bans or breed discriminatory laws and how you can help stop them.


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what the hell
is BSL
just another short cut
to a living thing’s hell
wake up man
time passing by
when you are outlawed
then will you cry?????

Karen Lyons Kalmenson


16 Comments leave one →
  1. karen lyons kalmenson permalink
    January 22, 2011 7:07 pm

    what the hell
    is BSL
    just another short cut
    to a living thing’s hell
    wake up man
    time passing by
    when you are outlawed
    then will you cry?????

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  2. selwyn marock permalink
    January 23, 2011 5:41 am

    I do not debate BSL as I do not debate whether Rape,Paediaphilia,Murder should be made Legal, all 4 of the Crimes I have mentioned are Criminal Activities and should be punishable by jail-time. Politicians that create these laws are not above the law and should be punished.
    It is no wonder USA has become the most Hated Nation on the planet,time gone by, one could argue others were Jealous of the lifestyle of the American now the arrogance of the politicos beleiving they can play G-D,sickens one to the stomache.

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  3. January 24, 2011 12:24 am

    A Pit bull is just another dog, with a heart a soul with feeings, they just need a loving home, please leave them alone,

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  4. Mari permalink
    February 1, 2011 11:39 am

    http://apps.facebook.com/petitions/1/roscoes-rescue/

    This law is just crazy! There is a petition to ban Justin’s Law… please sign.

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    • Mary E. Hobbs permalink
      February 6, 2011 12:38 pm

      EXCELLENT! DONE & SHARED! Thank you for the link.

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  5. selwyn marock permalink
    February 1, 2011 12:53 pm

    Stop making politicos G-D,you voted these Scumbags in now VOTE these BASTARDS out.Forget some little Cow that wishes to make her name on the back of a DOG.

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  6. Charles permalink
    February 6, 2011 9:21 am

    Thus far this push has turned up unable to get a sponsor. Texas tends to be quite aggressive in protecting the citizen’s rights and there is a very large block of vocal voters who will not put up with BSL. The nearest bill to BSL is a sexist bill (HB998) which requires males who have ever been allowed off leash to be neutered.

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  7. Lin permalink
    February 23, 2011 9:32 am

    Has this greedy, lunatic lawyer been stopped? disgusts me because of her hatred for dogs. I think a petition should be started to ban people like her, but my best wish is that noone to never hire her for anything. She already has made millions because of her hate and greed. Shame on her for even suggesting this vile bill of hers.

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  8. James permalink
    August 5, 2011 1:32 pm

    We need to outlaw pitbulls in the ENTIRE USA

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    • David Keel permalink
      December 30, 2011 9:35 pm

      PISS OFF JAMES….Go play with your little teacups and leave our breed alone.

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  9. selwyn marock permalink
    August 6, 2011 10:21 am

    Another tuppence hapenny politico trying to make a name for herself.Start campaigning the Murderous bitch out.

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  10. selwyn marock permalink
    August 6, 2011 10:26 am

    Yeah James and we should Ban the Blacks,the Muslims and the Jews(oops I am a Jew) we would have the whole planet to ourselves,am sure that is the way G-D intended.
    Moron

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  11. December 6, 2011 5:32 pm

    You politicians are always trying to find ways of violating our rights as citizens to own the dog of OUR CHOICE. Loop holes n such, and you’re always throwing the constitution out the window! Quit trying to take away our rights! Pit bulls aren’t the bad guys here, people like YOU are as well as the a-holes that train their dogs to fight, abuse them ect….outlaw those guys not the dogs. What you’re doing is flat out wrong!

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    • December 8, 2011 3:55 am

      Christina could not have said it better myself,just to add that 2 other reasons1) most politicians are failing at most things,incapable of handling real issues so they have to show they are doing something and it is much easier going after Honest Citizens than Criminals etc.2) Politicians target the STUPID MASS VOTERS,look Voters we are protecting you from those Evil Pitbulls that are under every bush waiting to get you.
      It is all BxShxt.

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