Ban the ban on pit bulls in Maryland
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Maryland Officials (Governor, State and Federal Elected Officials)

Ban the ban on pit bulls in Maryland

    1. Jamie Hardin
    2. Petition by

      Jamie Hardin

      Bethesda, MD

Between Breed Specific Legislation in PG County and the recent Court of Appeals decision that all pit bulls are to be labeled vicious, it's time for the voices of the people to be heard and Governor O'Malley to ban BSL in Maryland.

This isn't a discrimination against dogs, it's a discrimination against people. Responsible homeowners will suffer as their homeowner's insurance will rise. Displaced homeowners will find it even more difficult to find housing. Innocent dogs will be euthanized in shelters based solely on their breed. And it won't fix the problem.

The problem is responsible dog ownership regardless of breed.

The courts say pit bulls are "vicious." Not only is their evidence to the contrary (outlined in the petition letter), but it is innocent people that will suffer, rather than Maryland becoming "safer" as a result of this decision.

Governor O'Malley should ban any discrimination based on breed and enact stronger leash and vicious dog laws instead. Please sign my petition and let's change the legislation in the State of Maryland.

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    1. Reached 8,000 signatures
    2. Court of Appeals changes ruling to only "pure-breeds" August 21

      Jamie Hardin
      Petition Organizer

      On Tuesday, August 21, the Court of Appeals amended their opinion to change the ruling from pure and cross breeds of pit bulls to only pure-breeds of pit bulls.

      It's a shame that they don't allow any animal experts or even an educated layperson in the rulings, because then they would learn that pit bull is not a breed. They would also have learned that one of the three breeds commonly associated with the nickname "Pit bull" is not even recognized by the AKC. Yes, that's is correct, the American Pit Bull Terrier is not a breed recognized by the American Kennel Club. They only recognize the Staffordshire Bull Terrier and American Staffordshire Terrier. We're unsure when the Court of Appeals will learn from their mistakes, but certainly in the meantime we do know that this frivolous lawsuit has caused unprecedented suffering in Maryland.

      http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/bs-md-pit-bull-decision-20120821,0,4806033.story

    3. Senate does not pass House changed bill Aug 14

      Jamie Hardin
      Petition Organizer

      On Tuesday, August 14 the House approved SB2 with amendments that the Senate refused to pass. It was an extremely disappointing day for Maryland as we'll now have to wait until regular session begins in January in order to pass any new legislation.

      Oh, but gambling did make it through, which only proves that our representatives just care about the bottom line. This is why we need to focus on the economic loses from the Court's decision. $144 million is the projected loss of housing revenue for Maryland owners, which translates into a $30 million loss in state and local tax revenue for Maryland. We can't afford to ban pit bulls.

    4. Pit bull legislation goes to the house today, August 10

      Jamie Hardin
      Petition Organizer

      Del. Frosh's legislation that would revert liability back to dog owners and not landlords is the first step in overturning the unprecedented case of Tracy v Solesky. It's a small victory, but hopefully will be one battle won in this war.

    5. Special Session on Thursday, August 9 will hopefully address pit bulls!

      Jamie Hardin
      Petition Organizer

      Maryland representatives have been called back to a special session on Thursday about gambling, but the pit bull legislation may reach the floor as well. The legislation that is floating around will put the liability back on to owners where it should be. Punish the deed, not the breed.
      Currently, liability is on landlords as well, which has caused thousands of families to have to give up their dog or face eviction. It's not right and we need to sign this petition and get this issue rectified.

    6. Reached 7,000 signatures
    7. Hagerstown wants to ban pit bulls

      Jamie Hardin
      Petition Organizer

      In response to the recent court of Appeals verdict, Hagerstown is now trying to ban pit bulls.

    8. Pit bull verdict will cost Maryland $30 million

      Jamie Hardin
      Petition Organizer

      Check out this lawyer's blog on the costs of the pit bull verdict and loss of rental income in Maryland. The courts made a mistake that now us taxpayers have to pay for!

    9. Pit bull fight may stretch into summer

      Jamie Hardin
      Petition Organizer

      The good news is that the lawyers are fighting back, but we still need your help! Please sign today and share.

    10. Task force formed to study pit bull legislation

      Jamie Hardin
      Petition Organizer

      We're working towards it! MD legislatures formed a task force on May 30 to look at overturning the Court of Appeals ruling and look at legislation in general.

      But it's not over! Your support is needed now more than ever. Please pass around the petition and get everyone you know to sign it so that we can overturn this unjustified ruling!

    11. Reached 6,000 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • katherine hulme AUSTIN, TX
      • 9 months ago

      bsl treats the symptom of a greater societal handicap. don't punish the wrong people.

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    • Emilie Groves CHESTERTOWN, MD
      • 9 months ago

      Pitt bulls are not inherently bad, it is the awful people that use these poor animals for horrendous acts of violence. Humans that treat the dogs so horribly and force the dogs to fight for their lives are who should be banned, not the animal that has been starved, beaten, fought, neglected, and left to die. I have never met a more sweet and loving breed of dog, Pitt bulls are the most caring, kind, loving, gentle breed of dog. people are more likely to be bit by labs.

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    • Janice Barns JACKSONVILLE, FL
      • 9 months ago

      Ban bad owners, not all dogs.

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    • victoria groves CREEDMOOR, NC
      • 9 months ago

      I am originally from MD and am trying to move back, and I have a pit bull. He is the sweetest dog, and is a giant baby. Due to this unfair and ridiculous belief that pit bulls are dangerous I am having a hard time returning home with my babies (my dogs).

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    • dusty wagoner BALTIMORE, MD
      • 9 months ago

      because im a pitbull owner and cant find housing anywhere

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