Breed specific legislation discriminates against dogs based solely on how they look, not based on their behavior. It is costly, ineffective and inhumane. Thousands of dogs have lost their lives in Denver just because they were believed to be "pit bulls."
Studies have shown that breed specific legislation cannot be enforced and does not prevent dog bites. "Dangerous dog legislation" - which focuses on a dog's behavior, history of aggression and owner responsibility - is the only way to protect communities from unsafe dogs.
Breed specific legislation is opposed by the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Kennel Club, the ASPCA, the Animal Legal Defense Fund, the Humane Society of the United States, and dozens of other animal organizations.
The Department of Justice recently released its final rule on enforcement of the Americans with Disabilities Act, which says that service dogs cannot be discriminated against based on their breed. All companion animals should be judged based on their behavior, not their appearance.
Denver has already spent over $15,000 in legal fees to prepare for a lawsuit from individuals who say that their ADA rights have been violated by the city's breed ban. With the latest ADA ruling, this is just another example of how Denver has wasted taxpayer dollars on their ineffective breed ban.
It's time for Denver to stop the discrimination.
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