End Breed Specific Legislation in Denver
  • Petitioned Denver City Council

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Denver City Council
Mayor
Guillermo Vidal

End Breed Specific Legislation in Denver

    1. Stephanie Feldstein
    2. Petition by

      Stephanie Feldstein

      Ypsilanti, MI

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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    • stephanie cauler MILLERSVILLE, PA
      • over 3 years ago

      it amazes me how stupid people are.

      its not the breed of the dog that makes him dangerous stupid....its how it is raised.....

      any dog can be aggressive, its how the dog was raised and treated that makes it mean or nice.

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    • Pam Morris-Lesch LOMBARD, UNITED STATES
      • over 3 years ago

      Deed NOT Breed! END BSL!

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    • Renda Luvaas PORT ANGELES, WA
      • over 3 years ago

      Pit bulls are no longer considered vicious by the city of Cleveland after ordinance change. Maybe you all should get a hint in Denver. There is a change a'come'n!!!!!!

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    • Santy Oktariana CARSHALTON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 3 years ago

      I was bitten by a Jack Russell few years ago.. do you think you can ban this breed? It never puts me away to love dogs.. no matter what breed they are. Who gave the label to certain breed as dangerous breed in first place? And why don't we educate people to be more human? Ban the deed not the breed!!! I will fight for my dogs... won't let anyone harm them..

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    • Debra Michel FAYETTEVILLE, NC
      • over 3 years ago

      This is ridiculous! There are no bad breeds just bad owners!

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