Help "Slater" Buehrle Save Pets in Miami - End the Pit Bull Ban!
  • Petitioned Florida State House

This petition was delivered to:

Florida State House
Florida State Senate

Help "Slater" Buehrle Save Pets in Miami - End the Pit Bull Ban!

    1. Jamie Buehrle
    2. Petition by

      Jamie Buehrle

      Southwest Ranches, FL

When my husband, Mark, became the new pitcher for the Miami Marlins, we were excited to move our family down to Florida and join our team's community.

But then we found out our family wasn't welcome in Miami-Dade County, because one of our rescued dogs, Slater, is a pit bull. We were lucky enough to be able to afford to buy a house outside of Miami-Dade County so we could keep Slater. Many families aren't as fortunate, and they love their dogs just as much.

Because of an archaic exemption in state law, Miami-Dade County is the only county in the entire state permitted to engage in canine profiling. Florida state legislators Representative Carlos Trujillo and Senator Jim Norman are leading an effort, with the help of Best Friends Animal Society, to right this injustice and to repeal the portion of the Florida statute that allows Miami-Dade to kill dogs simply because of their appearance.

No other county in Florida is allowed such unmitigated power over people’s pets. It is time that Miamians again enjoy the same right that citizens in Florida’s 66 other counties have. 

Despite being over 20 years old, Miami’s canine profiling still causes the needless, senseless and unjustified confiscation and killing of hundreds of innocent dogs every year, proving that breed discrimination does not make communities safer, and is impossible to enforce. It’s also a waste of tax dollars. Nowhere else in Florida can certain breeds of dogs be summarily killed simply because of their appearance.

It is time to put an end, once and for all, to canine discrimination in Florida and make the Sunshine State a model of humane public policy. Please join me, Mark and our family in standing up for Slater and the dogs Miami-Dade. Help save lives and keep families together by supporting the legislation that will repeal Miami's inhumane breed-discriminatory law.

Also, check out our video with Best Friends Animal Society to Save Florida's Dogs: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hCN86YWNfwc&feature=relmfu

Photo credit: Tails Magazine

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Bills to repeal Miami-Dade's breed ban did not pass final committees

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      Although the state-level bills did not pass this session, Miami-Dade dog owners are continuing to fight to overturn the breed ban through their commissioners. You can join their campaign here:

    2. Reached 17,500 signatures
    3. HB 997 Passed out of committee

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      With another unanimous vote, HB 997 passed out of committee and will be headed to the floor for a full House vote. SB 1322 will be voted on by committee early next week.

    4. Reached 15,000 signatures
    5. HB 997 Under Attack by Miami-Dade Commissioners

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      The bill has passed its first hurdles, but now the Miami-Dade County Commission is trying to circumvent efforts to repeal the breed ban at the state level. You can help Jamie and the dogs of Miami-Dade County by continuing to sign and share this petition. If you're a Miami-Dade resident, contact Rep. Trujillo at carlos.trujillo@myfloridahouse.gov (305) 596-3030 - Thank him for standing up for the dogs and tell him that you want the legislature to make sure that every resident, regardless of the county they live in, has the same rights to own whatever dog they want.

    6. Check out Jamie's guest column in the Orlando Sentinel

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      "A grandfathered law bans our dog simply because of the way he looks. Mark and I were forced to focus on the issue of finding a house outside of Miami-Dade and in a community that would welcome both our two-legged and four-legged family members. This is something I never thought I would have to go through."

    7. Peaceful Demonstration on Sunday in Support of HB997/SB1322

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      When: Sunday, February 12th, 1-4pm
      Where: In front of Tropical Park at 7775 Bird Rd., Miami

    8. Reached 12,500 signatures
    9. HB 997 Passes House Subcommittee

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      Another unanimous vote advanced the repeal of Miami-Dade's pit bull ban today! It has to pass another committee in both the House and the Senate, so keep supporting Mark and Jamie's campaign by sharing the petition and calling your legislators.

    10. From Australia: Miami-Dade County expected to repeal pit bull ban

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      Miami-Dade’s Head of Enforcement at Animal Services, Kathy Labrada, concedes the dangerous breed ban has been a failure.

      "No, it has not been effective," Ms Labrada says. "To target a specific breed I don’t think is logical. Any dog can bite.

      "Some of the nicest dogs I’ve ever met have been pit bulls. Certainly, the bites can be more severe but the bites could be avoided if owners were responsible. The solution is not to ban a specific breed. It’s not the dog’s fault."

      Miami-Dade is the only county in Florida with a specific breed law but the state legislature is expected to repeal it within a matter of weeks. This will end two decades of pit bulls being sent into exile over county lines or living in the shadows within the county.

    11. SB 1322 Passes Senate Community Affairs Committee!

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      Today the Senate Community Affairs Committee voted unanimously in favor of ending canine profiling in Miami-Dade County. Tomorrow the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee votes!

    12. Reached 10,000 signatures
    13. Yahoo! Sports: Want to help Mark Buehrle fight Miami's pitbull ban?

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      "When it comes to offseason baseball stories on Big League Stew, few have generated the type of interest and reaction that the plight of Mark Buehrle and his family pitbull has produced.
      As you'll recall, Slater Buehrle and his owners were forced to choose a residence somewhere outside of Miami-Dade County when Mark signed a four-year, $58 million deal with the Miami Marlins in December. The 18-month-old dog is an American Staffordshire terrier, a breed that falls under a pitbull ban the county began in 1989.
      Fast forward a few weeks: Though Mark and Jamie Buehrle have found a home in Broward County for their two children and four dogs, they're still engaging in the animal activism that made Mark such a popular pitcher with the Chicago White Sox. Not only did they film the 30-second commercial embedded above, but they've launched a change.org petition to rally support for legislation that would end the ban."

    14. USA Today: Buehrle opts to live outside Miami due to pit bull ban

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      ""Every day that I look at my sweet-natured, certified Canine Good Citizen pit bull, I can't imagine having to give him up, or even worse, having Slater taken from me based solely on the way he looks," said Jamie Buehrle."

    15. Reached 6,000 signatures
    16. Miami-Dade's Pit Bull Ban May End Soon Thanks to Marlins Pitcher

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      " Florida politicians Rep. Carlos Trujillo and Sen. Jim Norman have both sponsored bills that will remove Miami-Dade County's exemption from the statewide breed-discriminatory legislation prohibition.

      The cause also has a very public figure behind it, new Marlins pitcher Mark Buehrle. The ball player recently signed on with Miami but was dismayed to learn that because he owns a pit bull, he could not live in Miami-Dade."

    17. Reached 4,000 signatures
    18. Miami-Dade's Pit Bull Ban May Finally End With Bills in FL Senate and House

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      Miami NewTimes publishes article on the momentum these bills have, largely thanks to the public support of the Buehrles. But they still need you to keep the pressure on to make sure the bills get a hearing in the legislature.

    19. Reached 1,000 signatures
    20. Peaceful Demonstration in support of HB997/SB1322 on Saturday, January 21st

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      Date: Saturday, January 21, 2012
      Time: 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
      Location: Intersection of 49 St. and 16 Ave, Hialeah, FL 33012

      (from the Miami Coalition Against Breed Specific Legislation)

    21. Miami Marlins New Pitcher Mark Buehrle Goes to Bat for Pit Bulls

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      From Bella Dog Magazine: "Miami Marlins pitcher Mark Buehrle is excited to move to Florida with his family, but since all members of the Buehrle family are not welcome in Miami-Dade County, he and his wife Jamie, their two young children and four dogs will reside in nearby Broward County. At the heart of the Buehrles’ decision was their adopted 18-month-old American Staffordshire terrier named Slater. As a result of a 1989 law banning pit bull terrier-type dogs, Slater is not allowed to live in Miami-Dade County."

    22. Reached 500 signatures
    23. Miami Pets Strike Out: Help Our Family Stop Canine Profiling and Save Lives

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      Jamie Buehrle is married to All-Star pitcher Mark Buehrle. Mark recently signed with the Miami Marlins.
      Mark and I have always been avid animal lovers. When Mark was playing for the White Sox, we hosted “Sox for Strays,” a public-service...

    24. Reached 100 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Bianca Mack DENTON, TX
      • over 2 years ago

      I have a pit bull myself and have fallen in love ever since

      REPORT THIS COMMENT:
    • Jessica Hedrick COLORADO SPRINGS, CO
      • over 2 years ago

      I am signing this petition because I am a pit bull owner and they are wonderful animals. ANY dog can be raised to be mean. Its not the breed of the animal, it is a reflection of the owner.

      REPORT THIS COMMENT:
    • Madeleine Meyers MERION STATION, PA
      • over 2 years ago

      Pit bulls were once known as the "Nursemaid's dog', due to their naturally even temperment and gentleness towards children. It's humans who train pit bulls to be vicious.

      REPORT THIS COMMENT:
    • Anissa Armstrong MANTECA, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      Pit bulls are my favorite dogs and I hate seeing them treated this way.

      REPORT THIS COMMENT:
    • Donna Zappacosta JARVIS, CANADA
      • over 2 years ago

      I Love All types of Dogs and Pit Bulls are one breed I really love too! People raise them to be mean. They are NOT born mean!!

      REPORT THIS COMMENT:

    Develop your own tools to win.

    Use the Change.org API to develop your own organizing tools. Find out how to get started.