Maryland's Ruling That Pit Bulls Are Inherently Dangerous
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Maryland's Ruling That Pit Bulls Are Inherently Dangerous

    1. Cheryl Huerta
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      Cheryl Huerta

      Beaverton, OR

In the massive effort on the part of people who know about pit bulls such as advocates, rescues, shelters, veterinaries, dog trainers, dog owners and others knowledgable about the pit bull dog breed type the recent court decision by the Maryland Supreme Court that pit bulls are inherently dangerous is a huge blow. There are so many working so tirelessly to get standing breed bans repealed and to help well-meaning communities all over the world avoid banning dogs by breed based on their appearance rather than their actions and this sets all of the hard work back several years. We must as a dog owning community, no matter what breed type of dog we have, stand up and speak out about this ruling in a loud clear and united voice. This ruling, if it is allowed to stand, will have far reaching implications and none of them are of the positive sort. ALL dog owners, regardless of what breed type of dog they have, should be held accountable for the actions of their dogs. ALL dogs, regardless of breed type, should be judged solely on their behavior not on their appearance or on what they 'might' do because of their breed type based on half-truths, myths, misinformation and propaganda.

If we as a dog loving society do not stand up and speak out about this issue soon enough other breed types will fall victim to public hysteria that is perpetuated by the news media and how it chooses to report or not to report certain kinds of dog related events. Valid statistics show that the idea, to anti-pit bull groups otherwise known as 'the facts', that pit bulls are more dangerous than other breed types of dog and that pit bulls are responsible for more harm to humans and other living things is nothing more than propaganda that is willingly and perhaps knowingly spread by the news media. The extent of the 'vicitimization' of the public by the news media in respect to pit bulls and dangerous dog breeds has been demonstrated by the Maryland Supreme Court in this decision. It is time for us as a society to say 'enough'!

Today it is pit bulls, yesterday it was Rottweilers, Doberman Pinschers and German Shepherds and tomorrow who knows what breed may be banned or judged as inherently dangerous based on myths, misinformation and propaganda perpetuated by the news media in the interest of ratings. The time is now to speak out as a society and demand that the judicial and legislative systems in our towns, cities, counties, states as well as on a federal level stop making rulings based on knee jerk reactions to unfortunate and very sad but preventable incidents.  We must stop banning certain dog breed types based on myths, misinformation and propaganda perpetuated by the news media.

Please join in the chorus of responsible dog owners and ask that ALL humans be held accountable for their dogs actions regardless of what breed type of dog it is that they have.

Thank You

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    1. Reached 2,000 signatures
    2. 1,954 and Counting!!!

      Cheryl Huerta
      Petition Organizer

      1954 what a great year! The year I was born but what I'd love to see is 500,000 so please, please, please spread this around. We must go viral!!!

      Thanks so much to everyone who has helped us promote this petition.

    3. 1,822 and Counting!!! But we need many MANY more!!!

      Cheryl Huerta
      Petition Organizer

      Please redouble your efforts in promoting this petition. Maryland delegates Smigiel and Mizeur of the Maryland legislature want to introduce a bill to over-ride the judicial ruling a few weeks ago that will make it illegal to implement Breed Specific Legislation in Maryland. They want to introduce it in a special summer session but if not in summer than in January 2013. Let's get more signatures so we can send our petition to the powers that be in Maryland to let them know that we support the 'Pit Bull Bill to Eliminate the Presumption of Dangerous Dogs' as penned by delegates Smigiel and Mizeur.

      They not only need our support to pass this bill they are asking us for it. Come'on my friends lets get more signatures!!! Let's support the people who KNOW and understand that it isn't the breed or even the dog but it is the humans involved that makes a dog dangerous!

      THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU in advance.

    4. Reached 1,500 signatures

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    • Rhoda Brown RICHMOND, VA
      • about 2 years ago

      Pitbulls are sweet and innocent dogs. They are no more dangerous than any other dog breed. ...if an owner trains them as they should, and treats them well, they are the best breed of dog I have ever encountered. Don't blame the breed for what the humans are doing to them.

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    • Annamarie Matovich THURMONT, MD
      • over 2 years ago

      All OWNERS should be held responsible for every dog. A dog is a product of their environment. Trained well, lives well. Trained to be mean, lives dangerosly!

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    • Allie Kauffman NORTH POTOMAC, MD
      • over 2 years ago

      I own a pitbull and he is the most loving dog in the world. I hate the bad reputation they have due to a few bad incidences.

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      • over 2 years ago

      Because the breed of the dog has little significance towards its behavior, that has to do with how it is raised. Pitbulls are just one of many breeds powerful enough to do damage. Blame owners and individual dogs, not the entire breed. Think about the way we think about this paralleled to humans, it would be completely unacceptable.

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    • Kristen King SPRING HILL, FL
      • over 2 years ago

      The leading cause of harm to humans by dogs is the action or inaction of the dog's owner, not the breed of the dog itself. It is simply false that pitbulls are more dangerous than other dogs.

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