Do not add Sen Beffort's draft BSL bill to Jan 2012 call list
  • Petitioned New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez

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New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez

Do not add Sen Beffort's draft BSL bill to Jan 2012 call list

    1. Hand 4Paws
    2. Petition by

      Hand 4Paws

      Albuquerque, NM

January 2012


From animal advocacy group Hand4Paws:

When one of our team members, who lives in NM and owns a pit bull cross, heard that a breed-specific legislation bill was a possibility for this session, we immediately wrote our petition and circulated it. We mailed a hard copy of the petition to the office of the Governor requesting this bill not be heard. Our petition ended in victory: This bill did not make the call list for this session.

New Mexico Senator Sue Beffort has created a draft bill that would declare pit bulls as dangerous dogs. She is working to have the bill Introduced during the January 17, 2012 session. This bill has not yet been placed on the “call list” and has not been filed. However, Breed Discrimination Laws (BSL) has no place in any state including New Mexico and is purely canine discrimination. A similar BSL bill was introduced in 2009 and failed. This petition is to express opposition of this draft BSL bill to the Governor of New Mexico Susana Martinez so this bill does not make the “call list”.

Beffort’s bill describes “pit bull dogs as American Staffordshire terriers or a Staffordshire Bull terrier or a dog displaying the majority of physical traits of any one or more of those breeds or exhibiting extinguishing characteristics”. Comments provided on the Stop BSL website notes that “In a strange twist, purebred dogs of these breeds are not considered “pit bulls” as long as they are registered with the AKC or UKC. In other words, the “pit bulls” primarily targeted by this bill are non-pedigreed: such as mixed-breed dogs and shelter dogs”. Owners’ of pit bull dogs would be required to follow several special stringent restrictions. If the owner does not comply with theses restrictions, animal control can seize and kill the dog. Pit bull mixes make wonderful family pets and some have also become certified therapy dogs.

The draft bill:*f3nCXT9VpTIG2T9cUQ

A similar BSL bill was introduced in 2009 and failed.

Please visit NO BSL New Mexico


Stop BSL

Facts about BSL courtesy of Stop BSL:

▪   BSL does not improve public safety or prevent dog bites.

▪   BSL ignores the plight of victims and potential victims of non targeted breeds.

▪   BSL is costly.

▪   BSL requires each and every dog to be identified as a breed—something that has proven impossible to do accurately and objectively.

▪   BSL makes targeted breeds more desirable to irresponsible and criminal owners.

▪   BSL  does nothing to make irresponsible dog owners accountable.

▪   BSL  punishes responsible dog owners.

▪   Not as single canine organization supports BSL.

Facts about dog attacks :
• More than 70 percent of all dog bite cases involve unneutered male dogs.
• An unneutered male dog is 2.6 times more likely to bite than is a neutered dog.
• A chained or tethered dog is 2.8 times more likely to bite than a dog who is not chained or tethered.
• 97 percent of dogs involved in fatal dog attacks in 2006 were not spayed/neutered:
• 78 percent were maintained not as pets, but rather for guarding, image enhancement, fighting or breeding.
• 84 percent were maintained by reckless owners—these dogs were abused or neglected, not humanely controlled or contained, or allowed to interact with children unsupervised.

Facts courtesy of “Anti-BSL”

This bill has not yet been filed. However, this petition will be closed, printed and presented to Governor Martinez prior to the January deadline. Thank you for your support of this effort and for all the animals that are victims of Breed Discrimination Laws. BSL is purely and unfounded canine discrimination. “Stop BSL”.

For more information: Stop BSL

The American Kennel Club does not support BSL:

Please also contact the Governor Martinez and politely express your opposition to Senator Beffert’s bill:

This petition will be updated as more information becomes available but the intent will remain the same.

Recent signatures


    1. Sen Beffort's proposed bill fails to make the call list for NM 2012 session

      Hand 4Paws
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you so much for your support. A hard copy of this petition was sent to Governor Martinez during the review period of the bills. Senator Beffort's proposed bill to ban pit bulls in New Mexico failed to make the call list for the 2012 legislative session. Governor Martinez had serious concerns with portions of the bill.

      "Punish the deed not the breed"!

    2. This petition is now closed & will be printed & sent to Governor Martinez.

      Hand 4Paws
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you so much for adding your voice to let Governor Martinez and Senator Beffort that Breed Specific Legislation (BSL) is canine discrimination, canine profiling and is unfair and unjust. BSL should not be allowed in any state!

      Kind regards,

      Hand4Paws All Volunteer Animal Action Team

    3. Reached 1,000 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Randy Shull BLOOMFIELD, NM
      • almost 3 years ago

      I think the problem isnt the breed its the people. also the people that tend to abuse the power that some of theses dogs have are not going to pay all of the insurances and licenses and stuff the dont care. its the law abiding citizens that are getting screwed and a majority of the time their dogs arent the problem.

    • Deb Malo MONTGOMERY, MA
      • almost 3 years ago

      because my son owns a pitbull and lives in New Mexico

    • Angel McCarter ALBUQUERQUE, NM
      • almost 3 years ago

      My mom has had 3 pit bulls. She also has 7 grandkids, including one under 5. These sweethearts have never shown any aggression towards the children, even when they have had their ears pulled or sat on, etc. In fact, the dogs seem to enjoy the attention. I truly believe that it is not the breed(s) but rather the ignorance or malice of the owner. Do not punish owners who love and care for their bully breeds. Dog fighters and other law breakers will just find a way around the law anyway. The ones who will be hurt by this bill are the responsible owners and their dogs. Introduce a bill instead that prosecutes irresponsible owners and has real punishment for animal abusers!

    • Christopher Malo ALBUQUERQUE, NM
      • almost 3 years ago

      Me and my fiancee' own a pit-bull and would never want to loose her due to this BS. She is the friendliest of dogs and its due to how we brought her up. I blame bad owners for how this breed is being labeled and not the dog itself. Even our neighbors love our dog and is approachable.

    • Dianne Goodman ALBUQUERQUE, NM
      • almost 3 years ago

      My pit bull who passed away today was literally one of the top five souls I have ever

      met in my life and I'm not a spring chicken. She was intelligent, loving, selfless-always thinking of others before herself. We need more souls in the world like this and many humans could learn a lesson from her innate wisdom. The world was a better place with her in it. What a disservice to think of targeting pit bulls. I think a politician's time is better spent focusing on the children in NM. With the drop out rate as high as it is among other issues, let's make the children of our society a priority in NM! Then maybe we would be able to give our children a better future rather than focusing on one breed of dog.


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