Say NO to the bill that will be the death of thousands upon thousands of innocent Pit Bulls!!
  • Petitioned Senator Sue Wilson Beffort

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New Mexico Legislature
Senator Sue Wilson Beffort

Say NO to the bill that will be the death of thousands upon thousands of innocent Pit Bulls!!

    1. Alyssa Reid
    2. Petition by

      Alyssa Reid

      Mesa, AZ

January 2012


When New Mexico State Senator Sue Wilson Beffort proposed a law that would label all pit bull mixes as dangerous animals, dog lovers across the country took action. In just a few weeks, more than 18,000 people signed Alyssa's petition on 463 pages of signatures were sent to Governor Martinez and key state Senators.

Senator Beffort's proposed bill failed soon after. According to the Governor's office, the bill did not pass the review committee "due to public outcry and anticipated cost."

Senator Sue Wilson Beffort wants to pass a law that will label all Pit Bull mixes as dangerous animals. The only Pit Bulls who will not be considered vicious are those who are purebred dogs who are registered with the American Kennel Club or the United Kennel Club. This means that ALL pit bulls who enter into shelters will be considered dangerous animals (like they need any more difficulty surviving in shelters), as well as ALL current Pit Bulls who are pets who are not purebred and registered with the AKC or the UKC.

Sen. Beffort will also require that owners of these "dangerous animals" take out insurance policies on each Pit Bull they own, with a minimum of $100,000 liability. Owners must also muzzle their pet(s) when outside. Moreover, a violation of this law can result in the pet being confiscated and the owner being fined or even receiving a felony.

This is absolutely outrageous!! If this bill were to pass, it would be extremely detrimental to the breed's already misunderstood reputation -- as well as being the death sentence to thousands upon thousands of dogs. Many Pit Bull owners will end up turning in their beloved pets simply because they cannot afford the insurance policy in today's devastating economy. Some will turn in their pets because they have a family and cannot chance the fines or potential felony. Shelters do their best but are already overwhelmed with the amount of animals that enter every day -- there is no possible way that they will be able to handle the amount of dogs that will enter if this bill were to pass. Pit bulls who don't have families and are in shelters already have a hard enough time avoiding the e-list every morning...

This bill will be the reason for the EXECUTION of THOUSANDS UPON THOUSANDS of innocent loving dogs -- many who are currently beloved family pets with homes.

This bill is being proposed first in Santa Fe...we CANNOT allow this to be passed or even "tried out." If passed, it will be the seed that spreads across the United States and exterminates endless amounts of family pets as well as the other innocent dogs currently in shelters. It will be just the beginning.

So PLEASE sign my petition against this repulsive bill... Sign if you own a Pit Bull, for their sake, or if you are an animal lover, dog lover, or just a decent person who understands that there are no bad breeds, just bad owners. Please help to stand up for those who do not have a voice and who cannot defend themselves. And lastly, please leave a comment so that we can have more of an impact (if nothing else, please just write your pet's name in the "Why you're signing" box -- a dedication to your beloved pet is an incredible reason to sign this petition!!)

Thank you everyone for taking the time to read this and hopefully sign this petition. There is strength in numbers...PLEASE SIGN AND SHARE!! =)

Recent signatures


    1. A WIN FOR THE DOGS!!!! The bill was not approved!!!!

      Alyssa Reid
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you everyone for signing this petition and helping out our wonderful canine friends!! Senator Beffort's outrageous bill was shot down for now; we will see if she will try again next time... If she does, I will be right back here again fighting for these pups with all of you animal lovers =) We don't know specifically if it was this petition being sent to Senator Beffort, Senator Sanchez, Senator Garcia, Senator Jennings, or Governor Martinez, but I have a feeling it made a difference ;) 463 pages of signatures is pretty hard to ignore!!!! Anyway, I wish you all a phenomenal day and thank you again for your help in this matter. A win for the pups is the best thing I could've hoped for all week!!!! =)

    2. Over18.000 signatures reached -- sent to NM Legislature

      Alyssa Reid
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you all again for your support of this petition!! Over this entire past week I have been attempting to have a discussion with Senator Beffort about her outrageous proposed BSL bill... She has chosen to refuse contact with me so far... Well, I figure if she won't respond then I would just have to reach out to those above her.

      I have emailed Senator Sanchez (Majority Floor Leader) and Senator Garcia (Majority Whip) together, hoping that they will have a discussion together since they have to acknowledge the issue (having been emailed together). Furthermore, I also reached out to Senator Jennings (President Pro Tempore) about this issue. I am praying that someone will give me a response soon so we can prevent this terrible bill from being approved!!

      Lastly, I have been in contact with another animal lover named Michelle who is part of the Hand4Paws Animal Action Team. She has combined this petition with hers and delivered it to Governor Martinez.

      More updates to come soon

    3. Reached 17,500 signatures
    4. over 10,000 signatures reached in only a few days!!!!

      Alyssa Reid
      Petition Organizer

      AMAZING!!!! There are over 10,000 signatures received on my petition so far!! In only a few days!!

      Thank you to all my friends and fellow animal lovers who have been sharing and spreading the word about this cause. My heart is so overwhelmed by the kindness and dedication that everyone is showing toward these wonderful dogs ♥ ♥

    5. Reached 10,000 signatures
    6. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!

      Alyssa Reid
      Petition Organizer

      It has now been approximately 24 hours since I first began this petition and already there are more than 3,300 signatures!! I never anticipated such great success from the start, but it has been due to wonderful, caring, and ambitious people like yourselves...and I cannot thank you all enough for your support and for sharing this movement with others.

      I am trying to step up and get support for these Pit Bulls from local news stations and local animal shelters and rescues; I think that even something as small as sharing the link to this page on their websites will help out tremendously, and exponentially increase the signatures that I cannot wait to send to the legislature!! =)

      Have a good night friends!!

    7. Reached 3,000 signatures

      Alyssa Reid
      Petition Organizer

      Good morning everyone!! I just wanted to give a huge thank you to you all for signing my petition, and another thank you to everyone who has shared my petition. In less than 12 hours of existence, this petition has already gained over 400 signatures and doesn't look to be slowing any time soon either!!

      Anyway, I just wanted to let you know I appreciate you helping me in the fight for what is right. Together, we can make a change and save some innocent lives. Beloved family pets should stay where they are at and the poor pups in the shelters should not be put through even more obstacles as they wait for a nice family to come adopt them...

      Thank you all and have wonderful day!! =)

      ****PS I am loving all the comments, especially the "DON'T TOUCH MY DOG" ones, as well as the stories!! I'm sure the legislature will be moved!!

    9. Reached 250 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • sheena westfall EAST MOLINE, IL
      • almost 3 years ago

      ok all i have to say is STOP LOOKING AT THE DOGS start looking at the owners!

    • Julia Dillenbeck SPRINGFIELD, TN
      • almost 3 years ago

      I had a pit bull named Capo. She was wonderful, and never made any attempt to be aggressive. I no longer have her, but I know she is still the same sweet dog. Sign this if youlove your pit!

    • alicia wing WHITE HOUSE, TN
      • almost 3 years ago

      because the treatment of pit bulls should be the same as the treatment of ANY other pet. this is WRONG and DISGUSTING!

    • Alan Perez FALLS CHURCH, VA
      • almost 3 years ago

      Because we have no right to choose the fate of animals, regardless of their breed. Would you like it if someone decided to wipe out a race of humans because he or she thinks they are too dangerous? I hope for your sake, the answer is no.

    • Tina Valenzuela TACOMA, WA
      • almost 3 years ago

      It's about time these Senators start worrying about whats truly dangerous. Pit Bulls need to be left alone and they need to start going after child molesters and child rapists. Taking the time to pass new laws about Pit Bulls, their registrations, etc when you have sex offenders roaming free? They are the ones who need to be registered (which half of them don't) and labeled dangerous. This bill is absolutely ridiculous, not because I've owned Pit Bulls in the past, but because they are using up the time and effort it takes to pass a law that is of less importance to the things that are happening RIGHT NOW. I hope someone gets to talk to Senator Beffort and ask her why she would rather take DOGS (yes, a Pit Bull is just a breed of dog) away from their loving owners instead of focusing her attention on helping children who are victims of rape and molestation or even using up the man power it would take to enforce this law and use it to enforce laws that are already in place for sex offenders,etc.


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