We the undersigned believe that Breed Bans and or Breed Specific Legislation are a short term, short-sighted attempt to deal with the issues surrounding canine related injuries.
- Governor of California
Governor Jerry Brown
- California Governor
I just signed the following petition addressed to: Governor Jerry Brown.
Ban The Deed Not The Breed
Breed Specific Legislation (BSL), or legislation or ordinances that single out specific breeds of dog for banning is unconstitutional because it violates the 14th amendment of the constitution, particularly the equal protection and due process clauses.
The 14th amendment states: “No State shall…deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”
We the undersigned believe it has not been scientifically proven that any one breed is more dangerous than another, BSL infringes on citizens’ equal protection rights. The equal protection clause of the 14th amendment states that individuals cannot be deprived of their property, in this case dogs, unless it can be demonstrated that there is a rational basis, like public safety, for doing so.
Statistics on dog bites and dog related injuries simply do not support the assertion that one breed has a predisposition to be more aggressive versus another.
Breed bans and or breed specific legislation do not address the real problem which is IRRESPONSIBLE dog owners. NO form of legislation will not stop dogs from biting, but enforcing responsible dog ownership will dramatically lower bite incidences.
ALL dogs can and will bite under given circumstances.
If any community wishes to seriously discuss this issue, let us look at the facts gathered from the following organizations:
Center for Disease Control, The Federation for Animal Welfare Humane Society of the United States, American Veterinarian Association, and the National Companion Animal Coalition reviewed available data on dog bites and dog related fatalities.
The conclusions reached were that the statistics did not support the assertion that any one breed is more dangerous than another. When legislation was introduced, the number of fatalities did not decrease.
Measures were costly to municipalities, unenforceable, unconstitutional and simply did nothing to address the real problem which is IRRESPONSIBLE dog ownership.
Statistics prove that responsible canine ownership is the key to ensuring the public's safety.
Controlling the people who will abuse the owner-dog relationship is a far better and wiser solution to the problem these owners present to the neighbors' no matter what breed of dog they own.
Do not punish those of us who are responsible owners. Our dogs are companions and members of our families. We can and do maintain our dogs so they do not pose a threat to anyone, so why should we be denied our companions simply because IRRESPONSIBLE owners of the same breed of dog, have not ethically and legally protected others from injury?
We the undersigned will never vote for any politician advocating the use of breed bans and or breed specific legislation.
This is not simply an issue in California, this proposal has reached the ears of EVERY responsible dog owner, in North America, as well as other countries around the world!
Please sign petition against breed ban in support of fighting against breed specific legislation!
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