End BSL in Estherville, IA. It directly Violates Constitutional Rights!

End BSL in Estherville, IA. It directly Violates Constitutional Rights!

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Estherville, IA has had a Pitbull-Ban in place within the "Dangerous Breeds" portion of their city laws since 1989. We are trying to prove that the Breed-Specific-Legislation is nothing more than fear-based bologna that does not help keep its community safe. Instead it puts the community in more danger due to false sense of security while discriminating against responsible members of the community.

Endgame: repeal the Pitbull Ban in favor of legislation that treats every animal fairly in a case-by-case fashion that holds the owners responsible for their pet's actions.

Breed-specific legislation (BSL) — or legislation or ordinances that single out specific breeds of dog for banning or restrictions — is unconstitutional because it violates the 14th amendment of the constitution (commonly referred to as citizens’ civil liberties), 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.”

Our dogs are our property and they cannot be taken away from us legally unless it can be proven that they constitute a danger to the general public.  Bulldog breeds, breeds most often singled out for breed-specific legislation, have not been proven to be inherently any more dangerous than any other breeds of dog despite what the media et al would have you believe.