Petition Closed

Breed specific legislation laws are expensive to enforce. the state of Ohio found it cost an estimate $17 MILLION dollars to uphold breed specific bans. They target resposible pet owners, causing them to either give up their family pet (causing over crowding in shelters and more animals to be sentenced to death) or follow strict and costly guidelines in order to keep their animal.In Springfield Missouri alone there have been over 1,500 euthenized due to bans since 2006. These bans are ineffective in preventing bites in children and adults. Laws such as these teach our children that it is okay to be hated and killed simply for what you are regardless of your actions as an individual.

Letter to
Obliterate Breed Specific Legislation in USA
U.S. House of Representatives
U.S. Senate
and 4 others
Missouri State House
Missouri State Senate
President of the United States
Missouri Governor
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Petion congress to propose a bill similar to Ohio House Bill Number 14

Breed specific legislation laws are expensive to enforce. The state of Ohio found it cost approximately $17 million dollars a year to uphold breed specific bans. It is estimated each city/county that has a ban in places spends an estimated $2.5 million dollars a year in tax payers money enforcing these laws. They target resposible pet owners, causing them to either give up their family pet (causing over crowding in shelters and more animals to be sentenced to death) or follow strict and costly guidelines in order to keep their animal. If owners can't comply, their family pet is taken and destoryed. This causes the entire family heartache. Whereas somebody who is owning these dogs for the wrong reason will not follow bans or regulations. If a fighters dog gets taken due to a ban, they simply go get another dog. In Springfield Missouri alone there have been over 1,500 euthenized due to bans since 2006. These bans are ineffective in preventing bites in children and adults. Laws such as these teach our children that it is okay to be hated and killed simply for what you are regardless of your actions as an individuall.

We need to focus on individual aggressive animals, initiate harsher punishments for animal abusers, create stronger laws against puppy mills and animal hoarders.
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Sincerely,
Heather Spies