Gov. McCrory, NC House of Rep., NC Senate, Rep. R. Moore, Rep. L. Pittman: Stop North Carolina House Bill 956
Breed specific legislation (BSL) is dangerous! If passed, NC House Bill 956 will classify bully breeds, Rottweilers, Chows, Mastiffs and Perro de Presa Canario breeds as aggressive and ownership of these breeds will become regulated.
- NC House of Representatives
Representative Rodney Moore
- NC House of Representatives
Representative Larry Pittman
- North Carolina State House
- North Carolina State Senate
- North Carolina Governor
I am signing this petition because I urge you to stop North Carolina House Bill 956, which sets forth the regulation of ownership of specific dog breeds (defined as "aggressive”), from any further consideration. This is not the American way. In America, every responsible citizen should be allowed to own whatever breed of dog he or she choses.
According to studies done in countries with breed-discriminatory laws (including United Kingdom, Spain and Germany), such legislation did not reduce the number of dog bites. Why? Because breed specific legislation does not work. As further support of this, the Humane Society of the United States, the American Veterinary Medical Association, and the American Bar Association oppose breed discrimination and instead support comprehensive, breed-neutral dangerous-dog laws.
One of the primary goals of North Carolina’s legislators should be to achieve safe communities, but the simple truth is breed discrimination doesn’t improve public safety. Breed bans don’t address the real problem, which is irresponsible owners. Lack of socialization, chaining, cruelty and abuse are factors that create aggressive and dangerous dogs. Dogs become dangerous because of how they were treated, not because of what breed they were born.
The American Veterinary Medical Association believes singling out breeds for control can result in a false sense of accomplishment, ignores the true causes of dog bites and is not a responsible approach to protecting a community’s citizens.
In August 2012, the American Bar Association adopted Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section’s (TIPS) Resolution 100 which urged all state, territorial, and local legislative bodies and governmental agencies to adopt comprehensive breed-neutral dangerous dog/reckless owner laws that ensure due process protections for owners, encourage responsible pet ownership and focus on the behavior of both dog owners and dogs, and to repeal any breed discriminatory or breed specific provisions.
Please oppose HB956 because it fails to enhance public safety, is a waste of tax dollars and is an infringement on our property rights.
Thank you for your consideration.
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