Repeal Pitbull Ban in Mueller Austin

Repeal Pitbull Ban in Mueller Austin

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Amy Gu started this petition to Mueller Home Owners Association and

This petition seeks to repeal regulation K-2 of the Mueller Mixed-Use Community Association Rules and Regulations, which prohibits residents from owning bully and pitbull dogs. The prohibition of pitbulls and pitbull mixes promotes the disproven notion that pitbulls are a dangerous “breed,” and also undermines community wellness and equity.

First and foremost, prohibiting a specific breed of dog is illegal according to Texas state law. Texas has enacted the Breed Specific Legislation (BSL), a legislation that bans local discrimination against specific dog breeds. Section 822.047 of the legislation states that counties and municipalities may not ban any breed of dog.

822.047. LOCAL REGULATION OF DANGEROUS DOGS. A county or municipality may place additional requirements or restrictions on dangerous dogs if the requirements or restrictions:
(1) are not specific to one breed or several breeds of dogs; and
(2) are more stringent than restrictions provided by this subchapter.
 

The idea that the pitbull “breed” by nature exhibits aggressive behavior is false because the term “pitbull” does not refer to a single bully breed but rather a variety of bully and non-bully breeds. The term “pitbull” first appeared in 1884 to describe a set of physical characteristics (not aggressive behaviors) shared by several breeds of dog. Most “pitbulls” are in fact pure or mixed breeds of American Staffodshire terriers, dogo argentine and Staffordshire bull terriers, and boxers, all of which are not banned by the Mueller HOA. This means that dogs labeled as “pitbulls” are often not actually bully breeds but rather non-aggressive breeds with the physical appearance of a bully breed. 

Even if a pitbull mix were to carry bully breed ancestry, all dogs regardless of make and breed can behave non-aggressively with proper training. The American Kennel Club points out that the Bull Terrier over decades of selective breeding, is no longer a “gladiator” breed but instead a “mild, playful companion with a special feel for kids.” Pitbulls rescued and properly socialized during and after Hurricane Katrina showed little to no signs of aggression but dogs of all breeds abandoned in the hurricane ruins became feral and vicious. Any person who has lived in or visited a third world country, especially in rural zones, has run from aggressive feral dogs in all shapes and sizes. From ornamental small dogs to large lab-retriever mixes, every dog without proper socialization is potentially vicious and aggressive.

Finally, the vast majority of dogs rescued by Austin’s municipal animal shelter have some visible pitbull appearance. To prohibit the adoption of pitbull mixes is to prohibit the adoption of low-cost rescued dogs. Removing access to rescued mixed breed dogs forces Mueller residents to look to breeders to acquire dogs. Buying pure-breed animals is historically associated with elitism and discrimination against poor families. Forcing residents to buy dogs from breeders a) discriminates against low-income families who cannot afford the high costs pure-breed dogs, and b) promotes the cruel practice of forcing dogs to inbreed and maintain crippling genetic defects. Eliminating access to the vast majority of rescue dogs promotes a legacy of classism and animal cruelty that is not consistent with the desires of Austin’s residents.

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