Topic

breed discrimination

19 petitions

Started 2 months ago

Petition to Artie Stuteville, Dave Smail, Gee Gee Wilhoite, Leigh House, Aaron Nickelson

Lift the Ban on Pitbulls in Paola, KS

According to the website cityofpaola.com, “Any breed or mixed breed of pit bull is prohibited within the city limits of Paola.” This is an outdated and unfair targeting of a population of mostly sweet and gentle dogs. The breed-specific ban does not prevent all attacks by dogs, as any dog has the capability to attack and hurt someone. Dogs who are raised to be aggressive are aggressive, and dogs who are raised to be gentle are gentle, regardless of their breed.  A study conducted by The American Tempermant Testing Society (ATTS) shows that bully breeds (including Pit Bulls, American Staffordshire Terriers, American Bulldogs, Bull Terriers and Staffordshire Bull Terriers) ranked 3rd in temperament; 87.4% of dogs tested and passed the TT test, in which the dog is walked in the park and greeted with a range of stimuli to observe their reactions. They placed only 6.4% below Labrador Retrievers, which are globally known as gentle dogs.  Why the targeting? Pit Bulls, as a bully breed, have a naturally strong and muscular build. According to the ASPCA, “Today’s pit bull is a descendant of the original English bull-baiting dog—a dog that was bred to bite and hold bulls, bears and other large animals around the face and head. When baiting large animals was outlawed in the 1800s, people turned instead to fighting their dogs against each other. These larger, slower bull-baiting dogs were crossed with smaller, quicker terriers to produce a more agile and athletic dog for fighting other dogs.” Because these dogs were bred specifically for their fighting abilities, they were generally aggressive and often turned this trait on their handlers and those around them. Today’s Pit Bulls are likely a genetic mix of thise bred to fight and those bred to perform as a companion or working-type dog, without any regard to their differing behavioral traits. However, “genetics don’t exist in a vacuum,” (ASPCA) and the way an individual dog interacts with the world around it depends largely on many factors that provide influence, even from temperature inside the womb to how it has been treated by humans as an adult. “Because of the impact of experience, the pit bull specifically bred for generations to be aggressive may not fight with dogs and the Labrador retriever bred to be a service dog may be aggressive toward people.” (ASPCA) In all truthfullness, any dog of any breed can be bred and reared to show aggression. According to a statement issued in 2013, President Obama said “[w]e don’t support breed-specific legislation—research shows that bans on certain types of dogs are largely ineffective and often a waste of public resources. And the simple fact is that dogs of any breed can become dangerous when they’re intentionally or unintentionally raised to be aggressive.” (ASPCA) The ban on Pit Bulls in Paola is unnecessary and does not need to continue to prevent good dogs from being accepted into loving homes.    Sources: https://www.cityofpaola.com/95/Dog-and-Cat-Licenses https://atts.org/breed-statistics/statistics-page1/ https://www.aspca.org/about-us/aspca-policy-and-position-statements/position-statement-pit-bulls

Evyn Rolf
1,163 supporters
Update posted 3 months ago

Petition to Debra Ortega, ROBIN KNIECH, City of Denver

End the Ridiculous Breed Ban and Killing of innocent dogs in Denver CO!

Yes, this is still happening in 2018! The breed ban on pitbulls in Denver was passed in 1989 and some may not even know it exsists! According to the Denver AC and Denver city website ; “The ban has been in place since 1989. The ban is in effect for American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, or Staffordshire Bull Terrier.Pit bull type dogs are defined as any dog displaying the majority of physical traits of any one or more of the above breeds, or any dog exhibiting those distinguishing (physical) characteristics, which substantially conform to the standards established by AKC or UKC .The ban is not the entire city (certain counties do not uphold it and some ever so often have proposals to try to overturn it in Court hearings like the Current proposal in Lakewood county), but the city and county of Denver do strictly enforce and ultimately terminate the dog if can’t be relocated in time” I know this is shocking to those of us who know Co to be a dog friendly state but if no one ever takes action nothing will be done. Below are the names and emails of both council women (yes women!!) upholding this ridiculous outdated ban killing these sweet babies for no reason. You can Contact: Robin Kniech at 720-337-7712 or Kniechatlarge@denvergov.org and Debra Ortega at 720-337-7713 or ortegaatlarge@denvergovorg. Speaking to the AC of Denver they were polite but so matter of fact about the dog being put down that I more and more do think Mass killings of these beautiful dogs are being done behind close doors in one of the best and animal living states in the country! Sign the petition and end this ridiculous law now! Link to Denver city page with Breed Specific Legislation: https://www.denvergov.org/content/denvergov/en/denver-animal-shelter/animal-protection/breed-specific-legislation.html   photo courtesy of everystockphoto.com, photographer 

Reene Phoenix
2,144 supporters
Started 3 months ago

Petition to Greensboro GA City Council

Stop Breed Discrimination in Greensboro GA! Educate, Don't Discriminate.

Summary of the New Breed Discriminatory Ordinance: This ordinance was passed unanimously on November 20, 2017. The ordinance applies to American Pit Bull Terriers, Staffordshire Bull Terriers, American Staffordshire Terriers, and mixed breed dogs that look like they are partially of these breeds. The ordinance does not indicate how much of the targeted breeds is acceptable in a mixed breed dog. Owners of targeted dogs must pay $50 to register their dogs with the police. No other pets in the city must be registered. While on the owner’s property, targeted dogs must be confined indoors or in a locked pen with a roof and a floor. If the pen does not have a floor, the sides must be embedded into the ground at least 2 ft. The pen must be located at least 25 ft from the property line. Targeted dogs must wear a fluorescent collar any time they are outside. Puppies born to a female pit bull must be registered, at $50 each, by the age of 6 mos. Visitors to the city who have dogs that fit the profile cannot have their dogs within the city limits for more than 59 minutes. Why We Oppose It: It’s unnecessary. The city can enforce the leash and dangerous dog ordinances already on the books, laws that apply to all dogs. Your dog could be next. When the ordinance was passed, the council discussed expanding the ordinance to include other breeds. The ordinance sentences dogs to lifetime isolation and confinement, based solely on how they look. We believe that dogs, like people, are individuals and should be judged by their behavior, not their appearance. The ordinance may create just what the city seeks to avoid: dangerous dogs. Isolating a dog from human contact is an excellent way to create an unsocialized, potentially dangerous animal. Also, the ordinance may cause owners to abandon their dogs rather than comply, which could result in more loose dogs and an increased threat to public safety. The ordinance will punish responsible pet owners who comply, while bad pet owners will ignore it, or acquire new breeds to exploit that are not covered by the ordinance. The ordinance will create an unfriendly environment for visitors and tourists with dogs, since dogs that fit the profile are only allowed within the city limits for 59 minutes. It will be difficult, if not impossible, to enforce. It’s hard even for experts to tell what breeds are in a dog’s family tree. Requiring a fluorescent collar for targeted dogs stigmatizes dogs that may be friendly, well-trained family pets. Many dogs, including hunting dogs, already wear fluorescent collars. The ordinance will discourage dog adoptions in Greensboro, since many rescued dogs are mixes and no one knows which dogs would be targeted by the ordinance. These organizations oppose breed-discriminatory legislation: The American Bar Association, The American Veterinary Medical Association, the Centers for Disease Control, the American Kennel Club, the ASPCA, The Humane Society of the United States, and many more. Americans should be able to love and care for any kind of dog they choose, as long as they are responsible. 21 states have already passed laws prohibiting this type of discriminatory legislation. What We Recommend Instead: Enforce the existing leash and dangerous dog laws already on the books, which apply to all dogs and dog owners. Concentrate on irresponsible owners and dangerous dogs, not dogs with a certain appearance. Make our community safer by focusing on the real problems: loose dogs, pet overpopulation, and irresponsible pet owners. Consider licensing all dogs in the city for a low fee, with a discount for spayed/neutered animals. This would build a database which would help reunite lost pets with their families, and assist first responders, who would know what pets were in residence when responding to an emergency. The city could use the licensing fees to fund low-cost spay/ neuter, vaccination, and, most importantly, education programs. Create a community task force. We are a group of concerned citizens willing to take action to help make our community safer for all residents and all pets! Members of local rescue groups, as well as other experts, including veterinarians, law enforcement, and animal control officials, are ready to help the city tackle these issues.

Diane Driscoll
1,070 supporters