BREED SPECIFIC LEGISLATION HITS CALIFORNIA!
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This article was written prior to the October, 2005 signing of SB861 which is now California law. A movement in California to reverse the law through a referendum failed to raise enough signatures by the deadline in January, 2006. Since then, two lawsuits to defeat the law have been filed and are now pending. For more details on the lawsuits see 2nd paragraph at: "NO" ON ALL BSL. Also see: BSL Becomes Calif Law!
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On 6/29/05 the Assembly Local Government Committee passed Senate Bill 861 by a narrow 4-3 vote. The bill is scheduled to move to the Assembly floor for a general vote by all 80 Assembly Members on August 15th, 2005.
The bill was introduced by Senator Jackie Speier (D-San Francisco) in the aftermath of the mauling death of a 12-year -old boy in San Francisco by his family's Pit Bulls. The original version would have allowed cities and counties to enact any regulation aimed at specific dog breeds, including outlawing Pit Bulls. Current California law does not permit breed-specific ordinances and regulations.
In response to a public
outcry, SB 861 was amended 7/05/05, the day of the committee
hearing. The latest version allows cities and counties to enact breed specific mandates that pertain only to spay/neuter and breeding requirements.
Cities that implement such restrictions would be required to
compile quarterly reports on dog bites and submit them to the State
Animal rights proponents argue that the bill is
a time bomb, even as amended. California sets the pace for legislation across
the country. California is
traditionally more liberal than other states. If California opens the door for
breed-specific legislation (BSL), other states will follow and their restrictions
on breeds are likely to be much more severe. SB 861
could open a nationwide floodgate for the type of horrors reported in
where owners were given citations to remove their Pit Bulls from the
within 24 hours.
BSL encourages pounds to kill Pit Bulls or look-alikes, instead of
allowing them to be adopted. The practice is rampant now without
This bill and others like it may conclusively seal the fate of Pit Bulls, perhaps the most discriminated-against animals on earth.
Many dogs that are look-alikes will pay with their lives. Most people can't even identify an American Pit Bull terrier. Can you? Take the test.
bill's positive aspect
is that it could bring about
forced speutering (spay/neuter) and a moratorium on breeding.
However, these mandates should extend to
all breeds for the
right reason: because
millions of companion animals are being killed in 'shelters'
for lack of homes. There
is no justification for legislation to target any one breed.
Sound like a sci-fi movie? It's not. This was written by a panic-stricken Pit Bull
sympathizer during the Denver Roundup where animal control was
literally dragging Pit Bulls out of private houses after the ban
Is it too late for Californians? Is there anything that can be done? Several sites below encourage swift consumer action before the Senate takes its vote. There are many petitions dedicated to the California bill's defeat being circulated.
An interesting read are
the comments on the
petition to reverse Denver's ban on Pit Bulls.
The horror and the dismay of its residents are evident. It foretells
what Senator Jackie Speier
has in mind for
Positive Pit Bull press:
Bay Area Doglovers Responsible About
National Animal Control Association
You can be denied coverage and lose your homeowner’s insurance if your dog is on this list:
Akita, Alaskan Malamutes, American Pit Bull Terrier, APBT,
American Staffordshire Terrier, AmStaff, Staffordshire Bull Terrier,
Boxers, Bullmastiffs, Chow Chows, Collies, Dalmations, Doberman
Pinschers, German Shepherds, Mastiffs, Great Danes, Rottweilers,
Saint Bernards, Shiba Inus, Siberian Huskies, Staffordshire Bull
"Legislation like this always seems to hold the answers for people, and it never works out that way".
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