Sunday, March 16, 2008
Tallahassee, FL - Florida policy makers are being inundated by pro-pit bull advocates from California to France regarding HB 101, a bill that would allow Florida communities to enact breed-specific ordinances as a measure of public safety.
DogsBite.org commends state Rep. Perry Thurston, D-Plantation, who is spearheading the effort behind HB 101. Communities who are undergoing a high level of attacks by a specific and deadly breed of dog must have the authority to legislate accordingly.
In the 5 months that DogsBite.org has been operating, no public policy maker has said as simply or powerfully the words recently spoken by Mr. Thurston:
"This ain't the regular family pet [a pit bull]. I don't think we can put our heads in the sand and pretend there's not a problem."Please continue speaking frankly, and above the dishonest clatter that has kept policy makers from taking a strong public safety stance about pit bulls. The people who scream foul and that "A Chihuahua can attack you too" are misinformed and do not seek to prevent new victims from being created.
Palm Beach County Commission Chairwoman Addie Greene deserves high praise too. Dogfighting and pit bull abuse is rampant in the State of Florida. Regulating the ownership and breeding of pit bulls -- enacting a pit bull ban -- is the most progressive measure to protect people and pit bulls.
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| 3/17/2008 5:59 AM |
What's at stake here is the presumption of domestication which is currently afforded Pit Bulls. One could argue that the Dogmen who have ruthlessly culled the docile ones for centuries have pushed the breed through the realm of domestication and out the other side. They've created a real disturbance in nature.
| 3/17/2008 6:03 AM |
In 2007, there were 440 reported incidents in which pit bulls and pit bull mixes bit people in Broward and Palm Beach counties, according to the counties' animal-control departments. Yet, animal-control officials don't support a ban on specific breeds, saying such regulations would be difficult to enforce and misguided in placing the blame on the dogs.
It's become apparent that the animal welfare community has infiltrated the ranks of many animal control departments....Pit Bull welfare seems to have priority over public safety and the maulings are accelerating.
Time for a purge....