Friday, February 27, 2009
Austin, TX - After a weekend of pit bull attacks involving three Texan citizens, it was reported that a flurry of animal-related bills had been filed for the upcoming Texas legislative session. Among the list includes: tougher cockfighting and dog chaining laws, allowing sportsmen to hunt feral hogs from a helicopter and a pit bull proposal. State Representative Harold Dutton, a Houston Democrat, wants to make it a crime for Texans younger than 16 to "handle or care" for a pit bull without adult supervision.
He also doesn’t want teens walking pit bulls and intimidating neighbors -- something he says is akin to allowing them to carry a gun. "It may well never go off. It may never hurt anybody," he said, "but the potential there is so great that we need to look at it and prevent it." Dutton’s proposal also forbids leaving a child alone with any of the three bully breeds, which includes pit bulls, or any mix breed that exhibits pit bull characteristics. A violation would become a Class C misdemeanor, punishable by a fine up to $500.
Related Bills Filed:
- HB 925: Relating to the handling of or caring for a pit bull breed of dog by certain minors; providing penalties.
- SB 634: Relating to the unlawful restraint of a dog (increased anti-tethering restrictions).
- SB 554 and HB 1147: Relating to dogfighting and the definition of "dogfighting paraphernalia."
- HB 458: Relating to limitations on the number of dogs at a residence in certain counties.
- HB 1320: Relating to the creation of offenses relating to cockfighting and to the forfeiture of cockfighting equipment.
- SB 1845 and HB 4277: Relating to the sterilization of dogs and cats; providing a penalty
02/26/09: Two Adult Texans Get Eye Ripped Out By Pit Bulls Over the Weekend
12/18/08: Texas Lawmakers May Tackle Breed-Specific Law Next Year
08/20/08: Dog Attacks, Trends and Dog Law Coverage of Texas
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| 2/27/2009 12:47 PM |
Honestly, of all places I would have thought would have nipped this in the bud.... what is wrong with the men in Texas? They all need to grow a pair...stop protecting the criminals, gang members, and drug dealers who breed these dogs, and start protecting your WIVES,SISTERS, MOTHERS,AND CHILDREN!
C'mon, guys, man up, will ya? Stop letting the criminals and these looney women who want to "save all the poor pitties!" call the shots! Aren't there any men in that great state who have the cujones to stand up and be heard...and stop letting these dogs maul innocent kids and old ladies? Instead of standing around, wringing your hands and talking tuff about using your guns, demand your legislature make these damn dogs illegal!
| 2/27/2009 1:56 PM |
Whoa, amazingly well said! You simply must put that in a letter to the editor for Houston, Dallas, Ft. Worth, etc.
And speaking of nanny dogs, I have a friend who said she saw a special on Discovery or TLC about pitbulls and how they used to be nanny dogs before the gangsters got a hold of them. This shocked me -- that the myth has been so well perpetuated by the propitters, that it ends up being reported as fact by a well-known station.
| 2/27/2009 2:12 PM |
They can overturn the state law preventing breed specific legislation
After all, the law was put in place by dog fighters, dog breeders, and other assorted criminals
It was a law catering to a special interest business, and the law should be struck down right now
It was the equivalent of the tobacco industry going in and making legislators pass a law that prevents any tobacco laws
| 2/27/2009 2:54 PM |
Foolmeonce, I have seen some of that program...the problem is really the decline of journalism, and especially investigative journalism in this country. I have a good friend who is an editor, and we have talked about the poor quality of journalism in our local major metropolitan newspaper, including some very embarrassing instances of formal retractions.
Another good example is the recent Sports Illustrated piece. Honestly, the writer merely went onto sites like Bad Rap, ect., and wrote what he read there. (I guess if you read it on the internet it must be true!) The history of the breed had been completely fabricated by the dog-lobbyists, yet virtually no journalists challenge the statements regarding pit bulls once being the most "popular dog in America"....they never were, and its been PROVEN through research, by Merritt Clifton.
The pro-pit lobby is never asked by journalists to quantify their information, or back up what they say. No one "researching" the breed, surprisingly, manages to find Merritt Cliftons studies. No journalists ever bother to read what the dogfighters themselves have written about the dogs...including how MANY fighting dogs were HIGHLY huamn aggressive and that it is simply a myth that these dogs were "culled" if they were man-biters.
I am hoping more journalists will learn to use the resources provided by this site to get a better idea of what the real problems are with these dogs.
| 3/01/2009 9:34 AM |
pit bulls are like guns, eh?
Wait- my gun just busted out of it's crate and is charging down the street, bouncing along on it's little butt!
If only I'd bought that choker gun leash...
Oh, wait, guns don't have minds of their own, do they?