A Bill to Ban Dangerous Breeds
Miami, FL - A new bill making its way through the Legislature that would allow cities to ban any breed of dog they deem dangerous to their communities. The bill, sponsored by Perry Thurston, D-Plantation, would give cities the right to ban breeds responsible for a large number of attacks, just as pit bulls have been banned in Miami-Dade for the past 20 years.
HB 101 would amend the state's existing "Damage by Dogs" statute, which limits municipalities from banning specific breeds, but holds owners liable for injuries and damage caused by their dogs. Mr. Thurston adds:
''My primary concern is for the safety of other people and their pets, who have to deal with dangerous dogs on the streets, in dog parks, and even outside of their own homes."
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals supports the bill, which if approved by the Legislature, could go into effect July 1. Stephanie Bell, senior cruelty caseworker for PETA, said the bill would help keep breeds of dogs out of the hands of dog owners who deliberately raise their dog to be vicious for home defense or blood sports.
The Humane Society disagrees and provides an antiquated one-liner: The real problem is that we are not enforcing existing laws. This conclusion fails address the obvious reality that some breeds are far more dangerous than others. "All the love in the world," and "good pet ownership" does not change the fact that pit bull type dogs have been selectively bred for 2,000 for the purposes of fighting.
DogsBite.org supports PETA's stance for two reasons: It protects human beings and our pets from future maulings, and it protects pit bulls and rottweilers from abusive owners.
The rest of the article is dedicated to the dim-witted, yet timeless debate of, "It's the owner, not the breed." The problem with this debate is that as long as it continues, more children, adults, senior citizens and pets will suffer catastrophic injury at the hands of dangerous dogs.
DogsBite.org praises Perry Thurston, the PETA organization, Stephanie Bell, and all else who are working to bring forth this progressive legislation in Florida. We ask that you do not stop in your efforts. Saving future generations of mauling victims and abused dogs is what is at stake.