Castle Rock Should Change Its Pit Bull Policy

By Kory NelsonA special guest post by Kory Nelson as the City of Castle Rock, Colorado discusses repealing its 1992 pit bull ban. January 31 was the first public hearing for the proposed ordinance changes. While the Editorial Board of the Denver Post had recently declared “Pit Bull bans are still justified” (1/29/2018), former local Denver KNUS radio show personality Krista Kafer was granted the privilege of having her opposing published by the Denver Post (“Castle… [Read full blog post]

Who Can Identify a Pit Bull? A Dog Owner of 'Ordinary Intelligence' Say the High Courts

Pit Bulls Are Identifiable Meme CampaignDogsBite.org - For 25 years appellate courts have ruled that a dog owner of ordinary intelligence can identify a pit bull (See: Ohio v. Anderson, 1991). In addition to this, the high courts have ruled that scientific precision is not required when determining the breed (See: Colorado Dog Fanciers v. Denver, 1991). Yet still the myth persists ad nauseam -- pushed by the Pit Bull Propaganda Machine, pit bull advocates, animal groups an… [Read full blog post]

Animal Cruelty Law Tests Free Speech: Dogfighting Videos

Supreme Court May Hear Case Washington D.C. - In mid December, it was reported that the Department of Justice asked the U.S. Supreme Court to take up an animal cruelty case, arguing that an appeals court erred in declaring unconstitutional a federal law that bans selling depictions of animals being tortured. The first case to go to trial under the new law -- passed in 1999 -- involved Robert J. Stevens, a Virginia man who sold videos of pit bulls fighting and killing pigs. He was c… [Read full blog post]

United States Supreme Court Leaves Intact Ohio Supreme Court’s Ruling that Breed-Specific Legislation is Constitutional

The United States Supreme Court affirms breed-specific ordinance is constitutional. For years, the pit bull lobby has claimed that breed-specific legislation (also known as BSL) is unconstitutional -- but now the Supreme Court of Ohio has joined courts in Washington, Colorado, New Mexico, Florida, Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Utah, Wisconsin, and Kentucky in ruling that BSL is, indeed, constitutional when properly written. On February 19, 2008 the United States Supreme… [Read full blog post]