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Q: Have you heard about the Breed Specific Legislation they ar trying to pass in Florida?

March 4, 2009 | By Lauren | 8 answers | Expired: 1858 days ago

Lauren

I recieved an alert from ASPCA.org saying "A new bill before the Florida Legislature, House Bill 189/Senate Bill 922, would allow any Florida community or city to adopt regulations that target or ban specific dog breeds. The ASPCA is strongly opposed to this bill and urges all Floridians to speak out against it...."

I looked up the bill on www.myfloridahouse.gov and read the bill (it's a real short one). The revision proposed would take "no such regulation is
specific to breed" out of the bill. That means that communities, counties, and the like to pass breed specific legislation. Namely against breeds they are scared of. Think Pit Bulls, Rottweilers, Dobermans, German Shepards and any other breed that they choose. The ASPCA says "There is no evidence that breed-specific laws reduce dog attacks or increase public safety, but there is significant evidence that well-enforced, breed-neutral laws do. The ASPCA believes that breed-specific legislation provides communities with a false sense of security, fails to protect the public and penalizes responsible dog owners. " I've already emailed my reps and voiced my desent. Below are links to more info. Thanks!
The ASPCA Advocacy webpage, look for FL: Fight Breed Specific Legislation:
www.aspca.org/fight-animal-cruelty/lobby-for-animals/

This is directly to House Bill 189:
www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Documents/loaddoc.aspx?FileName=_s0922__.DOCX&DocumentType=Bill&BillNumber=0922&Session=2009

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Carly T.
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Mar 10, 2009

This isn't right. Dogs can be mean because of how they are brought up, not because of their breed. Any breed of dog can have an aggressive nature. What's next. Are they going to ban all dogs period?

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Andrew D.
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Mar 10, 2009

In Germany it is illegal to own certain types of dog breeds. The majority of the pet owners here in the States are responsible. But remember, it only takes one irresponsible owner to ruin it for everyone else.

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synola w.
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Mar 08, 2009

problem is the ones who want to ban the pits dont realize once you let them do that the will continue on with another, then another breed and so one till nothing is left but fru fru breeds who actually bite more. we need tougher animal welfare, humane laws and punishment, and to stop puppy mills. stop the abuse, fighting and mistreatment of animals. not the breeds i love pits and all bully breeds along with any dog breed.

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Dr. Joyce B.
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Mar 08, 2009

I think the Humane Society of the United States shares the same opinion as the ASPCA.

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RICHARD V.
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Mar 08, 2009

Owners are the problem not the breed. This is an unfair proposal.

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JOYCE S.
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Mar 06, 2009

I wish they'd wake up & realize it's not necessarily certain breeds - it's the care/training of owners. As a responsible owner, they need to be held accountable - not the animal.

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 Lee L.
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Mar 05, 2009

I had not ever heard of this before it was recently in the news here. I live near Watertown, New York and this policy was recently established at the military base, Fort Drum, near to where I live. I am not sure how I feel about this. I mean, it seems like our soldiers have enough to think about with the war going on, and then to have their pet banned from the base they live on. It seems cruel somehow to take their pets away from them and their family. Then again some of the breeds may be potentionally dangerous.
I guess I don't think it is fair.
One other issue, our local SPCA in Watertown is starting to have many of these animals brought in to the facility and they are running out of precious room. It does pose a problem in many ways.
Here are some links to various articles concerning this issue: www.stopbsl.com
www.wwnytv.net/index.php/2009/02/04/feedback-some-dog-breeds-banned-from-drum-housing/


www.dogsbite.org/blog/2009/02/fort-drum-prohibits-aggressive-dog.html

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Debra H.
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Mar 04, 2009

The concern/problem is that dog attacks cross many b reeds including mixed breeds. What happens if they ban German Shepherds and Chows start biting?

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