Breed-specific legislation is basically discrimination. Pit bulls are unfairly targeted by these laws that aim to keep them from being adopted into certain homes, buildings, and cities despite the fact that like all other dogs, they deserve loving homes. Despite being formerly known as “nanny dogs” for their loyalty and gentleness, they have been given a false bad reputation. They’re now misunderstood and accused of being aggressive. Any dog can become aggressive; every dog requires training, attention, exercise, and proper feeding for a healthy temperament. Unfortunately, “irresponsible owners, sensationalist news stories, and a proliferation of myths” have led to a misplaced fear of pit bulls and breed-discriminatory laws.

There is no evidence that breed-specific legislation increases public safety. Having these laws in place only leads to less pet adoption and more pet homelessness.

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According to ASPCA, “the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) decided to strongly oppose BSL. The CDC cited, among other problems, the inaccuracy of dog bite data and the difficulty in identifying dog breeds (especially true of mixed-breed dogs). Breed-specific laws are also costly and difficult to enforce.”

Fortunately for pit bulls, the Denver City Council has also decided to oppose these discriminatory laws! Pit bulls have sadly been banned from the city since 1989, but council members voted to pass a law proposed by Councilman Chris Henderson. This law would lift the ban if passed, but requires to owners to obtain a “breed-restricted license.” The requirements for this license are: “a description of the pit bull, pay an annual fee, and prove that the dog has had a rabies vaccination.”

The proposal still needs to be signed by Mayor Hancock to become law. According to a spokesperson, he has not decided on whether or not he will sign the law. If he does not sign it, the city council can override his veto, but it would need 9 votes and it only passed the council with a 7-4 vote.

Contact Mayor Michael B. Hancock by calling his office at 720-865-9000. And make sure to sign this petition so that both the mayor and the council understand how many people are against the discriminatory law and that it should be repealed!

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