City officials of Marion, Ark., plan to discuss an ordinance that would ban pit bulls at their next City Council Meeting scheduled for the end of September.
It’s no secret pit bulls are discriminated against. Several cities around the U.S. have already placed bans on the breed, believing it makes communities safer for people and companion animals.
Breed Specific Legislation (BSL) bans or restricts certain types of dogs perceived as “dangerous” breeds. The legislation requires removing the banned type of dog from the area wherein the BSL has been implemented. Depending on how a law is written, owners of certain breeds may be forced to take extreme safety measures with their dog (such as muzzles, containing them in kennels or wearing tags with the words “vicious dog”).
The time, effort and money put into BSL very well might not even be worth the trouble. There is no proof BSL has even helped any communities be safer. Also, some responsible owners and pets are punished as a result of the legislation. In general, those who neglect or mistreat animals have more aggressive pets, so why punish those who have well-behaved companions?
While many people are afraid of pit bulls because of stereotypes, some pit bulls have actually saved lives. Some pit bulls — like Dixon of Arkansas — are trusty service dogs to people with various disabilities. Stories like this often remind us dogs should be judged for their behavior, not their breed.
If you feel BSL is not the right way to enforce pet safety, sign this petition to stop the ban of pit bulls in Marion, Arkansas.