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(TO:..insert name here)
(your city, state, zip)
(your area code and phone number)
Dear (insert name here):
To be useful, legislation must be effective, enforceable, economical, and
reasonably fair. Recently, a bill (CITE BILL NUMBER HERE) has been placed
before (RELEVANT BODY i.e., city council, etc.,)that would fail all of these
tests. This legislation is motivated by fear and lack of relevant knowledge. .
The media and the inexperienced would have you believe that these breeds are
vicious and should be prohibited. However, these very breeds as a whole have
proven their stability and good canine citizenry by becoming 'Search &
Rescue dogs, Therapy dogs working inside hospitals, professional Herding dogs
and family companions for years.
Our Country was not founded on the restriction and punishment of the masses
based on the actions of a few... when has this changed?
A five year study published in the Cincinnati Law Review in 1982, vol. 53, pg
1077, which specifically considered both Rottweilers and "pit
bulls", concluded in part that:
...statistics did not support the assertion that any one breed was dangerous,
..when legislation is focused on the type of dog it fails, because it is ...
unenforceable, confusing, and costly. .. focusing legislation on dogs that are
"vicious" distracts attention from the real problem, which is
In light of this and other studies, we urge you to take the following actions:
1. Reject the current legislation, which is contrary to fact and distracts
from the real issue, that of responsible ownership.
2. Actively pursue legislation that would render owners liable for the actions
of their pets, such as a good non-breed specific dangerous dog law.
We suggest that the appropriate policy should be "blame the owner, not
the dog." Owners can and should take responsibility for their pets.
Bottom line: the legislation proposed will not only be unfair for responsible
citizens but it addresses the wrong problem. Voting for this proposal as it
stands only harms the law abiding responsible dog owner.