Target: Joe Smith, Mayor of North Little Rock
Goal: Repeal the breed-discriminatory ordinance that targets pit bulls.
North Little Rock, Arkansas’ breed-discriminatory law has resulted in pit bulls and dogs that resemble pit bulls being needlessly euthanized. Under North Little Rock’s law, all types of pit bull terriers and pit bull mixes are banned in the city. But research has shown that these types of breed-discriminatory laws don’t work—they are hard to enforce, unfairly punish responsible dog owners, and do not enhance public safety. Ordinances that focus on dogs’ behavior and the behavior of their owners are much more effective.
The breed-discriminatory laws all-too-often end in tragedy for pit bulls and dogs that resemble pit bulls. One of these tragedies happened earlier this year in North Little Rock. A dog and its two puppies got out of their house, after which they were rounded up by Animal Control. Because they resembled pit bulls, the owner was told she would have to pay a fine to get her dogs back. The owner said that her dogs were a Labrador and boxer mix, but Animal Control insisted that they were pit bulls. She only had the money for one dog, and the other two were unfortunately euthanized. This type of story is too common in cities that have breed-discriminatory ordinances.
To stop any more innocent dogs from being euthanized, North Little Rock must repeal their ordinance that targets pit bulls. Sign this petition to tell North Little Rock’s mayor that you do not want pit bulls owners and their dogs to be punished.
Dear Mr. Smith,
North Little Rock’s current breed-discriminatory ordinance unfairly targets pit bulls and pit bull mixes. Many organizations, including the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, say that breed-discriminatory ordinances are not an effective way to increase public safety. The laws are expensive to enforce, and they punish responsible pit bull owners. Laws that focus on monitoring pets’ behavior are more effective than breed-discriminatory ordinances.
The breed-discriminatory ordinances can also result in pit bulls being unnecessarily euthanized. Earlier this year, a North Little Rock woman’s dogs were put down because they resembled pit bulls, even though the woman said they were Labrador and boxer mixes. It’s unfair for dog owners to be targeted and fined simply because their dogs look like pit bulls.
I urge you to repeal the ordinance that targets pit bull terriers. Instead, please create ordinances that focus on dogs’ and their owner’s behavior. These ordinances are much more effective, and they save innocent pit bulls from being euthanized.
[Your Name Here]
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