Target: Ronald Young, Maryland State Senator
Goal: Outlaw the discrimination of pit bull dogs in Maryland
In 2012, Maryland lawmakers passed a bill that labeled pit bull dogs as “inherently dangerous;” this bill also held an owner of a pit bull liable if the dog attacked another person. Understandably, this bill has induced a lot of anger within the state. Pit bull owners vie that their dogs are no more dangerous than a golden retriever; a vicious dog is the product of an abusive environment, no matter the breed. Recently, lawmakers have started to listen to the pleas of pit bull owners and are considering an overturn of the 2012 bill. Pit bull dogs should not be singled out; the right course of action is for Maryland to pass this new bill to overturn the other.
The new proposed bill would ensure that all dog owners are liable if their dog bites a person; pit bulls and their owners would not receive harsher punishment, all would be equal. Owners would need to prove that the dog’s temperament was docile before the attack, which is not a hard trait to prove for any well-treated dog. The basis of the bill is this: all dogs are created equal when it comes to temperament. If a dog is vicious, it is so due to prior or current abuse. Even so, if a dog attacks a person, whatever the breed, the owner will suffer repercussions and investigations to discover the nature of the attack.
Urge Maryland lawmakers to pass the bill that will overturn the 2012 ruling, which unfairly singled out pit bull dogs and their owners. All dog owners should be liable if their dog attacks a person; sign this petition for dog breed equality.
Dear Senator Ronald Young,
In 2012 Maryland lawmakers passed a discriminating bill that singled out the owners of pit bull dogs. This bill deemed pit bulls inherently dangerous, and held the owner liable if his or her pit bull attacked a person. This is a stricter law than that of other dog owners, which is, for many reasons, unfair.
A new bill has been introduced that would overturn the discriminating bill of 2012. This proposed bill would hold owners of any breed accountable if his or her dog attacks a person. This is a fair law, which will allow for all abusive owners to be investigated and tried if his or her dog is so aggressive that it attacks a person. I urge you, Senator, to pass this new bill into law.
We must move toward dog breed equality and away from unfair discrimination.
[Your Name Here]
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