Target: Larry O’Neal, GA Majority House Leader
Goal: Don’t inaccurately and unfairly label dogs as dangerous because they look like pit bulls.
Dogs that resemble pit bulls could be automatically classified as dangerous and discriminated against if a piece of legislation know as HR-906 is passed by the Georgia legislature. Such an action will likely result in dogs being seized from their owners and immediately killed.
Being able to correctly identify a dog solely by looks is not possible. In fact, there are only three types of pit bull breeds in existence, including the American Staffordshire terrier, the American pit bull terrier and the Staffordshire bull terrier. Therefore, labeling any dog as a pit bull results in dangerous stereotyping and allows for any dog that looks even remotely like a pit bull to be put to death.
Italy has already proven that deeming particular dogs as dangerous leads to a slippery slope, as they now currently have ninety two breeds of dogs on such a list. More so, there have not been less people bitten by dogs since laws pertaining to dog breeds have been set in place there.
Furthermore, if owners don’t engage their animals in the sick and illegal activity of dog fighting, these dogs usually grow up to be very loving and loyal pets. Thus, making it legal to take specific actions because a dog has been labeled to be a certain breed not only promotes cruelty to animals, it also grossly insults dog owners who genuinely care about their pets.
Sign this petition and tell Georgia representatives that making stereotypes about a dog because it may be a certain breed is unethical. There are too many hateful people in this world who abuse animals. The ones who don’t participate in such barbaric activities should be allowed to continue giving their loyal companions a good home.
Dear Representative O’Neal,
As you know lawmakers may soon decide it is OK to label dogs that look like pit bulls as dangerous. If this happens many loyal and loving pets will likely be unfairly seized and killed.
Since there are only three types of specific pit bull breeds, being able to label any dog as a pit bull would result in many dogs being inaccurately labeled. This would in turn likely allow for not only pit bulls to be put to death but also for many other dogs to be killed, as well.
Twenty nine breeds of dogs have been legally labeled as dangerous in Italy. Yet statistics have shown that despite these laws there have not been less incidences of dog bites.
In addition, labeling these dogs as dangerous only serves to needlessly scare people into thinking that all pit bulls are terrible dogs when this is not the case. If owners raise their dogs with compassion, these animals often times grow up to be great pets.
For all of these reasons I urge you to vote no on classifying pit bulls or dogs that look like pit bulls as dangerous. Responsible dog owners should get to keep their pets no matter the breed and well behaved animals do not deserve to be unjustly punished.
[Your Name Here]
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