Miami Breed Specific Legislation Irony

 

 

Stop BSL/BDL

At Fun Paw Care we tend to hear some pretty off-the-wall, contradictory and uneducated dog training, behavior and breed advice but breed specific legislation (BSL) is high up on the totem pole. How ignorant and ironic is it that Miami-Dade commissioners defer to the better judgment of the UKC and the AKC when defining a “Pit Bull” type and the characteristics/aesthetics to define one, yet Miami-Dade commissioners in all of their stupidity brilliance do not take the very same organization’s (and dozens of others around the world) advice that BSL/BDL does not work, but rather is discriminatory and dysfunctional? Even the White House denounces the archaic and discriminatory laws. The BSL argument has more holes in it than Swiss cheese in a room full of mice! Let’s take a peek:

Sec. 5-17.1. – Definition and identification of a pit bull dog.

(a) The term “pit bull dog” as used within this article shall refer to any dog which exhibits those distinguishing characteristics which:

(1) Substantially conform to the standards established by the American Kennel Club for American Staffordshire Terriers or Staffordshire Bull Terriers; or

PART III – CODE OF ORDINANCES

Chapter 5 – ANIMALS AND FOWL

Miami – Dade County, Florida, Code of Ordinances

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(2) Substantially conform to the standards established by the United Kennel Club for American Pit Bull Terriers.

(b) The Standards of the American Kennel Club and the United Kennel Club referred to in subsection (a) above, are attached hereto and incorporated herein by reference as “Exhibit A” and shall remain on file with the Animal Services Division of the Public Works Department of Miami-Dade County.

(c) Technical deficiencies in the dogs’ conformance to the standards described in subsection (b) shall not be construed to indicate that the subject dog is not a “pit bull dog” under this article.

(d) Testimony by a veterinarian, zoologist, animal behaviorist, or animal control officer that a particular dog exhibits distinguishing physical characteristics of a pit bull shall establish a rebuttable presumption that the dog is a pit bull.

(Ord. No. 89-22, § 3, 4-4-89) (2) Substantially conform to the standards established by the United Kennel Club for American Pit Bull Terriers.

(b) The Standards of the American Kennel Club and the United Kennel Club referred to in subsection (a) above, are attached hereto and incorporated herein by reference as “Exhibit A” and shall remain on file with the Animal Services Division of the Public Works Department of Miami-Dade County.

HUH?!  Ok, back up for a second to letter “D” above.  Which of the following does not fit in here? Did you see the oddball out (hint, it was italicized).  Let’s go over some of the basic criterion for entry into the following professions.

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine – The requirements, intelligence, expertise, schooling and experience to become a veterinarian are substantial http://vbs.psu.edu/majors/vbs/steps-to-becoming-a-veterinarian

Zoologist – The requirements, intelligence, expertise, schooling and experience to become a zoologist are substantial http://www.zoology.msu.edu/graduate-studies/requirements/phd-requirements.html

Animal Behaviorist  – (misused here and probably meaning “certified applied” animal behaviorist ) The requirements, intelligence, expertise, advanced schooling and experience to become a certified applied animal behaviorist or veterinary animal behaviorist are substantial.  http://www.animalbehavior.org/ABS/Guides/Careers.pdf

The term behaviorist is not attached to any specific qualification or level of schooling unless preceded by or “certified applied animal” or “veterinary”.

OK, here is the funny sad part.

Animal Control Officer – The requirements are a GED or high school diploma!  That’s all folks, no typos here!

Need I say more? This is a mockery of our judicial and legal system and a tragedy of justice to allow a potentially ignorant, uneducated person with such a lack of credentials and experience to make a decision that will decide the fate of our family pets!  It is simply unbelievably asinine.

If that wasn’t enough, also printed under item “D” above is the discrimination of “Pit Bulls” based off distinguishing characteristics, which was proven by world renowned veterinarians and ethologists to have no basis or accuracy for determining a breed whatsoever. In fact, just the opposite was proven; trained professionals (world renowned doctors and scientist in the fields of canine ethology, psychology, cognitive ethology, dog training, evolution, physiology, neurobiology, sociology, learning theory and animal husbandry) could not determine the breed of a dog from the same litter about 70% of the time! Yet we are killing innocent dogs based on aesthetics alone from the testimonials of “professional” observations from animal control officers who are not required to have any specific education, expertise or proficiency in the aforementioned ?!

Who in their right mind bestowed this power to an uneducated, unaccredited, bureaucratic division of our bloated, overpaid, “entitled” government to be the decision makers regarding the lives of our family pets?! This is utterly sociopathic, unbelievable and an irresponsible abuse of powers.

Love Me Don't Kill Me

Love Me Don’t Kill Me

This blasphemous killing of our pets and breed specific legislation and discrimination must stop. Our unctuous, dullard politicians must take a stance and do what is right and just, not do what may save their jobs for selfish agendas while beguiling the public.  It was once considered “normal” to discriminate against people of color, religion and to allow smoking on airplanes. We all realize how utterly atrocious, immoral and disgusting humans can be when lemmings follow the heard and don’t think for themselves.  If our demagogue politicians won’t stick up for what is right it is time to throw them away as they have been throwing away our pets’ innocent lives since 1989 in Miami!

Let us examine another totally fabricated and outrageous claim in the Miami Dade ordinance code.

Sec. 5-17.2. – Confinement of pit bull dogs.

(a)    Because of the pit bull dog’s inbred propensity to attack other animals, and because of the danger posed to humans and animals alike by a pit bull dog when running loose or while running together in a pack, pit bull dogs must at all times be securely confined indoors, or confined in a securely and totally enclosed and locked pen, with either a top or with all four (4) sides at least six (6) feet high, and with a conspicuous sign displaying the words “Dangerous Dog.”

Close your ears kids, I have never heard of such bull!@#$ before in my life. “Inbred propensity”? What reputable source did they dig this information up from, the Jerry Springer show or the National Enquirer magazine? Where do these uneducated, false statements come from? This is a tragedy and a mockery of our politicians and community. Humans attack and kill more animals (to the tune of 120 BILLION a year, that is correct, Billion!) then a “Pit Bull” or any dog ever will and we are not even carnivores! Maybe it is time for us all to look in the mirror.

People are evil, dogs are not

People are evil, dogs are not

In all of its shocking brilliance, the code goes on to state,

(c) An exception to these confinement requirements is hereby provided for any pit bull dog in attendance at, and participating in, any lawful dog show, contest or exhibition sponsored by a dog club, association, society or similar organization.

So if I am to understand this correctly, “Pit Bulls” are dangerous dogs that will bite and kill any human and animal that comes in their way but if a dog show, contest or exhibition wants to exploit a “Pit Bull” that is O.K. and the county will make an exception for that? Simply laughable.

The craziness doesn’t stop there, the profligacy continues,

(d) An exception to these confinement requirements is hereby provided for any pit bull dog when the dog is actually engaged in the sport of hunting in an authorized area and supervised by a competent person.

Again, when a human is exploiting a “Pit Bull” to hunt or in a sport, Miami Dade County makes an exemption to their stupid, outdated regulation, just brilliant.

Lastly this little gem,

Sec. 5-17.3. – Evidence of financial responsibility required to be maintained by owners of pit bull dogs.

In order to protect the public and to afford relief from the severe harm and injury which is likely to result from a pit bull dog attack, every owner of a pit bull dog shall maintain and be able to provide evidence of the owner’s financial ability to respond in damages up to and including the amount of fifty thousand dollars ($50,000.00) for bodily injury to or death of any person or damage to property which may result from the ownership, keeping or maintenance of such dog….”

Oh, this makes sense (heavy sarcasm). Miami residents do not need any motorcycle insurance or that  much car insurance (both for cars and motorcycles that kill more people each year then all dog bites in the Country, from all dog breeds, combined!  But one needs $50,000 insurance to own a “Pit Bull”?!

If this little analysis doesn’t leave you embarrassed, ashamed and appalled, I don’t know what will.  I know I am.  This is a pyrrhic victory as we all lose in the end for taking innocent lives.

Stop BSL/BDL today!

Stop BSL/BDL today!

 

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