End Discrimination Against Homeowners with Pit Bulls

Target: National Association of Insurance Commissioners

Goal: To reverse breed-specific rules against homeowners with pit bulls.

Pit bulls can bite. It’s true. However, so can any other type of dog, and in the end, no individual dog may ever have the urge to sink its teeth anywhere other than the food bowl. Rules against pit bulls vary by state, as pit bulls have the unfortunate circumstance of being considered the most aggressive type of dog.  This undeserved reputation has lead many insurance companies to deny homeowners coverage, forcing families to get rid of their beloved pets.  The misrepresentation of pit bulls must be stopped.  The National Association of Insurance Commissioners must urge state-wide insurance companies to end breed-specific regulation.

A pit bull can be several types of dogs, including the American Staffordshire terrier, Staffordshire Bull terrier, or any other dog that has physical characteristics of those breeds, including the modern American Bulldog. Do not think that the dogs are safe just because the pit bull breed cannot be defined. While many state legislatures discriminate against many dog breeds, dogs with pit bull characteristics remains at the top of the list. It is a faulty system that continues to spread across the country.  Even when a statewide breed-specific legislation has not been passed, many insurance companies within that state still discriminate against the dogs with nothing more than public perception as the swaying point.

Widely considered the dog with the most distorted image on the planet, with myths of the physiological ‘locking mechanism’ of its jaw, pit bulls remain victims of misinformation and face slaughter in shelters. They are killed, banned, and hated not based on their individual conduct, but by the fact that they exist at all. Families allowed to keep pit bulls in their home know of pit bulls’ good nature with the utmost dedication to pleasing their owners. According the the United Kennel Club, it is uncharacteristic of non-abused pit bulls to display aggressive behavior toward humans.  In fact, at one time, the pit bull was the most popular pet in America because of its good reputation. It was not until dog abusers learned of the type’s strength that pit bulls were used for disgusting sports such as dog fighting, thus creating the stigma pinned against pit bull aggression.

Insurance companies must be forced to make no distinction between dogs and instead only require more information about any dog’s history, temperament, and condition if concern is raised. The plight of the pit bull and the abuse and discrimination of these naturally affectionate canines needs to come to a permanent end. Homeowners should be allowed to keep their pit bulls in order to keep the dogs away from animal abusers, shelters, or worse.  Tell the National Association of Insurance Commissioners to push states to end breed-specific rules.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear National Association of Insurance Commissioners,

Rules against pit bulls vary by state, as pit bulls have the unfortunate circumstance of being considered the most aggressive type of dog.  This undeserved reputation has lead many insurance companies to deny homeowners coverage, forcing families to get rid of their beloved pets.

This faulty system and misrepresentation of pit bulls must be stopped.  Even when a statewide breed-specific legislation has not been passed, many insurance companies may still discriminate against the dogs. As your main concern is to push insurance regulatory matters over to states, please push for a regulation to end breed-specific rules while insuring homeowners with pit bulls as pets.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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  1. Teckla Lane says:

    ALL DOGS CAN BITE…WHO WILL YOU CONDEMN NEXT? This discrimination against Pit Bulls is ABSURD! ANY dog can be dangerous. ANY dog (including pit bulls) raised with love, care, & patient training will be obedient & dedicated to their family, & your forever friend. ANY dog raised with contempt, “taught” to be aggressive, given only enough attention to feed it, then leave it to it’s bored life, tied out or caged where it gets no affection, will become detached from people, distrusting, & aggressive…in fear of not knowing what will become of them. Just how do you think YOU’D feel if you were put in a cage or tied up, only see a person when they bring you food, then leave without so much as a good word? ALL YOUR LIFE! HOW VERY SAD THESE POOR CREATURES HAVE TO SUFFER MANS DISCRIMINATION. My heart weeps for all breeds PUT IN THIS POSITION.

  2. Katie Abascal says:

    The best family dog I’ve ever owned was a pit bull named Patches. Never once did she bite. These poor dogs need to be given a better name.

  3. PIT BULLS ARE THE MOST LOVING DOGS! They only are mean when people train them that way!!!!!!!!

  4. Hello
    I am not sure who can help me. I have an 11 month old well trained blue nose pitbull puppy. I recently purchased a condo in Orange County. In a matter of a few weeks living in my community and certain neighbors seeing my dog, I’ve seen extremely bizarre behavior from the neighbors. I thought nothing of it in the beginning, but now I have been contacted by my HOA about complaints of non-compliance reported. All the reports were false. Anonymous reports were submitted about my dog wandering around the community without a leash. Which is impossible because I am at work from 7:30am – 5:30pm. Also, there was a complaint that he was caught swimming in the community pool. Which is completely false and lately repeatedly accused of failure to pick up after him, again false. People have been lying in order for me to get rid of my dog and these complaints are even being submitted when I am out of town, my dog with me and it’s obvious that there is no way that I could of committed these allegations. I have advised the HOA numerous times that these were false but complaints keep coming in; and they keep accusing me as well. When I walk with my dog people basically run inside their homes and/or pick up their pet in utter fear. My dog doesn’t even bark and I feel lost as I have been consistently harassed for over a month now. I also feel horrible for my poor dog and feel so sad that I basically have to hide him from everyone and can’t even live a normal life. I don’t know what to do or who to go to as far as pitbull support from people that are fearful and hateful for no reason. I am so distort that my puppy and I are being discriminated against. Please help.

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