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.
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.
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