Target: Alder John Strasser of District 14, Wisconsin
Goal: Encourage breeding monitoring and acceptance of pit bull breeds in Madison
Lawmakers in Madison, Wisconsin are attempting to change the way that citizens regard pit bulls and practice reckless breeding. New proposals, introduced in part by Alder John Strasser of District 14, will monitor in-city-limits breeding, stray dogs, and encourage acceptance of pit bulls. After lengthy discussion about all animal-based proposals, Strasser and animal-service departments agreed that the number one goal of the movement is the destigmatization of pit bull-type dogs. These Madison proposals will be beneficial for dogs, which will promote positive change for pets and owners within the community.
Breeding in residential neighborhoods will be prohibited under the proposed law, unless the breeding includes service animals or is promoted by a person who breeds for competition. Under the authority of the Dane County Animal Service, stray dogs that have bitten a person may be neutered or spayed. Any dogs that have been involved in illegal breeding operations would also be neutered or spayed under the proposed law. Discrimination of pit bulls is an issue within many aspects of the city, including a ban on pit bulls in many apartment complexes. If the proposals pass, discrimination of pit bulls would hopefully be phased out completely. Under the new law, pet owners who refuse to license their pets will be faced with a $125 fine with no prior warning. The proceeds of the licensing fine will help animal causes in the community.
Encouraging acceptance of pit bulls is extremely important in any community. The breed has an unfair stigma attached to it, which Madison is attempting to remove. Breeding is a problem all over the country, with too many people attempting to turn a profit while treating their dogs poorly. With this new law, dog populations in the city could stabilize, meaning fewer stray dogs and fewer pets in shelters. These proposals are expected to pass and be made into law within the next few months. Let Alder Strasser know that you support these proposals by signing this petition.
Dear Alder Strasser,
You are behind some very important legal changes in Madison. Your attempts to monitor in-city-limits breeding, as well as encourage acceptance of pit bull breeds, are noble and commendable. As you know, stray dogs are too prevalent in many cities. With a limit on who can breed and where, Madison’s stray population will likely greatly decrease. Pit bulls are unfairly stigmatized and often are not allowed to live in many apartment complexes. If this law passes, it is my hope that pit bulls and their owners will be allowed to live anywhere that accepts dogs.
Not only have you been pushing for these changes, you are going about them in very meaningful ways. You have involved the humane society, pet shelters, and the Dane County Animal Service, along with other organizations. All of these entities are capable of implementing these changes effectively and fairly, with the interest of animals at heart.
Thank you for backing these important proposals. Madison, like many cities around the country, could use regulations that work for the well-being of animals, rather than against it. I support your efforts and commend your movement.
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