Do Not Ban Dogs From Downtown Area

Target: Lucy Vinis, Mayor of Eugene, Oregon

Goal: Do not ban dogs from Eugene’s downtown area.

Dogs cannot stay or walk anymore in the 12-block area of downtown Eugene, a mid-sized town in the state of Oregon. City authorities claim that the dog ban is intended to address public safety concerns. However, the legislation has been criticized for not only locking out inoffensive animals but also excluding homeless people and limiting citizens’ right to come and go. Eugene is another clear example of how urban space is getting increasingly commodified. It is necessary to state that veiled prejudice against people and animals should not be tolerated and that cities should be accessible to everyone.

Eugene is dominated by the activities of the University of Oregon and has flourished in the past years. There are intense efforts to revitalize the downtown area, with public and private money invested in businesses and facilities filled with students, shoppers, buskers, and regular citizens. With the rise of gentrification, a concern with public safety has followed and isolated incidents of criminal behavior and dog fights have been used to justify a shutdown of the perimeter to undesired human beings and animals. While police K-9 dogs, dogs kept in cars, service dogs, and dogs owned by people who live and work at a permanent address within the area are exempt from the ban, there are still many other animals that are unfairly subjected to it.

According to a study by the Seattle University School of Law, up to 25 percent of homeless people own a pet. To these people, a pet means protection, a family, a reason to live and get up every day, and even a path to sanity and sobriety. Since there is no foot traffic outside the downtown perimeter and, therefore, no other area to raise some pennies, homeless people in Eugene are faced with the choice of moving to another city or abandoning their pets. For those residents who own a dog but do not have a permanent downtown address, the ban means the limitation of their right to come and go. Sign the petition to have this ban immediately lifted and a city that welcomes everyone.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Ms. Vinis,

I urge you to immediately lift the ban against dogs in the downtown perimeter of Eugene. The recent legislation that prohibits unauthorized dogs from circulating in the 12-block core area of your town is nothing but a gentrification effort that pushes out homeless people and unfairly affects harmless animals. It is well-known that Eugene has gone through a revitalization process in the past years and I see the canine ban as a veiled way to exclude part of the population from enjoying the urban area.

I should also add that the prohibition disrespects the citizens’ right to come and go in peace. If you are concerned with alleged higher numbers of complaints to the police originating from the downtown area, I assure you that punishing vulnerable populations, constituents, and poor animals is not a way to fix it.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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15 Comments

  1. Omg, what next?! Pretty soon you’ll start charging a human toll to pass through this area. You must not be dog friendly to pose such a stupid rule on your community!! This does not set a good precedent for all!!!

    • like in the days of noah and sodom and through history ….pure filth and greedy and murders etc… is much worse in this end times days, prophecy is being full filled in this wicked , wickedness, satanic ungodly , violence and damnation generation the whole world is come fast to an end . people killing animals and people just wicked to the core , many antichrists and rise of the false whore babylon church/s sense 1500 yrs through out history till today’s times – liars , wicked to the core, mean, filth and promote their heretics ,sooth-sayers and full of abominations, pagan temples, buildings,etc. false gospels , false preachers, and pure adultery , murder, rape etc. going on in the false churches , and all of them are false man-made and want money and full of deception, apostasy and ungodliness people and brainwashed , itchy ear teachers and preachers lying to people. online, blogs, radio, tv to suit their own self-righteous religions and lifestyle living a big fat lie and religious around the world and all liars is in government,schools, gyms, work, businesses,etc. their false whore churches are just a business with 501c government owned and bought for . greedy and wicked preachers ,teachers telling people they can sin and disobey be of the world and wicked sinners and mock , scoff, slander walk after their own lusts and blasphemy god Jehovah and the real Jesus Christ and just go on their own ways and live as they please and do not care nor does the world fear judgement to come, so the 9999.9999% or more wicked sinners just destroy, kill, violence, hate , murder, illegal drugs etc, including the wicked cops,military nuts , wicked judges, wicked lawyers , etc. that runs and owns the devils world and of course they get away free of their crimes, criminal acts . even if their high on cocaine , their is no justice in the satanic wicked world nor the land , the justice system is pure corrupted, corruption and no good for nothing they are dope heads themselves, greedy and love money, power, and wealth and wicked sinners themselves , so none of them can help they are not righteous people .

      • I agree in full! You really summed the whole wicked world up very well! I feel exactly the same – like in the days of Noah -all this wickedness will be over very soon!
        Come Lord Jesus Come!!!Come save the very few holding on to You!Let Your Name be praised forever more!

  2. Rhona LaBruzzo says:

    Wow. What a cheap, low way of getting rid of the homeless. Are you really still scared of dogs? Grow up. It’s a world, not YOUR world. Share you greedy bums.

  3. This is just so cruel. The typical government excuse of “public safety concerns” is so old and transparent and nobody believes it anymore. A thin disguise for blatant discrimination against the homeless and dogs.
    This ban must be revoked.

  4. I CAN SEE THAT THE WHOLE WORLD 9999.99999% OR MORE PEOPLE ARE FOLLOWING AFTER THE BEAST AND LYING IN WICKEDNESS AND UNGODLINESS AND MANY ANTICHRISTS – THE WORLD AND FALSE WHORE CHURCHES OF THE WORLD AND APOSTASY WICKED TO THE CORE , AND END TIMES ARE BEING FULL FILLED IF YOU CAN NOT SEE NOR HEAR YOU ARE BLIND AND SPIRITUAL DEAD TO GOD JEHOVAH, DEAD TO THE SPIRIT AND DEAD TO THE REAL JESUS CHRIST AND HIS TRUE TEACHINGS AND SOUND DOCTRINE GOSPEL TRUTH TO COME OUT BEFORE THE WRATH OF GOD DESTROYS THEM – THE WORLD AND WICKED SINNERS WITH FIRE ! PEOPLE AGAINST PEOPLE AND BROTHER AGAINST BROTHER AND PEOPLE KILLING EACH OTHER A LOT AND VIOLENCE , CRIME AND DISOBEDIENCE ,NO JUSTICE IN THE WORLD ALL CORRUPTED AND PEOPLE KILLING ANIMALS A LOT AND DO NOT CARE , PEOPLE MOST DO NOT HAVE LOVE NOR TRUTH NOR MORALS OF RIGHT VS WRONG AND THAT IS IS A FACT -PURE FILTH UNGODLINESS RULES THE WORLD AND PEOPLE LOVE IT SO.

  5. Gen Lovyet Agustsson says:

    i was afraid that the dog was gonna bite my legs

  6. END THE BAN ON THE ANIMALS NOW.

  7. I am so tired of getting barked at, snarled at, jumped on, drooled on, I wish they would ban dogs from the face of the earth. this is why cats are becoming a more popular pet.

  8. Jane Ciarlone says:

    This coming from a state that has questionable guidelines for what people can do with the rain water they collect. Sounds like Oregon is getting very fascist.

  9. So sorry Sam lost is Soul and is now Satan!

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