Target: Arkansas Mayor Frances Hime
Goal: Commend Arkansas City Council for voting against a proposed dog breed ban.
These days, the world is full of negative stereotypes and biases aimed at certain breeds of dogs. Although they are not the only breed under the spotlight, pit bulls are certainly the most popular breed that people lately love to hate. Thanks mostly to irresponsible owners and to a generally misinformed public, pit bull breed bans are becoming more and more common. More often, stories are surfacing of innocent dogs that are being taken from their families, and in some instances killed, based only upon their looks. In a time when breed bans and stereotypes are the norm, it’s important to recognize people who go against the grain and work toward achieving acceptance and tolerance.
Recently, after a raise in the number of bite incidents, the town of West Fork, Arkansas proposed a breed ban. Despite the fact that not all of the bites were inflicted by pit bulls, the proposed ban focused on this commonly-accused breed. Often times members of the public classify any type of dog having a certain look as a pit bull, whether or not that is really the dog’s breed.
Arkansas Mayor Frances Hime and West Fork city council, however, voted against the ban. Hime has gone on record before, stating that in her opinion dogs are not to blame for bite incidents, but rather irresponsible owners are. Hime has also stated that she has owned a pit bull in the past, and that the animal was ‘sweet and loving.’ Many pit bull owners will surely agree with her; when raised right members of the breed are known for being clownish, affectionate, and friendly.
Mayor Hime and the West Fork City Council have stated that rather than ban breeds, they will address the issue of irresponsible dog owners. The town is going to consider instituting harsher punishments for irresponsible dog owners, irregardless of the breed of the dogs involved. This decision is an attempt to end or at least decrease breed discrimination in the area. It’s a decision that other cities and towns will hopefully take note of.
By signing this petition, you are commending Mayor Frances Hime and the West Fork City Council for voting against dog breed discrimination and searching for other ways to help end irresponsible dog ownership. These proposed new methods of dealing with dog bite incidents will help not only the often times negatively stereotyped pit bull, but will attempt to improve the lives of all dogs who have the misfortune of being owned by irresponsible humans.
Dear Mayor Frances Hime,
The world is full of negative stereotypes and biases aimed at certain breeds of dogs. In a time when breed bans and stereotypes are the norm, it’s important to recognize people who go against the grain and work towards achieving acceptance and tolerance.
Thank you, and your city council, for voting against the recently proposed West Fork breed ban. Hopefully other cities and towns take note of your decision to practice tolerance and end discrimination. By instituting harsher punishments for irresponsible dog owners, irregardless to what breed of dogs they own, you will not only help the often negatively-stereotyped pit bull, but will also improve the lives of all dogs in your town that have the misfortune of being owned by irresponsible humans. Thank you.
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