Target: Governor of Nevada, Brian Sandoval
Goal: Applaud the approval of a bill to ban breed specific legislation against dogs in the state of Nevada
Recently, Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval approved a bill that will help to eliminate dog breed discrimination. Assembly Bill 110, which will take effect in October of 2013, will “prevent any governing body from enacting any type of laws or regulations that declare a dog dangerous or vicious based solely on a dog’s breed.” Nevada will become the fourteenth state to officially ban legislation that discriminates against specific breeds.
Breed specific legislation has proven to be both costly and ineffective as a means to regulate potentially dangerous dogs. This type of legislation has most famously targeted pit bulls, often relying on sensationalized media reports of pit bull attacks. In fact, these attacks are extremely rare, and the American Veterinary Medical Association has asserted that “controlled studies have not identified this breed group as disproportionately dangerous.” Furthermore, the National Association of Dog Obedience Instructors has stated that, “it is almost always the behavior of the owners of these dogs which makes [pit bulls] a danger to others.” Nevertheless, pit bulls have been repeatedly targeted by breed specific legislation, meaning that they are often needlessly banned or unfairly euthanized simply because of their breed.
Nevada’s Assembly Bill 110 has garnered the support of Assemblyman James Ohrenschall who has expressed his hope that the new legislation will “benefit dogs, dog owners and animal lovers” and help to place a focus on the actions of individual dogs rather than entire breeds. The new bill will still allow for Nevada to uphold its current law that permits individual dogs to be euthanized if law enforcement officials prove a dog is “dangerous.”
Commend Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval for his efforts to eliminate dog breed discrimination and prevent the needless deaths of countless dogs based solely on their breed.
Dear Governor Brian Sandoval,
Breed specific legislation allows for entire breeds of dogs to be discriminated against and enables the deaths of countless dogs. This type of legislation is not only unfair but has also proven to be ineffective in controlling the number of dog attacks that occur each year. By approving Assembly Bill 110, you have helped to eradicate this type of unjust and useless legislation in the state of Nevada.
Studies have proven that dog attacks are nearly always isolated incidents, and the viciousness of one dog does not translate to its entire breed. The National Association of Dog Obedience Instructors has cited dog owners as the main cause for vicious dogs, asserting that violence is not inherent in any specific breed.
By signing this bill into law, you have taken a stand against unfair laws that punish an entire breed for the actions of a single, individual dog. This not only protects countless dogs, saving them from being needlessly euthanized, it also helps to promote increased awareness and education regarding dog breeds.
Thank you for approving Assembly Bill 110 and, therefore, working to ensure that all breeds of dogs are treated with fairness and equality.
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