On October 7, 2005 Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
signed into law SB 861, a law that allows local governments to pass laws
mandating forced spaying and neutering of all dogs in a specified breed
and that will allow moratoriums on the breeding of designated breeds.
No Kill Now does not oppose forced spaying and
neutering of ALL breeds. Nor do we oppose breeding moratoriums of ALL
breeds. But such severe actions should be taken for the RIGHT reason:
there is an overpopulation crisis and mass killings are taking place
every day in our public shelters. Restrictions are appropriate to
PROTECT these animals. However, designating every dog born in a specific
breed as dangerous, regardless of their good conduct, is illogical and
These laws are aimed for the most part at the Pit Bull, perhaps the most misunderstood breed on earth. Revered in the early part of the century as one of the best family dogs of all, today they are the victim of dog fighters and drug lords and those that will beat them and hang chains on their necks to make them 'tough' to enhance the status of their dubious 'owners.'
The promoters of SB861, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom and Senator Jackie Speier did NOTHING to address dog fighting or stop the torturing or mistreating of these dogs or prohibit owners from allowing such dogs to run loose. They are only promoting the end of the Pit Bull.
66 of the 200 dog bite fatalities between 1979 and 1998 were caused by Pit Bulls. However, in view of their huge population in the tens of millions, and the extraordinary abuse and abandonment they suffer compared to other breeds, the figure is surprisingly small. Regulation to protect this beleaguered breed instead of promoting their genocide, would be a more compassionate response.
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