We Need You Now!
UPDATE: CHAKO has filed a federal lawsuit against both the
State of California and the City and County of San Francisco
as a result of their implementation of breed specific
legislation. We need
donations to cover our legal expenses.
Our Referendum effort to overturn SB 861 did not get quite
enough signatures to qualify for the ballot (thanks, in part,
to the Holiday season and the horrible storms). We are now
moving forward with litigation and/or a proposition to fix SB 861. We need YOUR HELP now.
We need YOU to sign up as a volunteer to help collect
signatures for our PROPOSITION, when and if we introduce it.
We also need help from anyone with legal experience in moving
forward with litigation against cities implementing Breed
In order to move forward with our proposition, we need a
minimum of 2100 Volunteers in California to get out there and
Click Here to Volunteer!
Even if you absolutely can't help out by collecting
signatures, there's still ways you can help.
our CHAKO brochure for California and
distribute at shows, vet offices, dog events, and other places
SB 861 is the bill in CA that will allow breed discrimination.
The Governor signed this bill on October 7, 2005, and we have
filed a request for a referendum title and summary with the
State Attorney General. A referendum is a voter-sponsored
REJECTION, pursuant to the California State Constitution, of a
law enacted by the legislature.
Think SB 861 only targets Pit Bulls? Wrong. Pay Attention to
Illinois, which has an almost identical bill: Bill SB1790,
sponsored by Sen. Martin Sandoval, would label these breeds as
dangerous: "pit bull", Doberman Pinscher, Rottweiler, German
Shepherd dog, Siberian Husky, Alaskan Malamute, Chow Chow,
Great Dane, St. Bernard and Akita. All dogs of these breeds
will have to be spayed or neutered. There is no exemption for
conformation dogs. Owners are required to license their dogs
with the state and hold "canine liability insurance". The bill
passed the first reading, has now been re-referred to the
"Rules Committee" (3-1.)
SB 861 does not mention any
single breed but allows counties to target any breed they
choose for mandatory spay and neuter with NO exceptions for
show dogs, service dogs, or dogs with health problems that
would have their lives jeopardized by surgery. Show dogs
cannot be spayed or neutered, so SB 861 could result in both
the elimination of show dogs of certain breeds within various
counties or the total extinction, over time, of targeted
SB 861 also refers to dogs as "dangerous or vicious" and
could lead to a de facto ban on breeds by causing homeowners' insurance companies to cancel coverage
for any customer that owns a purebred or mixed dog that looks
like it might be one of the targeted breeds. These dogs
include Jack Russell Terriers, Lab mixes, Pit Bulls, Rottweilers, American Bulldogs, Bull Terriers, Doberman
Pinschers, and many other breeds.
- Did you know Italy started on the path to breed
discrimination and now has over 90 breeds restricted,
including Border Collies and Corgis?
- Did you know your homeowner's insurance (or your
landlord's) can be cancelled if you own the wrong breed of
dog -- even if it's a SERVICE dog and you have a note from
Just ask Ed of Sacramento, who owns a German Shepherd
service dog and got an unpleasant, early Christmas surprise
from his insurance company today, November. 22, 2005. SB 861
is making insurance companies even more wary of covering
dogs of certain breeds!
We need an army of volunteer to help us collect signatures
to introduce a proposition "fixing" SB 861.! If we get the
number of signatures required, we can submit this to the
voters of California and let the PEOPLE decide whether they
think blatant discrimination is right. All volunteers in CA should
Those of you who believe this bill is good because "those
Pit Bulls need to be eradicated," take note: SB 861 does not
mention any one breed but allows counties to target any breed
they choose to eradicate or restrict via no exception
spay/neuter. Breed Discrimination has expanded to include
breeds like Border Collies. There is language in SB 861 that
could cause insurance companies to blacklist breeds of dogs
that LOOK like they might be part Pit Bull or part Doberman or
part Rottweiler or part whatever breed a county happens to
target. This means that people with mixed dogs who cannot
prove the parentage of their dog may be forced to give up
Oh, and disabled persons with service dogs that look to be
of the wrong breed could find their ability to keep their
service dog jeopardized.
Breed discrimination punishes good dogs and good owners
while doing little to nothing to solve the problem of
dangerous dogs. See the photo to the right. That's Helen
Keller with her Pit Bull. The first dog on the photo column to
the right is Stubby, America's first and most decorated war
dog. There is no bad breed. There are bad owners who are
attracted to the large dogs, and any law that targets breeds
will simply cause those bad people to ignore the law (like
they already do) or turn their attention to another breed.
So any law must, to be effective, apply equally to all
breeds of dogs and hold all owners equally accountable for
their actions. Dont' believe it? Well, cities like Cincinnati,
Ohio have banned Pit Bulls, so they MUST HAVE solved their
dangerous dog problem, right?
Wrong, as six year-old D.J. Preston
Common pro SB 861 comments.
PHOTOS from the Field
Gonna Take BSL Video
McClintock's comments against SB 861
Is the press
biased when it comes to dog attacks?