Please help by signing this petition to stop the ban of "pitbulls" from Lancaster city limits. In Lancaster , Ca
Please also send your plea to Lancaster City Mayor R. Rex Parris.

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example letter (feel free to copy and paste to email to parris)
Dear Mayor Parris:

I am writing to you about the recently proposed ordinance that would ban pit bulls from the city of Lancaster. Passage of this ordinance will not address the root cause of the problem, and it will have a negative impact on responsible, law abiding dog owners, while those who do not abide by the law will simply continue to do so. I am strongly opposed to this ordinance, and I ask that you vote against it for the following reasons:

*breed specific laws cost a lot of money - additional animal control, shelters fees, vetting, litigation, etc. The bottom line is simple... BSL costs tax payers A LOT of money!

*Another important flaw with breed specific laws is breed identification. There are a minimum of twenty (20) dog breeds that possess the physical traits of 'pit bull.'

*Most animal control and/or law enforcement officers are not able to identify specific breeds of dogs with any degree of accuracy because the commonly stated physical characteristics are similar in many breeds. Breed bans carry with them too much potential for arbitrary or improper enforcement: inaccurate breed identification by officials and difficulty enforcing breed bans against mixed-breed. Because breed identification by animal control officers is subjective and/or arbitrary, it opens the city to liability and litigation issues in the event of mistaken identification.

*Perhaps the most compelling argument with respect to why breed specific legislation fails is that it simply does not address the issue of irresponsible dog ownership. BSL places all the blame on the dogs and removes the responsibility from the dog owner. Dog ownership is a responsibility, and dog owners must be held accountable for the actions of their dogs. Restricting breeds of dogs does not address the real issue of irresponsible owners. Only when such owners are held accountable for the actions of their dogs, will adverse dog incidents be reduced. Because breed specific legislation fails to address irresponsible dog owners, many areas that have enacted breed regulations have actually experienced an increase in dog bite/attack incidents of the dog breeds NOT covered by the breed specific law. Only when you see more owners committed to providing the proper training, care, socialization and supervision for their dogs will dog bite incidents be reduced significantly. Owners should be held accountable in the judicial system for the actions of their dogs, not the other way around. Only then will you see owners committed to providing the proper training, care socialization and supervision that every dog requires - regardless of breed.

An effective solution is not to make more laws that punish responsible owners and entire breeds, but to enforce existing leash laws and enact generic dangerous dog laws that are not breed specific and punish the irresponsible owners.

I trust that you will take into consideration the position of many well known, major organizations such as the American Kennel Club, the American Veterinary Medical Association, the National Animal Control Association, and the National Canine Research Council who do not support legislation that targets any specific breed of dog.

A much better alternative to breed-specific legislation is to support reasonable, enforceable, non-discriminatory laws to govern the ownership of dogs and to hold irresponsible dog owners to a higher accountability.
I ask that you oppose this proposal because any such law that is specific to breed does not address the real problem, which is that of irresponsible dog owners.


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