Miami-Dade County, FL: Breed ban will go to public vote, Aug 14

Update 7/12/12: Please note, Miami-Dade residents must be registered to vote by July 16 in order to vote on this ballot. More information: http://stopbsl.org/2012/07/12/miami-dade-county-fl-reminder-to-repeal-breed-ban-residents-must-register-to-vote-by-july-16/
(Thank you, Patrick Miracle, for prompting this reminder!)


Miami-Dade County will put its longstanding breed ban to a public vote on August 14.

The ballot question, which is terribly confusing to read, and contains bias (as expected), will be: “Shall the ordinance repealing the county’s 23 year old law prohibiting the ownership of pit bulls as a dangerous breed of dogs become effective?”

(Hint: Vote YES.)

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Miami-Dade pit-bull ban to go to voters in August

County commissioners placed Miami-Dade’s 23-year-old pit-bull ban on the August ballot, giving voters a say on the prohibition for the first time.

BY PATRICIA MAZZEI AND CHARLES RABIN
PMAZZEI@MIAMIHERALD.COM

Miami-Dade voters will get a say for the first time on the county’s ban on pit bulls, after county commissioners agreed on Tuesday to put the 23-year-old prohibition on the August ballot.

Commissioners approved the referendum on an 11-1 vote, with Commissioner Barbara Jordan voting against. […]

The question on the August 14 ballot will ask voters, “Shall the ordinance repealing the county’s 23 year old law prohibiting the ownership of pit bulls as a dangerous breed of dogs become effective?”

Pit-bull enthusiasts, who had preferred that the Legislature take action because it will likely be more difficult to repeal the ban by referendum, have objected to including the phrase “dangerous breed of dogs” in the ballot language. […]

Full article retrieved 5/2/12 from http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/05/01/2776226/miami-dade-commission-to-discuss.html

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10 responses to “Miami-Dade County, FL: Breed ban will go to public vote, Aug 14

  1. The Miami Coalition Against Breed Specific Legislation – MCABSL is leading the grassroots campaign to overturn the 23 year old ban on APBT, AST, Staffs and all “pit bull type” mixed dogs in Miami Dade. Please visit our website at http://www.mcabsl.wildapricot.org/ or FB Page at MCABSL and help in any way you can. We have over 1500 member volunteers but we desperately need funds for the campaign. The vote is on August 14th. Please help..Thanks

  2. Kathryn Fenton

    BSL is BS! Punish the deed and not the breed. Stricter punishment for irresponsible owners is the answer. Please don’t be Belfast!

  3. Laurie Merrell

    It’s a little confusing to understand and read. Couldn’t it be written in plainer English just for clarity?

    • The ballot question was written by the Miami-Dade County commissioners, who do not want the breed ban repealed. Therefore, they have made the ballot question intentionally confusing.

  4. Ditto Kathryn F!!!!! This is BS no matter how you slice it!

  5. Can Broward County voters vote?

    • Broward County residents, to my knowledge, cannot vote in Miami-Dade County elections. Only Miami-Dade county residents who are registered to vote in Miami-Dade County can vote in Miami-Dade County elections.

  6. andrea poole

    im not in miami but how can i help to stop this it is only a matter of time before it is in tn. i am more affraid of a aggressive chiwawa then i am of a pitt.

  7. So IF WE WANT TO KEEP OUR PITTS OR LOOK ALIKE DOGS IN MIAMI-DADE County SHOULD WE CIRCLE { } YES (500) or { } NO (501)?
    I think I want to color in the YES to repeal aka eliminate the ordinance. I hope I don’t make a mistake. If repeal is similar to kill then I vote to KILL (get rid of) the ordinance that currently outlaws Pitt Bull looking dog

    • Yes. Vote YES if you want to repeal (get rid of) the breed ban, and allow “pit bulls” back into Miami-Dade County.