Texas: Statewide petition against BSL

Crossposted from Love-A-Bull:

TEXANS, we need to strike back forcefully against the BSL movements that are occurring in our state. Please participate in our formal petition. This will not only serve notice to our legislators—this will help us unite a group against future attempts to pass BSL in Texas!

There are a lot of opportunities in October to pass around this petition. Please take it to your local National Pit Bull Awareness Day celebration, your fall festivals, Barktober fests, and so on!

The pro-BSL folks have over 600 signatures on their petition. Can we put them to shame? I sure hope so, but we can’t do it without you!

If any links in this email do not work, you can find it online here: http://love-a-bull.org/2009/10/petition-against-breed-discriminatory-legislation-in-texas/

If you have any questions, please feel free to email: jen@love-a-bull.org

Petition Against Breed-Discriminatory Legislation in Texas

Texas state law currently prohibits discrimination against individuals based on their dog’s breed or appearance (also known as breed-specific legislation, or BSL).

However, recently, Texas has seen an upswing in cries for breed-specific legislation, including an anti-pit bull rally in Tyler and a petition in Rusk County / Jacksonville calling for statewide discrimination against “pit bull” owners that has garnered hundreds of signatures. The last Texas legislative session also saw an attempt to get legislation passed against “pit bull” owners.

We need your help to stop this discrimination before it starts!

Love-A-Bull is starting a petition which directs our state lawmakers to:

  • Keep intact the current state law that prohibits breed-discriminatory legislation
  • Refuse to propose or support legislation which would discriminate against people based on a dog’s breed or physical appearance

Please help us gather signatures for the petition, which will be presented to Texas state legislators in January 2010, and again at the start of the 2011 Legislative Session.

Download the petition text and signature page now! (2 PDF Docs)
OR
Download the petition text (Word Doc) and signature page (Excel) now!

Instructions:

  1. Download and print out ONE (1) copy of the petition text.
  2. Download and print out as many of the signature pages as you want.
  3. Gather signatures from people who are eligible to vote in Texas. (They do not have to be registered voters.)
  4. Make a copy of the signature pages for your records if you wish.
  5. Send the original signature pages to Love-A-Bull by Jan. 15, 2010.
    Mail to: P.O. Box 18792, Austin, TX 78760

The text of the petition is as follows:

 

A Petition Directing the Members of the Texas Legislature to Oppose Discriminatory Legislation Against Dog Owners Based on a Dog’s Breed, Type, or Appearance

To be presented to the members of the Texas House and Senate on January 31, 2010 and at the start of the 2011 Legislative Session

Whereas we recognize that each and every dog is an individual in temperament and behavior, and physical appearance does not determine behavior;

Whereas all dogs have the potential to do serious or lethal harm, and this is not dictated solely by a dog’s physical appearance but by a number of complex circumstances;

Whereas dog owners should be held strictly liable for the actions of their dogs regardless of the dog’s physical appearance, so that both dog owners and victims of irresponsible dog owners are provided equal rights and restitutions;

Whereas breed-specific or breed-discriminatory legislation is unethical and inhumane, and has been shown to be financially unsupportable, a detriment to public safety, and a legal quagmire;

Whereas non-breed-specific or non-discriminatory laws provide public safety in an effective, humane, legal, equitable, and moral way;

The undersigned citizens of Texas do hereby direct the members of the state legislature to do the following:

  1. Keep intact Texas Health and Safety Code 822.047, which prohibits municipalities from declaring dogs dangerous based solely on breed.
  2. Refuse to vote for or support any discriminatory legislation against dog owners, including but not limited to breed bans, restrictions on particular types of dogs, or unequal ownership requirements that are based on a dog’s physical appearance.

2 responses to “Texas: Statewide petition against BSL

  1. I don’t know how else to get my name on the petition but i own a rottweiler and if they pass a bill to ban pitbulls it wont be long till they say no to rotties. So if you may you have my permission to put my name on the petition slip. Please. Thank You.

    • Alexandria,

      To preserve the legitimacy of the petition, the signatures have to be original pen-and-ink, signed by you personally. People who are eligible to vote in Texas may sign. You can print out one of the signature pages at the link provided above, sign it, and mail it in. You don’t have to fill out all 20 signature slots on the page; we can fill them in here with additional signatures at our events. Thanks!