Memphis, TN reminder: City council to consider breed-specific MSN, Feb 9

Edit 2/11/10: This discussion has been delayed until mid-March. Councilmember Flinn is apparently reworking the ordinance with the assistance of animal welfare groups.

Edit 2/9: This will be considered by the Public Services and Neighborhoods Committee. They meet at 11 am in the City Council Conference Room, City Hall, 5th Floor.

Committee Meeting Schedule
http://www.cityofmemphis.org/pdf_forms/schedule_012610.pdf

Memphis City Council is considering an ordinance that would require the mandatory spay/neuter of all “pit bulls” during their city council meeting on Feb. 9, at City Hall, 125 North Main Street.

It is important to remember that breed-specific mandatory spay/neuter (MSN) is breed-specific legislation. Breed-specific MSN is fraught with all of the problems associated with breed-specific laws–including unequal treatment of dog owners, subjective identification of dog breed based on appearance alone, and no evidence that such laws improve public safety.

Additionally, mandatory spay/neuter is not supported by No-Kill advocates, as it has not been shown to reduce shelter populations. MSN is a financial hardship on many people. Low-cost voluntary spay/neuter is a much more effective alternative.

Previous alert for Memphis (with contact info for city officials): http://stopbsl.com/2010/01/24/memphis-tn-reminder-public-meeting-to-discuss-breed-specific-mandatory-spayneuter-jan-26/

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