City of Ventura, CA: Council moves forward with BS-MSN

The city of Ventura is putting together a breed-specific mandatory spay/neuter ordinance for “final approval” at an upcoming council meeting. This BS-MSN will target dogs that look like “pit bulls.”

Please encourage the city of Ventura to drop the breed-specific language in their proposal. Breed-specific MSN—like any other breed-specific law—discriminates against people and their dogs based on whether the owner or dog have a “desirable” or “undesirable” physical appearance. Breed identification is a subjective, non-scientific process, which results in unfair and unequal application of the law. Disputes over breed identification are also inevitable, and appeals and court cases fighting breed designations are expensive and resource-consuming.

StopBSL takes no position on mandatory spay/neuter as long as it is not breed-specific. Whether you support or oppose MSN, it doesn’t need to be breed-specific. If MSN is good for dogs that look like “pit bulls,” it is good for any dog. By removing the breed-specific focus, the city of Ventura can avoid the expense and inequality that goes with BSL.

City of Ventura Mayor and City Council
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Ventura moves to require spaying and neutering of pit bulls

By Arlene Martinez
Posted March 7, 2012 at 4:08 p.m.

Starting this year, pit bull owners in Ventura will have to get their dogs spayed or neutered by the time the animals are 4 months if the City Council gives an expected final approval to a measure. […]

The Ventura City Council voted Monday to direct staff to prepare the ordinance for final approval. The county hopes every city adopts the ordinance so it can begin enforcing it.

The shelter defines “pit bull” as a Staffordshire Bull Terrier, American Pit Bull Terrier or American Staffordshire Terrier. The ordinance exempts purebreds registered with the American Kennel Club, United Kennel Club or “other national registry” dogs that may be too sick or injured to be neutered. Dogs used in law enforcement also are exempt. […]

Full article retrieved 3/8/12 from http://www.vcstar.com/news/2012/mar/07/ventura-takes-lead-in-supporting-pit-bull/

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One response to “City of Ventura, CA: Council moves forward with BS-MSN

  1. To use ‘BREED SPECIFIC’ language in this proposed bill is just the most damning thing a government can do! A pit-bull or type are no more likely to attack than a chihauhau.You need to sort the scum out that use these bull breeds to do the unthinkable with them or is it that it is too close to home!!!!!! A dog does not naturally want to be aggressive,this is a very dangerous legislation to be brought in.Reminds me of going back to ‘;hitler’ and what he tried to do with the dews!!!!! The problem is not the’ BREED’ of dog its the scum you allow to get away with using these poor dogs for mans ‘self gain’…. It will never work, nor should it,why dont you people tackle the real problem,or is it that you are too afraid of the elements of humans who dogfight sell illegal drugs etc?????that is who you should be targeting not these poor breeds of dog!!!Why dont you listen to the professionals and the outcry of people!!!! work for the majority of people instead of with the minority !!!Which is what you are doing!!!!By doing this and not tackling the real problem ,which is right under your nose,you will make the scum take different breeds of dog and do the same thing!!!!!!!!!!! You need to get your heads out of the clouds on this issue…Do not persecute a breed because you are too lazy to deal with the real problem!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!