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The Boston Mayoral candidates on breed discrimination

Officials from the city of Boston have been fighting the state to reverse the prohibition on breed discriminatory legislation that was passed on the state level last year.

Councilman Rob Consalvo was one of the people pushing Senate Bill 969, along with Mayor Menino.  Councilman Consalvo decided to run for Mayor this year and was endorsed by Mayor Menino.  There were concerns in the animal welfare community that, should Consalvo win, he would continue to try to bring back Boston’s breed discriminatory law.  It is no secret that Mayor Menino had sworn to pursue the issue as long as it took to reinstitute the defunct breed based law, and the Consalvo was supportive of that.

For the Boston Mayoral primary the top two candidates advance to the election. Out of 12 candidates, Consalvo squeezed 8% of the votes in the primary, putting him in the bottom of the list of candidates.

The two men who will be running for Mayor of Boston are against breed discriminatory legislation.

The two candidates who won the primary positions were sent a questionnaire by Massachusetts Voters for Animals.  Below are the answers from each candidate to the question “Do you oppose breed-specific ordinances?”

Candidate Martin Walsh on the subject of breed discriminatory laws: “As a state representative I voted for the prohibition on breed specific dangerous dog laws in question.  I do not think that dog safety legislation should be based on breed, and several members of my team own rescue pit bulls.  My tenant also has a very friendly Rottweiler.”  The complete questionnaire can be read here.

Candidate John Connolly’s position on breed discrimination:  “I don’t support breed specific ordinances. First, it is an ineffective approach to preventing dangerous dog behavior such as dog bites. Breed discriminatory legislation is difficult to enforce because owners are unlikely to comply with regulations and there are problems with identification, often requiring officers to speculate on a dog’s breed based on physical characteristics. Additionally, such ordinances ignore dogs of other breeds that may be dangerous, including dogs whose owners may have trained them to be vicious. We need to find humane ways to ensure dog safety, including public awareness campaigns.”  The complete questionnaire can be read here.

Informed voters are powerful voters.

Miami-Dade County, FL reminder: To repeal breed ban, residents must register to vote by July 16

The Miami-Dade County, FL, breed ban will go to a public vote on August 14, 2012. Registered voters in Miami-Dade County will be able to vote whether to keep or repeal the county’s longstanding “pit bull” ban.

If you are a resident of Miami-Dade, please make sure you are registered to vote in Miami-Dade by July 16. If you’re not a registered voter, you won’t be able to vote in August.

How do I register to vote?

All alerts for Miami-Dade County: https://stopbsl.org/?s=miami

Texas: Candidate positions on BSL

Elections are coming up. Do you know how your candidates feel about breed-specific legislation?

In Texas, current state law prohibits breed-specific dangerous dog legislation. The next legislative session will likely see an attempt to change the law to allow BSL.

Do you know how your legislative candidate (representative or senator) would vote on a breed-specific law?

You can view the candidate responses here: https://spreadsheets.google.com/pub?key=0AhApKv_NwWN9dE1DN3QxSHNYWGNMdEJ5c0N5V0x0ZEE&hl=en&single=true&gid=0&output=html

If your candidate(s) did not respond to the survey, you can contact them directly (contact information is provided at the spreadsheet link above). If you get a response, please send it on to stopbsl.com@gmail.com so we can update the spreadsheet!


What district do I live in? Find your district here: http://www.fyi.legis.state.tx.us/

Why didn’t my candidate(s) respond to the survey? It could be for a variety of reasons, including the following:

  1. The candidate is too busy, does not think this is an important issue, or does not know enough about the issue to respond.
  2. The candidate does not respond to people who do not live in his/her district.
  3. The candidate’s contact information was not good.

When can I vote? Early voting begins in October. Election Day is November 2.

Why did you only survey state senators and representatives? Because TX state law prohibits BSL, the only place where BSL can be proposed is in the state legislature, where senators and representatives decide what laws to pass.

What other efforts are being made in Texas to prevent BSL? StopBSL and Love-A-Bull have teamed up to gather signatures for a petition against BSL. The petition will be sent to Texas senators and representatives in January. Read more and help us gather signatures here: http://love-a-bull.org/resources/bsl/petition/

Stay tuned to StopBSL for additional opportunities to join fellow Texans against BSL.

I don’t live in Texas. What about my state’s candidates? StopBSL is Texas-based, and at present, doesn’t have the manpower to run surveys in all states holding elections. State laws and legislative processes also vary. However, StopBSL will gladly post results from any other candidate surveys about BSL. If you know of any other surveys, please send the results to stopbsl.com@gmail.com. Thank you!

Brampton, Ontario, Canada: K9 crusader signs on with candidate

Don’t like BSL? Don’t forget to vote! Previous alerts and info about the Brampton fiasco: http://stopbsl.com/?s=brampton

Summary: Rui Branco’s family dog was seized by the city of Brampton for being a ‘pitbull,’ and held over three months. Eventually, the dog was returned when an independent assessment said she was not a ‘pitbull.’  Branco has since become the campaign manager for Bruce Haines, opposing the current mayor, Susan Fennell. Branco accuses, “Susan Fennell has refused to independently investigate this matter … all the while wasting tens of thousands of the taxpayers’ dollars to facilitate a cover-up.”

K9 crusader signs on with candidate

Brampton Guardian
* May 27, 2010 – 12:59 PM

Campaign manager. Rui Branco, seen here with Brittany, has signed on as campaign manager for mayoralty candidate Bruce Haines. Photo by Bryon Johnson

The man at the centre of the dog seizure controversy is fighting back in a whole new arena—he is trying to help oust Mayor Susan Fennell.

Full story retrieved May 27, 2010 from http://www.bramptonguardian.com/news/elections/article/822017–k9-crusader-signs-on-with-candidate

Fort Dodge, IA: Candidates’ positions on possible “pit bull” ban

Previous alert for Fort Dodge: http://stopbsl.com/2009/09/20/fort-dodge-ia-fd-council-likely-to-review-animal-laws-monday/

Next city council meeting: October 12, 6:00 PM, City Council Chambers @ City Hall

Contact information for Fort Dodge:
Municipal Building, 819 1st Avenue South, Fort Dodge, Iowa 50501
Fax 515-573-5751

City Council Members’ Contact Information:

David Flattery, At Large

Richard Inman, At Large

Matt Bemrich, At Large

Curt Olson, Ward 1
H: 573-3551
C: 571-8230

Don Wilson, Ward 2

Cindy Litwiller, Ward 3
Mayor Pro Tem
Litwiller is candidate for mayor and would support breed-specific regulations on “pit bulls,” including special containment, liability insurance, and muzzling.

Dan Payne, Ward 4
Dean of the Council
H: 955-6356
W: 573-4282

Several candidates for the above positions state in this article that they would be in favor of breed-specific regulations for “pit bulls.” Others have said that they would not be in favor of a ban, but did not specify whether they would favor or be against breed-specific laws in general.

Candidates oppose pit bull ban

Mayoral, council hopefuls don’t see need

By BILL SHEA, Messenger staff writer
POSTED: October 4, 2009

[…] But there appears to be no support for a pit bull ban among the candidates for mayor and City Council in this year’s election.

Here, in the second of a series of articles on city issues, those candidates discuss their thoughts on the possibility of a pit bull ban.[…]

Full article retrieved 10/4/09 from http://www.messengernews.net/page/content.detail/id/519035.html

Whitehall, OH: Councilwoman who tried to ban pit bulls faces recall

StopBSL takes no position one way or the other on Thompson’s recall. However, dog owners may note that this is one way to fight back against legal and political discrimination.

Whitehall votes to place Thompson recall on fall ballot

It’s the first recall vote in the city’s history.

Published: Wednesday, September 23, 2009 4:07 PM EDT

Whitehall City Council members made official at a special meeting Tuesday, Sept. 22, the first recall election in the city’s history.

Voters will decide Nov. 3 whether to retain Jackie Thompson, the first-term councilwoman who has challenged the city on numerous issues and raised the ire of some residents in her quest for what she has termed accountability and reform.

[…] Perhaps the most contentious matter concerning Thompson revolved around her twice-thwarted effort to ban pit bulls in the city.[…]

Full article retrieved 9/24/09 from http://www.snponline.com/articles/2009/09/23/multiple_papers/news/allwhrecal_20090923_0355pm_4.txt