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Dead Dogs: Breed bans, euthanasia, and preemptive justice

This is a powerful and thought-provoking article from the Boston Review about “pit bulls,” prejudice, breed bans, dog law, euthanasia, “humane” societies and animal control, dog fighting, and thinly veiled racism.


Brief excerpt below. Visit the link to read the whole article.

Dead Dogs: Breed bans, euthanasia, and preemptive justice

Colin Dayan

…The seizures, detentions, and exterminations of pit bulls—sanctioned by laws in many states—expose the statutory logic for making preemptive justice constitutionally permissible: canine profiling supplies the terms for inclusion and ostracism, and even the suspension of due process rights. No criminal conviction of the owner is required for state seizure and destruction of property. In other words, the Constitution’s Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments, which prohibit the government from depriving anyone of “life, liberty, or property, without due process of law,” can be suspended for the public good without evidence, without trial, by classification alone.

In legal rationales, realities are created. Old inequalities and radical discrimination are repackaged in unexpected forms. In breed-specific legislation, the taint and incapacity of the disenfranchised live on. At a time when our government is labeling certain persons as threats—alleged terrorists, enemy aliens, illegal immigrants, ordinary people who want to get on airplanes—we need to ask how the seizure and destruction of dogs deemed contraband becomes a medium for the intimidation and debasement of humans in turn. Who should suffer deprivation without redress so that we can live in reasonable—safe and secure—consensus? And who gets to decide?…

Zurich, Switzerland: Dangerous dog breeds banned

‘Dangerous’ dogs banned in Zurich

Wednesday, 27 January, 2010, 14:36

[…] They argued that not all dogs of the same breed are dangerous but the court said statistics could not be trusted[…]

The law, introduced in Zurich at the start of the year after a vote in November 2008, prevents the selling and breeding of four breeds of dog including the American Pitbull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier and Bull Terrier.[…]

Full article retrieved 2/15/10 from http://worldradio.ch/wrs/news/wrsnews/dangerous-dogs-banned-in-zurich.shtml?17672

Toledo, OH: Judge says Toledo’s “pit bull” law flawed

Judge says Toledo’s ‘pit bull’ law flawed

Some aspects cited as unconstitutional



Article published January 21, 2010

[…] Toledo Municipal Court [Judge Michael Goulding] yesterday found numerous aspects of the city’s “vicious dogs” law unconstitutional, countering a ban on owning more than one “pit bull” and excluding “pit bull” mixed breeds as inherently vicious.

The ruling … involved the case of a Toledo man, Hugh Smith, who was charged with 13 violations of the city’s dog laws in October.

That month, the Lucas County Dog Warden’s Office seized what it deemed to be three “pit bull” dogs from Mr. Smith’s home….

Judge Goulding yesterday dismissed 10 of the charges against Mr. Smith, asserting that the city’s muzzle requirement and one-only limit for “pit bulls” are unconstitutional as they conflict with home-rule doctrine….

Contact JC Reindl at: jreindl@theblade.com or 419-724-6065.

Full article retrieved 2010-01-22 from http://toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100121/NEWS16/1210344/0/SRMAIN

Moses Lake, WA: Moses Lake declares hazardous dogs (BSL passed)

Emotion won over logic in a big way in Moses Lake this week.

Please write or call the city and thank councilmembers Brent Reese and Jon Lane for voting against BSL. The next chance to replace the other councilmembers will be at the end of 2009.

The City of Moses Lake, (509) 766-9201
321 So. Balsam (P.O. Box 1579), Moses Lake, WA 98837


Moses Lake declares hazardous dogs

Candice Boutilier/Columbia Basin Herald

City regulates pit bulls, rottweilers and presa canarios

MOSES LAKE – With a 5-2 vote, the Moses Lake City Council declared pit bulls, rottweilers and presa canarios hazardous dogs Tuesday night.[…]

Moses Lake, WA article: Moses Lake discusses dog ordinance (BSL suggested)


Moses Lake discusses dog ordinance

By Candice Boutilier
Columbia Basin Herald staff writer

MOSES LAKE – The Moses Lake City Council discussed the dangerous-dog ordinance as it pertains to pit bulls and public safety Tuesday night.

A decision was not made.[…]

Reminder: Moses Lake, WA meeting, Oct. 28, 6 p.m. (dog laws being discussed)

BSL has been discussed. Locals, please make an appearance to show your support for non-breed-specific laws.

Meeting to discuss dangerous dog ordinance
Oct. 28, 6 p.m.
Moses Lake City Hall, 321 S. Balsam Street, Moses Lake, WA 98837
Phone: (509) 766-9201
Fax: (509) 766-9392


Moses Lake talks dog ordinances

Posted: Monday, Oct 27, 2008 – 04:01:26 pm PDT
By Candice Boutilier
Columbia Basin Herald staff writer

Considers changes to ordinance

MOSES LAKE – The Moses Lake City Council is hosting a study session to discuss the dangerous-dog ordinance as it pertains to pit bulls and community safety.

The meeting begins at 6 p.m. in the city council chambers and no action will be taken. It’s expected to last until 7 p.m.[…]