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Texas reminder: Mail signatures for anti-BSL petition by Jan 3

Over the last year, several groups have been pushing for a statewide breed ban or breed-specific legislation in Texas. To combat this, Love-A-Bull and StopBSL have been running a petition against BSL over the last year.

The petition, signatures, and informational material will be submitted to each of Texas’ 31 state senators and 150 state representatives on January 10th, 2011.

We have collected nearly 7,000 signatures to date. Texas residents: Please make sure your signatures are counted! Please mail your signature pages by January 3rd, 2011 so we can add them to the package.

Blank signature pages can be downloaded here: http://love-a-bull.org/resources/bsl/petition/. The mailing address is at the bottom of each signature page.

If you are mailing close to the deadline and concerned that your pages might not make it in time, you may also scan your pages as PDFs and email them to stopbsl.com@gmail.com. (Please make sure to send the pages via USPS after you email them. We need the hard copies too!)

I would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you for helping with this effort. Over the last year, the petition has raised awareness about the threat of BSL; it has connected concerned Texans; and it has told (and will tell) our state legislators where we, the public, stand. Your hard work and efforts have been valuable and significant–including those of you who do not live in Texas but have taken the time to spread the word about the petition. We could not have done this without you. Thank you!

Texas reminder: Petition against BSL

The Texas statewide pen-and-paper petition against BSL will be wrapping up soon. This holiday season is the perfect time to gather signatures from friends and family who are Texas residents. Please take this final opportunity to gather signatures for the petition.

You can find more information about the petition, and a downloadable signature sheet, here: http://love-a-bull.org/resources/bsl/petition/

At last count, we had approximately 4,000 signatures. This was before the media report a few months ago that BSL or a breed ban will likely be proposed in the Texas legislature this year. I expect many more signatures have been gathered since then.

Please join us in gathering these signatures from Texas residents. The signatures will be presented to Texas legislators at the start of the 2011 Legislative Session. For this reason, please send in by Jan 3 any signatures you have collected. There is a mailing address at the bottom of every signature sheet.

StopBSL interview on blog radio

Thanks very much to Glo from Stories of Multiple Pets for giving StopBSL the opportunity to talk about BSL on her show!

If you would like to listen to the show, go to http://www.blogtalkradio.com/a-variety-of-pets/2010/10/21/bsl-a-hot-topic

Port Washington, WI: Local intends to petition for BSL

Contact information for Port Washington city officials:

City Hall, 100 W Grand Ave, P.O. Box 307, Port Washington WI 53074

Mayor Scott A. Huebner, shuebner@ci.port-washington.wi.us
1st District Michael Ehrlich, 284-5528, mehrlich@ci.port-washington.wi.us
2nd District Paul Neumyer, 284-3501, pneumyer@ci.port-washington.wi.us
3rd District Jim Vollmar, 268-1682, jvollmar@ci.port-washington.wi.us
4th District Burt Babcock, 284-3419, bbabcock@ci.port-washington.wi.us
5th District Tom Hudson, 284-1948, tomhudson@execpc.com
6th District David Larson, 268-1171, dlarson@ci.port-washington.wi.us
7th District Dan Becker, 284-6043, dbecker@ci.port-washington.wi.us

Pit bull scare spurs call for ‘vicious breed’ law in Port

Written by Kristyn Halbig Ziehm
Wednesday, 06 October 2010 18:56

Man whose sons were chased is asking aldermen to regulate some dogs

“To me, it’s so blatantly obvious something needs to be done,” said Dan O’Connor, who plans to petition the Common Council to change its dog ordinances, recognizing the aggressive nature of pit bulls…. O’Connor said he talked to Ald. Tom Hudson about his concerns, and he plans to send a letter and packet of information to aldermen later this week. He also intends to circulate a petition seeking better regulation of pit bulls and present it to the Common Council.

Read more here: http://www.ozaukeepress.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1141:pit-bull-scare-spurs-call-for-vicious-breed-law-in-port&catid=51:feature-3

Andover, MA: Whispers of BSL

Clamp down on pit bulls?: Defenders call for focus on owners, not breed

By Neil Fater Staff Writer
May 20, 2010

[…]Some residents are talking about banning pit bulls….

Animal Law professors Holly Vietzke and Diane Sullivan, of the Massachusetts School of Law in Andover, said they would rather see legislation aimed at enforcing more responsible pet guardianship, than at banning entire breeds.

Full article retrieved May 21, 2010 from http://www.andovertownsman.com/local/x2023213907/Clamp-down-on-pit-bulls-Defenders-call-for-focus-on-owners-not-breed

Mount Holly, NC: Resident petitioning for “pit bull” ban

The City of Mount Holly, 400 East Central Avenue, Post Office Box 406, Mount Holly, NC 28120
Phone: 704-827-3931
Fax: 704-827-5672

Next city council meeting: March 8, 2010, 7:00 PM
Meetings are held on the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month unless otherwise noted. The Regular Meetings begin at 7:00 p.m. and the Work Session Meetings begin at 6:30 p.m. All meetings are held in the Council Chambers at the Citizens Center located at 400 East Central Avenue, Mount Holly, NC 28120.

Mayor Pro Tem David Moore
104 N. Hawthorne St., Mount Holly, NC 28120

Councilman Jim Hope
104 Stoneridge Dr., Mount Holly, NC 28120

Councilman Perry Toomey
203 Dogwood Dr., Mount Holly, NC 28120

Councilman Jerry Bishop
200 East Catawba Dr., Mount Holly, NC 28120

Councilman Bennie Brookshire
218 Rose St., Mount Holly, NC 28120

Councilwoman Carolyn Breyare
307 Eastwood Dr., Mount Holly, NC 28120

Pit bull attack victim now pushing for ban

by MICHELLE BOUDIN / NewsChannel 36
E-mail Michelle: MBoudin@WCNC.com
Posted on February 19, 2010 at 7:01 PM

MOUNT HOLLY, N.C.– A homeowner in Gaston County is pushing for the passage of a controversial law after a pit bull attacked him and his dog in Mount Holly….

Full story retrieved 2010-02-22 from http://www.wcnc.com/news/Pit-bull-victim-now-pushing-to-ban-them-in-his-town-84809477.html

Tyler, TX: Editorial calls for BSL

A newspaper in Tyler, TX, has issued a public demand for BSL. This is the latest in a string of calls to allow Texas municipalities to pass BSL, something currently prohibited by state law.

StopBSL has a policy against reprinting editorials on the site. However, you may wish to read the editorial for yourself and comment at the link.


Of note is the article writer’s suggestion that “an expert — such as an animal control officer — can make a judgment call on what is and what isn’t a pit bull. It’s hard to mistake that crushing jaw.” First, animal control officers are not “experts” in breed identification. In most places in Texas, the job requirements for an animal control officer or an animal shelter worker are: high school diploma (or GED) and ability to drag 50 pounds of dead weight. Scientific studies have proven that even people with years of experience handling dogs cannot correctly identify a dog’s breed nor identify a “pit bull” in the vast majority of cases. BSL is subjectively enforced, sweeping up all kinds of innocent dogs based on little more than someone’s opinion about whether it looks “pit bull enough.”

To combat the media and groups who are pushing for BSL in Texas, Love-A-Bull has started a petition that will be delivered to legislators twice in the next year. In the last three months, Love-A-Bull and petition supporters have collected 1300 signatures. Texans may contribute to this effort by downloading signature sheets and collecting signatures for the petition. More information can be found here: http://love-a-bull.org/2009/10/petition-against-breed-discriminatory-legislation-in-texas/