Yesterday, a panel in Reynoldsburg, Ohio decided it knew better than the state legislature and re-enacted their archaic BSL laws.
This decision in Reynoldsburg would be comical were it not so sad. Ohio has decided, based on research done by experts, advocates and researchers that Breed Specific Legislation does not work and devised a comprehensive and impressive system that is more effective at protecting the public from dangerous dogs. Reynoldsburg has decided that their collection of anecdotal evidence and fear in the face overwhelming evidence to the contrary is more accurate and therefore more important than this heavily researched statewide law. It’s honestly quite impressive to see such blatant ignorance in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary.
To put it in perspective it would be like saying that all guns are dangerous and then only banning the .45 Smith & Wesson revolver. All other .45 revolvers have the potential to be just as dangerous yet they aren’t covered by the ban. They are equally likely to be used in a crime when obtained by a criminal yet the Smith & Wesson has been singled out despite no evidence that it is any more deadly than any of the other revolvers. If the Smith & Wesson unavailable the criminals will just move on to using a different make of .45 revolver.
Every single major research group has said that BSL doesn’t work.The Humane Society, The American Bar Association, The National Canine Research Council (just to name a few) have thoroughly researched this issue and concluded that it is not only ineffective but also detrimental to the community. This information is free, open to the public and comes complete with citations so that anyone can review the conclusions. This panel in Reynoldsburg is essentially saying that they’re personal bias and the uneducated bias of the community holds more weight than all of these groups who have put money and time into actually researching and testing BSL.
And the worst part is that they are claiming to be voting with the community. Our founding father’s set up this system so that the general, uneducated public (be they illiterate or uninterested) would have someone whose job is to educate themselves on the issue and govern on their constituents behalf. This panel was obviously just pandering to garner votes and not voting for the best interest of the community. It’s pathetic and I’m unbelievably glad I don’t live there anymore. They should be ashamed.
If you are genuinely interested in learning about this issue before making an informed decision please check out Measle’s Animal Haven, a pit bull rescue group in Columbus that has compiled a comprehensive list of resources for those interested in learning about pit bulls and BSL. Or, spend some time researching actual facts and statistics and make an informed decision on your own rather than condemning sixty percent of shelter dogs and family pets to death because you read a story about a kid being mauled by what the newspaper speculated was a pit bull that one time.
http://www.measlesanimalhaven.org/BreedSpecificLegislation.htm http://www.measlesanimalhaven.org/ResponsibleOwnership.htm The Humane Society: http://www.humanesociety.org/…/breed-specific… The American Bar Association: http://www.mspca.org/…/american-bar-association… Cornell University: http://blogs.cornell.edu/…/the-five-ws-of-breed…/ The fact that Pitbulls match Labs and Goldens in temperament testing:http://animaladvocatesalliance.org/pitbulls-score-better…/