Stop the Oklahoma statewide ban on pit bulls sign now

To: Governor Brad Henry, House of Representatives & Senate

To: The Honorable Governor Brad Henry, House of Representatives & Senate

Re: Pit Bull Ordinance

We, the undersigned, are concerned citizens of the State of Oklahoma. While recognizing the concerns of State Rep. Paul Wesselhoft, we are extremely alarmed regarding the pit bull ordinances that are being proposed, which would have a negative impact on responsible, law-abiding dog owners. These ordinances would have an impact on not only Oklahoma citizens, but also those who choose to visit Oklahoma to show their dogs in legal events, to do business in the community, or to visit family and friends. Following are listed our specific concerns.


(1) Available data indicates that a dog of ANY breed can bite. Studies published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association conclude that there is NO reliable data identifying biting dogs by breed.

As well, the American Temperament Test Society has available results of dogs tested by them. As of December 2002, the following results were found:

(Number of dogs tested) [Percent of dogs passed]

American Pit Bull Terrier (405) [83.2\%]

American Staffordshire Terrier (437) [82.6\%]

Golden Retriever (612) [82.5\%]

Labrador Retriever (597) [90.6\%]

Shetland Sheepdog (426) [66.2\%]

Collie (722) [78.8\%]

This can be verified with the A.T.T.S. by calling them at (314)869-6103 or on the web at www.atts.org.


(2) The term pitbull is not a breed nor is it recognized by reputable breed organizations or kennel clubs. Pitbull is a variety of breed that describes American Pit Bull Terriers and mixes, American Staffordshire Terriers and mixes, and Staffordshire Terriers and mixes, and is often mistakenly used to describe other similar breeds (such as bull terriers and American bulldogs). It is very difficult or impossible to tell these breeds apart and, as a result, it is impossible to fairly enforce the proposed ordinances.

(3) Cities that have tried to solve their dangerous dog problem by restricting or banning breeds have discovered that such laws do not work. Recently, Cincinnati, OH has repealed its ban on specific breeds and Baltimore, MD has removed all breed specific references from its ordinance, and PA prohibits any BSL.

(4) There is no reliable method by which to scientifically determine the breed of a dog. It is impossible to determine whether a mixed breed dog is 50\% of any particular breed. To require the owner of a mixed breed dog to prove that the dog is NOT 50\% of a targeted breed places an impossible burden on that citizen. The question of constitutionality comes into play here.

(5) The majority of the owners of targeted breeds are responsible, law-abiding citizens. The proposed ordinances unfairly brand these people as unreliable and irresponsible, solely because they own a targeted breed. Again, there is a question regarding the rights of citizens in regard to personal property. Additionally, we believe the irresponsible owners that are the real source of breed related concern will not be affected, as they will continue to own the dogs illegally or will create other, more dangerous breeds.
(6) It is the consensus of knowledgeable dog experts (as reported in the JAVMA article, "A Community Solution to the Dog Bite Problem") that targeting the owners and the specific dangerous dog, not breeds of dogs, is the key to addressing the dog bite and "dangerous dog" problems.

(7) It takes a large amount of funding for these ordinance provisions requiring the training, testing, and property examination. Passing laws that cannot be enforced increases citizen cynicism regarding effective government.
In summary, the proposed ordinances are unfair, costly to taxpayers to enforce, time consuming to enforce
For more information concerning Pit Bulls read here:
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2002/07/10/earlyshow/contributors/debbyeturner/main514774.shtml
http://www.badrap.org/rescue/myths.cfm
http://www.pitbullsontheweb.com/petbull/legislation.html
http://pitbulls.jentown.com/BSL/breedspecificlegislation.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pit_Bull

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  • 29 February 20161000. Charles J
    please dont take our dogs Zip Code 73109
  • 18 February 2016999. Kathy Barron
    stop blaming the dogs and blame bad owners Zip Code 33325
  • 12 February 2016998. Amanda B
    Banning a breed would be like banning a race.... do we say no more black people can live in our country because the crime statistics are higher for black men to be jailed than white men.... thats ludicris....insane... people should stop being so ignorant!
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    this is discrimination against dogs that look acertian way which the last time i checked is discrimination Zip Code 73086
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  • 10 November 2015983. Lynn A
    Humans suck ! Discrimination without education. I think we should ban ignorance. Zip Code 73127
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  • 30 October 2015980. Jennifer C
    Pit Bulls were bred to be the American family dog. Now America is aiming to destroy its own breed. What sad irony. Zip Code 74801
  • 30 October 2015979. Nick Barrera
    It's not the Dog it is how they are raised!!!!!! Zip Code 74820
  • 27 October 2015978. Brian C
    thats crap dogs only snap when provoked its a shame a breed is soon to be takin away proud owner of two pits Zip Code 73572
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    Dont ban the breed ban the deed Zip Code 60457

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