Five Damn Good Reasons to Vote Down Miami's Pit Bull Ban Today

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Also read "Pit Bull Ban Spurs Dog Fight"

Even if dozens of party primaries don't get your blood pressure up, there's one compelling ballot item that should drive you to the polls today: For the first time since 1989, Miamians have a chance to strike down one of the nation's dumbest laws. Dade's pit bull ban has got to go.

"This thing has got to go down today," says Dahlia Canes, the pit bull activist who's led the push to kill the legislation. Click through for the five biggest reasons you should punch YES to repeal the ban.

5. Everyone who knows anything about animals is against it
Here's what the American Veterinary Medical Association recently told the Miami Herald about pit bulls: "Controlled studies have not identified this breed group as disproportionately dangerous." They're joined by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the South Florida Veterinary Medical Association, and the Humane Society in opposing pit bull bans. If that's not enough expert opinion, consider this:

4. PETA supports the ban
If the only group still standing behind a law is the same one that has compared dog breeders to Hitler and meat production to Jim Crow-era lynching, and routinely exploited the Holocaust to bully people into vegetarianism, you should oppose that law by definition.

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jstubb
jstubb

It's not the breed it's the owner. Can we shoot the owners? All pit bull owners? Sounds like a good trade off to me. Pit bull owners have a confrontational streak that brings them to these animals. Deep down they are like the gun owners who are just dying to use their weapon. They think of their dogs as weapons in the rack if needed. Their is no responsible reason for owning a pit bull. Why is it ONLY the pit bull who kills someone when it has a bad owner? Why don't we hear about the other breeds who have "bad owners". Sure other breeds bite but at what severity do they bite? And can you stop them when they bite. A pit bull doesn't have to have a bad owner to go off like a loaded gun. They are instinctually viscous when they decide they are threatened or need to defend their owners. I guess that is why you nutters like them. It makes the little boy inside you feel tuff, spit, ding! Or maye it is the woman who always dates bad men hoping to change them. Or maybe you are just thugs and meth dealers. Why is it that criminals choose this breed? Is there something to that? Why not the viscous ChuChu or the golden retriever. I tell you why...because you can abuse these dogs all of their life and be a bad owner and they still are not going to kill someone. You see where bad owner game falls apart? I bet you don't.

melissaanne4
melissaanne4

You are disgusting! You post was gross. I feel bad for

Anyone that's has to deal with you. I hope you have no children if so I hope they see that you are insane. You are evil. People like you should be banned from earth. Nasty nasty person. I can't put enough into how I feel about you into words. Crawl under a bush an stay.

Patricia
Patricia

The vast majority of dogs are vile and disgusting beasts who will turn murderous at the turn of a dime. They are filthy and carry disease as well---most will even eat their own FECES or that of other animals. The old saying that their "mouths are cleaner than a human's" is a LIE and thgose that believe it are MORONS!

 

I am for the elmination of these horrible creatures, as well as most other dogs. They are pure evil.

Jorge F. Jorge
Jorge F. Jorge

For those the are a little older. I can remember when the same thing was said of Dobermans and then later German Sheperds. We should ban stupid owners instead.

miamitrev2
miamitrev2 topcommenter

Thank you for the article this morning,....it helped remind me to go vote to keep these killers out of our communities

adam.asbury
adam.asbury

How do I Check The Voting Results  ??

danabeachbumopal
danabeachbumopal

IF U DONT LIKE THEM DONT GET THEM !!!! DONT DICTATE TO OTHERS..AND YES IT IS IRRESPONSIBLE OWNERS !! YOU FREAKING DOUCHBAG !!!!! GOD ITS PEOPLE LIKE YOU THAT MAKE ME WANT TO VOMIT IN MY MOUTH !!!!

danabeachbumopal
danabeachbumopal

 @pitbullssuck YOU ARE SO WRONG ON EVERY LEVEL .....WOW MAYBE YOU NEED TO BE PUT DOWN !!!! ALL 3 OF THOSE DOGS ARE GREAT PETS !!!!! SMH.....THE ONLY MORON I SEE HERE IS YOU !!!! WHAT A WASTE OF HUMAN FLESH YOU ARE !!!!! PITTBULLS,GERMAN SHEPARDS,ROTTIES ARE AWESOME DOGS :) MUST SUCK TO BE YOU ASSHOLE !!!!

pitbullssuck
pitbullssuck

Congratulations Miami-Dade!! You did the right thing and voted to keep the ban. Facts are facts people. Pit bulls account for almost 50% of all dog related fatalaties. Over 90% of those are by "family pets". People who use the "it's not the dog, its the owner" are morons. The numbers don't lie. Put your sentimental feelings aside and get real. The numbers do not support your position.You can't go to the pet store and buy a lion no matter how good of a lion owner you are, the animal is dangerous.Rottweilers and German Shephards should be next.

pitbull1923
pitbull1923

Its sad to let people do this to a great bread of dog, this is what is happening to our shark population and its sad, a bunch of dumb uneducated people buying into the one sided media and fearing one of the funniest loving dogs out there to day, stop the killing of pitbulls buy dumb scared people and lets end this ban.

trisha.74
trisha.74

"patricia" you are an ignorant piece of crap just trying to get a rise out of people i could go on and on but you are not worth my energy

portablefernie
portablefernie topcommenter

if you guys dont get off your asses and drag people to the polls the ban will stay in place.. exit polls has it losing.. get out there and get your family and friends to vote....Polls close at 7pm

drakemallard
drakemallard topcommenter

there are no bad dogs just bad owners

Juan Arce
Juan Arce

I understand perfectly now. Anybody who's against voting yes is stupid and ignorant. Will you people even go adopt a pitbull if its overturned? Probably not.

MrsSnowden
MrsSnowden

@MCABSL #Miami Let's make #history Vote YES #500 today to end BSL and save innocent dogs!!! Then we celebrate! RT #EndBSL

evilblacknight
evilblacknight

The world is watching Miami, stop this unfair, unjust law, Please

Christopher Lopez
Christopher Lopez

Sam read the website stating FACTUAL breed representation on the dog attack fatalities and you will see the Media represents them as "Pitbull" attacks but they are really mixed breeds, mastiffs or German Shepard, or not even the right dog as the the investigators blamed the Pitbull just because it was roaming around the neighborhood but them tests showed the dog had not bitten anyone but the Media does not go back and recant its statement of it being a "Pitbull" attack. http://nationalcanineresearchcouncil.com/dogbites/dog-bite-related-fatalities/

Sam Heywood
Sam Heywood

Chris, sorry man, even if 50% of those articles in that website get the dog wrong (and they don't), Pitbulls are still outrageously lethal and dangerous. You're fighting overwhelming data from about 40 years on this. A handful of mis-identifications doesn't transform this breed into a lapdog.

toddandjodie
toddandjodie

Today's the big day. Come on Miami do the right thing and get rid of this stupid law.

Jim Poulios
Jim Poulios

These dogs are great, but are dangerous if mistreated. I say vote the law down - since by all accounts it can't be enforced. Then license the dogs with special training and a visible tag that must be worn at all times. Otherwise, fine the crap out of the owners to fund a growing program of enforcement and perhaps insurance riders. Give neighbors 10% of the fine for reporting.

Christopher Lopez
Christopher Lopez

Hey Sam read my post with FACTUAL conclusions on the ACTUAL dog breed of the 2011 supposed "PitBull" attacks as you will see none of the ones stated were actual pitbulls. Again please learn to investigate your sources and don't take them on face value people as that why most ridiculous laws get passed.

laura991
laura991

haters gonna hate. that's why they do. mainly because they don't have enough brain cells to form a complete thought, follow a thread of logic, or even spew out the garbage someone else is feeding them. ignore.

librarian
librarian

The problem is centered on pit bull owners. Several pit bull owners are bad news and should not be allowed to own any dogs. When thugs and criminals want a dog they go for what they perceive as the most powerful, threatening, and aggressive of dog breeds.  The fact these dogs are illegal makes them more desirable to the criminal eliminate.

 

laura991
laura991

do you guys EVER get sick of the "pit bulls are awesome" vs "pit bulls are natural killers" debate? EVER? wow I was bored with it about 5 years ago.

 

it's about time munis started waking up to the expense of violating citizen's due process and other civil rights. it's about time people took back their rights and decided that just because someone is "an authority" it means they know better than you what's good for your family.

 

I feel confident the ban will be repealed today. "that's a bingo!"

Joelle Parra
Joelle Parra

Some of these arguments are outlandish. Why bother? I hope the ban gets revoked, but I also hope that people understand the responsibility they have when deciding to own a dog. They owe it to their dog and people to make sure that dog is healthy and well-behaved. People fail to see that being a responsible dog owner is what helps keep dogs out of shelters and streets. Dogs are pack animals and they NEED a leader, unfortunately many dog owners don't see that and fail to be that for their dogs.

Alex LaPorta
Alex LaPorta

Ban dogs but don't infringe on our rights to own guns? Have you seen what guns do to people? This country is fucking retarded.

Christopher Lopez
Christopher Lopez

All I ask is people to do their research and not come into a discussion with Fox news clips. I can have an EDUCATED discussion but both sides need to have some sort of proof to back up their statement and not the old "It's cause thats the way I feel since I have seen it in the news" dilemma

Patrick C. Woods
Patrick C. Woods

I say keep the ban. If a person can not remain civil on Facebook without resorting to profanity and name calling, then how can we expect that same person to responsibly maintain a dangerous animal such as a pit bull? If you ask any pit bull lovers about vicious dog attacks on children, they resort to blaming the child! So since we can not ban children from going outside and being kids and pit bull owners refuse to accept responsibility for anything then the ban should stay in place!

Patrick C. Woods
Patrick C. Woods

I say keep the ban. If a person can not remain civil on Facebook without resorting to profanity and name calling, then how can we expect that same person to responsibly maintain a dangerous animal such as a pit bull? If you ask any pit bull lovers about vicious dog attacks on children, they resort to blaming the child! So since we can not ban children from going outside and being kids and pit bull owners refuse to accept responsibility for anything then the ban should stay in place!

SassySamm Iam
SassySamm Iam

I voted no...all pitts aint angry...its da owners

Anthony Alhashemi
Anthony Alhashemi

I seen 3 pitbulls in Miami this week. Pointless law enforced by an overwelmed and understaffed Miami Animal Control.

Anthony Alhashemi
Anthony Alhashemi

I seen 3 pitbulls in Miami this week. Pointless law enforced by an overwelmed and understaffed Miami Animal Control.

Alex LaPorta
Alex LaPorta

If I find as many videos as Dirk Desouza of German Shepard attacks, Boxer attacks or Bull dog attacks, does that mean we should ban all those breeds?

kristian.payne
kristian.payne

@Patricia 

What happen to you?? Had a bad experience with a dog or something?? A dog attacked you or a loved one?? Even if that was the case, there is no reason to hate dogs.

 Although the mouth of a typical dog is full of bacteria, it's "species specific." So, if a dog were to lick a person, most of the germs wouldn't transfer. Point being... you're more likely to get a serious illness from kissing a person than kissing a dog. All dogs lick themselves to clean and groom. Some eat their own feces... It's a gross habit, but so what? Some humans have been known to eat or even throw their own feces. If you don't train a child to take a shower or brush their teeth, they won't even think about it. All you need to do is figure out how best to train them, as you try an figure out what works for your child so you can train them. I've seen cleaner dogs compared to a lot of humans I see.

Oh and that murderous comment... Do you need to be reminded that you are in the same species as those who would torture, kill, molest, rape, commit suicide,  even put themselves out there, like prostitutes and pimps. There is also war, slaves, terrorist, human trafficking, child labor, child abuse, and even child soldiers! Non-human animals of any kind (that means dogs too) have way less complicated things to worry about.

In my opinion, humans are the worst. Unlike humans, other animals don't have a high sense of greed and curiosity... It's even worse because we have high developing and complex brains. 

danabeachbumopal
danabeachbumopal

 @Patricia you are so narrow minded !!!! dogs are awesome animals :) you are really missing out on a great creature..pitts,german shepards,rotts,labradores,golden retreivers,dalmations and so on !!!! they are all gods gift :) and u must have a very empty sad life to even think that they are VILE ?? wow really ????? they have souls too !!!!! ur not superrior at all we all are created equal and the animals as well !!!! 

pitbullssuck
pitbullssuck

 @danabeachbumopal

 I give you the same response, I give the lady below. I hope you choke on your vomit you retarded COW!!

I report facts. I don't make up some stupid ish about "it's not the dog, it's the owners", THAT is the uneducated bullcrap. Over 90% of fatal pit bull (including pit bull mixes) attacks are by the "family pet". When your dog bites off your kid's face, you will be crying in the hospital about how you never thought your dog could do such a thing. Tell that to this woman's husband, http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/08/12/us-pitbull-death-idUSTRE77B5WA20110812.  She worked for a freaking PIT BULL RESCUE, and her precious pitts not only killed her, but her unborn baby almost exactly one freaking year ago. The sooner you admit that your attitude has only to do with your sentimental feelings and not COLD HARD FACTS, you and the lives of the children in your home and neighborhood will be much better off. So, stop spouting what you WISH to be true, and do some f'ing research and educate yourself in regards to REAL FACTS. You simple-minded RETARD!!!

angelholly527
angelholly527

 @pitbullssuck You do not know what you are talking about. It is irresponsible ownership thats the problem. There are far more bites by other breeds. The problem is if the pit bull bites it does more damage so you hear about it more often. These are facts. 12 years ago I had a german shepherd & doberman that I had for 16 years. There never was a single incident. Today I have a pit bull, 2 labs and a dachshund  The pit bull is 5 years old and the dachshund is 2 years old. Never has been an incident.  The two play together like mother & pup. I take them to the dog park she is wonderful with all the other dogs. Its monsters like Michael Vick thats the problem. 50 of the 52 dogs rescued from his dog fighting were rehabilitated and adopted out and 7 became therapy dogs. These are facts. Only two were not adopted and that was because of illnesses. You need to get your facts straight and start blaming the ones responsible & thats the monster behind the leash.

pitbullssuck
pitbullssuck

 That is the dumbest thing I have ever heard. You cannot train instinct out of an animal no matter how hard you try. Why don't we all go get tiger cubs and see who's children are still alive years later.

danabeachbumopal
danabeachbumopal

 @pitbullssuck like i said befor ..it must suck to be you !!!! and lets get the record straight asswipe !!!! they are not dangerous animals ,no more dangerous than idiots like you who want them eliminated !!!! wake the f@#k ???? smh .........the cold hard facts are irresponsible OWNERS !!!! WHEN WILL U PEOPLE UNDERSTAND THAT ??like i said it must suck to be you :) that is all DOUCHBAG !!

pitbullssuck
pitbullssuck

 @angelholly527

 

I report facts. I don't make up some stupid ish about "it's not the dog, it's the owners", THAT is the uneducated bullcrap. Over 90% of fatal pit bull (including pit bull mixes) attacks are by the "family pet". When your dog bites off your kid's face, you will be crying in the hospital about how you never thought your dog could do such a thing. Tell that to this woman's husband, http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/08/12/us-pitbull-death-idUSTRE77B5WA20110812.  She worked for a freaking PIT BULL RESCUE, and her precious pitts not only killed her, but her unborn baby almost exactly one freaking year ago. The sooner you admit that your attitude has only to do with your sentimental feelings and not COLD HARD FACTS, you and the lives of the children in your home and neighborhood will be much better off. So, stop spouting what you WISH to be true, and do some f'ing research and educate yourself in regards to REAL FACTS. You simple-minded RETARD!!!

pitbullssuck
pitbullssuck

 @angelholly527

 I report facts. I don't make up some stupid ish about "it's not the dog, it's the owners", THAT is the uneducated bullcrap. Over 90% of fatal pit bull (including pit bull mixes) attacks are by the "family pet". When your dog bites off your kid's face, you will be crying in the hospital about how you never thought your dog could do such a thing. Tell that to this woman's husband, http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/08/12/us-pitbull-death-idUSTRE77B5WA20110812.  She worked for a freaking PIT BULL RESCUE, and her precious pitts not only killed her, but her unborn baby almost exactly one freaking year ago. The sooner you admit that your attitude has only to do with your sentimental feelings and not COLD HARD FACTS, you and the lives of the children in your home and neighborhood will be much better off. So, stop spouting what you WISH to be true, and do some f'ing research and educate yourself in regards to REAL FACTS. You simple-minded RETARD!!!

Bebep
Bebep

 @pitbullssuck You realize stating that all that crap is fact makes you look like an idiot right?

 

Learn a little bit about all those studies before you talk so much stupidity.

 

And you have the balls to call other people retarded hahaha

angelholly527
angelholly527

 @pitbullssuck I have the facts behind me & I will not resort to your level of insults but you need to get the facts. People made them mean, they were not born that way. They fought in WW I & WW II. They were nicked named the nanny dog as well. It’s a proven fact that if they are in loving hands they have one of the best temperaments. If you put them in the hand of a monster or irresponsible ownership you will get a dog that bites.  As for the family pit who bites the young child in the family. As much as I feel for that child again irresponsible ownership. Who in the right mind leaves a young child unsupervised with any dog.  You do not know your facts, I am experienced with pit bulls, german shepherds, dobermans, rotties, labs and dachshunds to name a few. You need to get your facts and know what you are talking about. I have first hand experience. In fact I was walking my dogs when out of no where a loose golden retriever charged my pit bull who was on a leash. My pit did nothing as I was pulling her away as this golden kept growling at her and jumping at her. After a few moments the owner showed up to grabbed his dog and in his ignorance blamed it on his dog being a male and mine a female. My pit is spayed This is a perfect example that any breed can bite if taught aggression. The golden has one of the best reputations and was acting very aggressive. Again Irresponsible ownerships is the problem.

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