Washington D.C. Councilman to Propose Breed-Specific Ordinance….Again

From The DC Examiner:

Year after year, Ward 1 D.C. Councilman Jim Graham has seen his attempt to ban fireworks fizzle, his try to bar pit bulls chewed up by colleagues. But hes back at it in 2009.

…”Ive introduced the pit bull legislation every session, and I am continuing in that determined pattern,” he said. “In case you are thinking I am deluded, I also introduced the lead paint hazard bill every session, and it passed last December. Every dog has its day.”

The pit bull measure bars the possession and sale of the breed in the District. It requires current owners to register their pets with animal control, sterilize the dogs and tag them for quick identification. Any pit bull that doesnt meet those requirements must be impounded and euthanized.

Graham said the bill was inspired by vicious pit bull attacks on people. But the Washington Humane Society opposes any breed-specific legislation because they just dont work, said Scott Giacoppo, chief programs officer. Dogs can be dangerous because of their owners and their levels of socialization, not their breed, Giacoppo said.

Were really surprised that he introduced it again, Giacoppo said, adding that D.C. only last year strengthened its dangerous dog laws.

Read this article in its entirety here.

Sounds like the Washington D.C. City Council, minus Graham, already gets that breed-specific legislation is ineffective and unenforceable, but if you would like to politely remind them, you can contact them here.

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