Sunday, January 15, 2017

OPPOSE SB 5904!


RE:  SB 5904:  http://lawfilesext.leg.wa.gov/biennium/2017-18/Pdf/Bills/Senate%20Bills/5094.pdf#page=1


Dear Senate Local Government Committee chair Brian Dansel:

    Please oppose SB 5904! 
   
    If passed,  SB 5904 would prevent Washington cities and towns from effectively preventing fatal and disfiguring dog attacks before they happen,  by preventing communities from adopting legislation pertaining specifically to pit bulls,  pit mixes,  and a few closely related breeds,  cumulatively less than 7% of the U.S. dog population,  but responsible nonetheless for more than 80% of all dog-inflicted fatal and disfiguring injuries.

    We are Washington residents and voters since 1996. 

    I am a journalist and statistician,  working on news beats pertaining to animals,  public health,  and occupational safety for more than 45 years.  My wife Beth is a former police officer,  animal control officer,  veterinary technician,  and pit bull rescuer.

    Since 1982 we have logged and analyzed fatal and disfiguring dog attacks throughout the U.S. and Canada,  more recently adding logs specific to India,  the United Kingdom,  and South Africa.  In every nation the data is strikingly similar:  pit bulls,  pit mixes,  pit variants such as the “American bully,”  and closely related breeds such as the bull mastiff,  Presa Canario,  Dogo Argentino,  and Fila Brasiliero account for 80%-plus of fatal and disfiguring attacks.  This is no surprise,  because historically these breeds have been bred specifically for fighting,  and farther back ancestrally,  to guard slaves and wage war.

    You may read the latest data pertaining to dog attacks on humans,  complete through 2016,  when 91% of human death and disfigurement victims were injured by pit bulls,  at:

http://www.animals24-7.org/2017/01/03/91-of-dog-attack-disfigurement-victims-in-2016-were-mauled-by-pit-bulls/

    The complete statistics,  1982-present,  showing that over the past 34 years,  88% of the human victims of fatal or disfiguring dog attacks were injured by pit bulls and  their closest canine relatives,  are here:

http://www.animals24-7.org/2017/01/03/dog-attack-deaths-maimings-u-s-canada-1982-2016/

    The data pertaining to dog attacks on other animals,  2013-present,  showing that 87% of the dogs who kill or badly injure other animals are pit bulls,  are here:

http://www.animals24-7.org/2017/01/11/record-32550-pit-bulls-killed-or-badly-injured-other-animals-in-the-u-s-in-2016/

    A considerable volume of related information about dog attacks is here:

http://www.animals24-7.org/2016/01/21/links-to-more-than-100-reasons-why-breed-specific-legislation-needs-to-be-enforced-and-reinforced/

    Finally,  let me call to your attention a table which appears at the very end of the data logs,  1982-present:

    Pit bull & pit mix attack trends,  1982-present

* The 1992 data line represents the first 10 years of data collection:

YEAR    PIT BULLS      CHILDREN      ADULTS       KILLED       MAIMED
       in attacks

      Running       Running      Running      Running      Running
       total  YEAR   total  YEAR  total  YEAR  total  YEAR  total  YEAR

1992*   105            45           60          18            38

2002    732    86     347   45     248   22     62    6      395   54
2003    860   128     397   50     304   56     75   13      466   71
2004    939    79     435   38     330   26     83    8      504   38
2005   1083   144     496   61     370   40     97   14      585   81
2006   1197   114     525   29     417   47    111   14      648   63
2007   1275    78     555   30     440   23    124   13      685   37
2008   1401   126     596   41     476   37    138   14      739   54
2009   1563   162     669   73     527   51    162   24      832   93
2010   1808   245     779  110     607   80    191   29      974  142
2011   2103   295     881  102     718  111    214   23     1172  198
2012   2394   291     971   90     850  132    245   32     1353  181
2013   2966   572    1187  214    1090  240    275   30     1760  407
2014   3569   603    1451  264    1369  279    307   32     2211  451
2015   4217   648    1660  209    1723  354    341   34     2670  459
2016   4969   752    1901  241    2074  351    366   25     3255  585

    The Best Friends Animal Society,  American Veterinary Medical Association,  and ASPCA introduced their ongoing campaigns to repeal breed-specific legislation between 1992 and 2001.  Note that the numbers of fatal and disfiguring pit bull attacks on humans have been higher in every year since 2002 than in the entire decade 1982-1992.

    The Humane Society of the U.S. joined them in 2008.  Since then,  the total number of pit bulls involved in fatal and disfiguring attacks each year has increased nearly tenfold,  the number of child victims per year is up nearly fivefold,  the number of adult victims per year has increased nearly tenfold,  there were record numbers of fatalities in five out of nine years,  and the number of disfigurements per year has increased eleven times over.

    Again,  please oppose SB 5094!

    Thank you,

Merritt & Beth Clifton

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12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Another child slaughtered by pit bulls this morning (January 17, 2017). This bill absolutely has no place in civilized society! Why are we protecting a breed of dog over our CHILDREN?!

Fur mommies need to get over their pit bull fetish, and realize that human children deserve protection, not pit bulls.

I am sick to my stomach over this latest mauling. A child walking to the bus stop has his life taken away by worthless pit bulls, and another child is in serious condition. This is the reality pit bulls bring, and it is so disturbing that I wish it wasn't true. Unfortunately, it is true. My heart is broken for the family of the victim. May he rest in peace. He certainly didn't die peacefully.

No more children should die this way. NO MORE!

BAM

Anonymous said...

I should have started reading the bill first, but it is infuriating me!

"(2) The legislature further finds that breed-specific ordinances
fail to address any of the factors that cause dogs to become
aggressive and place an undue hardship on responsible dog owners who
provide proper socialization and training."

WRONG!

I'm not even going to get into the "factors that cause dogs to become aggressive" but I will touch on the "undue hardship".

First of all, most pit bull owners are irresponsible. Secondly, having breed specific legislation is meant to cause people to think twice before getting a pit bull. Higher liability requires higher responsibility. The "undue hardship" has always been on victims of pit bull attacks. Often times, the irresponsible pit bull owner does not have insurance, has no assets, and the victim of the pit bull attack is stuck with millions of dollars of hospital bills. On top of that, because of lax criminal laws, pit bull owners sometimes get away with murder.

The pit bull fur mommy crybabies are pulling the victim card again, trying to change our laws to suit their demented desires.

I don't know if I can continue reading the bill without imploding?

BAM

scurrilous amateur blogger said...

i'm not sure this killing, horrific as it is, is any worse that the detroit fatality where a kid was killed while walking with his mother. if i remember correctly, the kid was attacked through a fence adjacent to the sidewalk.

when it comes to ugly pit bulls, we are safer in any zoo in america than our own neighborhoods, our own back yards and even our own homes.

fyi, i despise zoos.

Anonymous said...

In the Detroit case, the child was dragged into the back yard. All of the fatal maulings are horrific. For me, it is hard to fathom that these are actually true stories. They seem more like horror stories or twisted fables. Unfortunately, they're all too real, and we have disturbed people advocating for pit bulls.

I'm not a fan of zoos, or marine parks, or circuses.

BAM

Anonymous said...

UPDATE!

I have goosebumps!

There is a video of the hearing that took place on January 17, 2017. Ellen Taft is speaking on behalf of keeping the bans. OMG! SHE IS AMAZING!

It picks up at 45 minutes into the session. It starts out with Guy Palumbo, who is sponsoring the bill, (he owns a kennel, has never been bitten by a pit bull, but has been bitten by, 2 min pins, an Aussie cattle dog, Jack Russel Terriers, and a Chow Chow) so he wants to eliminate breed bans. Conflict of interest?

http://www.tvw.org/watch/?eventID=2017011206

scurrilous amateur blogger said...

thank you. watching now.

scurrilous amateur blogger said...

unfortunately, there is some misinformation presented by our side. first of all, ohio didn't have a state ban. they had a law that basically said pit bulls are differently dangerous.
secondly, pit bulls don't have 1800 psi.

Anonymous said...

The other unfortunate thing is, we were outnumbered. It's still true about the amount of deaths in Ohio. Somehow, death by pit bull is minimized in the minds of pit bull supporters. I'm so happy all of those people had positive experiences with pit bulls. It does not magically erase all of the bad experiences other people have had with pit bulls. It baffles me how a dog used in dog fighting, bred for that specific purpose, has to be "trained" to fight other dogs, according to Guy Palumbo. When people say things like that, I'd like for them to prove that a pit bull has been trained to fight another dog. Instead of accepting that such a thing happens naturally for a pit bull, they want to blame owners/trainers. No, that's like saying a Border Collie has to be trained to herd, or a Husky doesn't like winter. How do you train a Border Collie not to herd, or a Husky not to love winter? You can't! Nor can anyone train a pit bull to never fight, maul, or kill.

Guy Palumbo irritates me.

BAM

scurrilous amateur blogger said...

palumbo irritated me too. so much so that i tracked down his kennel website. and guess what? i didn't see a single photo of a pit bull at his facility. hmmmm.....

Anonymous said...

I didn't even think to do that! No wonder he's never been bitten by a pit bull.

Totally off topic, I just found this on youtube.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vbqUd4DPdMI

BAM

scurrilous amateur blogger said...

not to say that he doesn't accept pit bulls at his facility, i just found it interesting that he made a point of saying that his kennel cares for a lot of them, yet there are no photos.

thanks for the video link. i've lost count. this makes the third or the fourth morning tv anchor to be bitten during a puff piece.

Animal Uncontrol said...

Needz moar pitbull hatin