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Mass. Gov. Patrick is making strides in BSL

Updated on August 25, 2012

Boston officials have been backed into a corner by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick. Gov. Patrick signed a new animal rights bill into effect which will wipe out the current Pit Bull laws in Boston and other areas around the state. The new law will prevent cities from making any breed specific laws or ordinances, harsher punishments for animal abuse, and also allows people to include pets in protection orders that pertain to domestic violence cases.

City Counsel member Robert Consalvo is one of the officials that is angered by the new bill saying "We know what's best for Boston, not the 200 people in the Legislature."

In 2004 Consalvo wrote the laws pertaining to Pit Bulls that are currently in effect, after multiple attacks between 2003 and 2004. He pushed for the ban and restrictions on the breed. Now his hard work is being dismissed and he plans to fight it.

Breed Specific Legislature

BSL is a way for governments to regulate specific breeds, the main focus of breed specific legislature is the American Pit Bull Terrier and other breeds primarily used in dog fighting. Many local governments, however, have found the BSL doesn't improve bite and attack statics and only harms responsible pet owners and good dogs.

Experts from the CDC and the American Medical Veterinary Association have stated numerous times that the breed of a dog does not determine if a dog is dangerous or vicious. Dogs are a product of training and environment and should be given equal opportunities to be in loving homes regardless of the breed. Stricter laws that punish owners for animal abuse, neglect and using an animal as a weapon who greatly reduce the number of dog attacks while not punishing responsible dog owners.

Massachusetts is making leaps in the right direction for animal rights and welfare. Governor Deval Patrick may not be a favorite amount political leaders in the state right now but has taken an amazing stand on breed specific legislature.

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    • Larry Fields profile image

      Larry Fields 

      6 years ago from Northern California

      My neighbor's daughter owns a Staffordshire Bull Terrier, named Mack. Staffies are similar to Pitbulls, but somewhat smaller.

      I've taken Mack out for walks in the neighborhood a few times. He's a nice dog.

      My take on BSL is nonstandard. I think that Neanderthal hybrids like Consalvo should be discouraged from holding elective office.

      Studies in recent years have shown that some modern humans have distant Neanderthal in their family trees. And yes, it's possible to test for Neanderthal DNA.

      There should be a legally defined threshold for percentage of Neanderthal DNA. Anyone who crosses that threshold, and who registers to run for public office, should be labeled as a mixed Neanderthal breed. That warning label should be prominently displayed next to the candidate's name in the voter pamphlets that Massachusetts residents receive in the mail.

      Do you think that idea will catch on? Voted up.

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