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Voting on Pits in Florida's Miami-Dade County
We are seeing more and more people speak out against breed specific legislature while at the same time seeing more backlash against them. Advocate groups such as Dogsbite.org and Families and Dogs Against Dangerous Breeds want people to believe that the risk isn't worth the reward when it comes to owning dogs. However, what they fail to mention is that regardless of the breed, if you own a dog and have kids in the home you are putting your children at risk of being bitten and having serious damage done. They only like to point out the problems they see when the dog is an American Pit Bull Terrier or a similar breed.
These groups today are gearing up to attack Miami-Dade County in Florida if the people vote to remove breed specific laws from the books. Their debate is one that has long been used by other groups to condemn other breeds throughout history. With the change in the targeted breed we also see how technology has been fueling their campaigns. Facebook and Twitter along with personal and community blogs have been seeing an increase in the bullying tactics of these groups especially as local governments move to vote on new laws coming in or old laws being removed.
For the last 23 years Miami-Dade, Florida has had a law on the books that bans its residents from owning Pit Bulls and Pit Bull "type" dogs. Today, things may change. In a vote by the county commissioners, the decision has been left up to the people whether or not to keep the current law. If issue 500 receives enough yes votes tonight then Miami-Dade County will make Florida a Breed Specific Legislature Free state.
The backlash, if issue 500 passes, will not come lightly and will be seen as early as tomorrow morning. Advocate and activist groups against Pit Bulls have a history of speaking out against governments and supports of Pit Bulls rather quickly. After a recent Maryland decision we were seeing the blogs, Facebook pages and even news outlets being flooded by angry people, many of which don't even reside in the area in question. Miami-Dade County should be prepared if they do receive enough votes to remove the law.