Website to Help Defeat Law Which Allows California Towns to Target Dog Breeds of Their Choosing

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This new website is devoted to helping California voters to overturn a new California law which allows any town in California to target any breed of dog they choose for forced sterilization. They need to collect 374,000 signatures by January 3rd to have a chance at repealing the law, so if you or someone you know lives in California, take note.

Says the site, “SB 861 was passed by the California legislature in October, 2005. Put plainly, SB 861 authorizes any California town to slowly remove from the dog population any breed of dog by allowing a town to require forced sterilization of any particular breed that they choose to target. While we believe that responsible pet owners should neuter or spay their dogs, we also believe that it is not up to a state or town to make that decision, and not on a breed-by-breed basis. In addition, having a particular breed targeted by a local law will make owning that particular breed less attractive, perhaps even intimidating (can you imagine having the police stop you every time you walk your dog so that they can inspect her belly, or look between his legs?) This of course will only hasten the town becoming free of that breed. Thus, while SB 861 claims to only be about sterilization, it truly is a law designed to help towns ban breeds.”


Regardless of where you stand on the question of neutering and spaying (personally I feel that all pets should be neutered or spayed), I think that most people would agree that allowing a few people, such as a town council, to decide that your dog must be forced sterilized, is wrong.

This law is of course a result of some much-publicized dog attacks on humans. But it’s not the dog’s fault that their owners trained them or mistreated them in such a way as cause them to attack, and certainly not their entire breed’s fault. How about a ban on stupid, irresponsible pet owners instead?

In any event, you can read about the new law, and the efforts to overturn it at http://www.Defeat861.com.

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7 thoughts on “Website to Help Defeat Law Which Allows California Towns to Target Dog Breeds of Their Choosing

  1. Well this seems to be a hot topic. I just can’t figure out what this law is supposed to accomplish. Steralizing an animal is not likely to change it’s behavior and make it no longer dangerious. Any breed of dog and any individual animal can in the right conditions become dangerious. The only dog bite that I have recieved was from a protective english sheepdog, not among the top ten breeds thought to be agressive. Like having everyone holding a oneway ticket in an airport take their shoes off it is a law created because someone said we must do something and since no one knew what to do the something was ineffectual and rather stupid. I think that neutering the owners would be more likely to have a positive result.

  2. I think Herbie has a very unstable personality. I would hope they locked Herbie up for gawking as the dog ravaged the child. The government needs to get it’s nose out of everybody’s butt crack.

  3. You might not see things this way if you had ever been attacked by a dog. Or if you had to watch your three-year old attacked by a dog. I have done both. Hypothetical situation – you have to make a choice between the life of a dog or the life of a human. If you have to think about this you are a scary person. No, I don’t hate or fear dogs, but if the state can dictate smoking, eating, and other “protect me” laws, then why not this. I think its a good thing. Incidentally, the state already makes genetic profiles on certain groups of people.

  4. I’ve wondred for the last few years how people are allowed to label a breed of dog as dangerous because that is their genetic profile. Yet were you to suggest such a thing about a group of people. you’ld be made to recant that view to the public as racist scum bag.

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