Vote Miami

July 16, 2012  

This August, Miami has the chance to overturn a quarter century of breed-discriminatory legislation

By Ginger Monteleone

In 1989, Miami-Dade’s county commissioners placed a ban on pit bulls. It was an emotional response to a highly publicized attack. This decision was made on a Tuesday evening without consulting any animal welfare professionals, vets, trainers or behaviorists. Almost 25 years later, the county still has one of the harshest breed-discriminatory laws in the nation. But why haven’t our dog bites statistics gone down? Why are we considerably higher than other cities such as Minneapolis, New York City, and Baltimore, which do not have breed-discriminatory legislation? (For more information, see this PDF from the National Canine Research Council.)

Evidence has shown that breed-discriminatory legislation does not work and is expensive to enforce. Miami’s law gives the residents a false sense of security. The Miami Coalition Against Breed Specific Legislation (MCABSL) has been trying to bring this to light since 2007. Now that our residents have been taught to fear anything that resembles a pit bull, the burden of educating the public is on advocacy groups like MCABSL. And with a confusing question on the ballot, they need all the help they can get.

The ballot question reads as follows: “Shall the ordinance repealing the county’s 23 year old law prohibiting the ownership of pit bulls as a dangerous breed of dogs become effective?” Your answer should be YES to remove the ban!

Volunteers from all over the city have come together for the love of their dogs. Some are rescuers, some are from the veterinary field, and some are just everyday families trying to protect one of their family members.

How can you help? Go to the website and become a member. It’s free to join. If you are in any of the surrounding areas, sign up to volunteer at a polling station on Aug. 14. Fifty-thousand flyers have been printed and are ready to be distributed. Sign up to volunteer for the MCABSL political campaign.

Advocates now have a unique opportunity to end almost 25 years of discrimination. On Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2012, Miami-Dade residents will vote whether or not they would like to keep the ban in place. Voters must be registered by July 16. Click here for voter registration information. Registered voters can also request an absentee ballot.

Schedule of events:

July 18, 2012, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Educational Seminar: Miami’s Breed Ban and How It Affects You! This seminar will be open to the public, so be sure you come early to get your spot in the Golden Room at Florida National College in Hialeah. Florida National College (Golden Room), 4425 West 20th Ave., Hialeah, FL 33012

July 29, 2012

MCABSL Pit Bull BBQ and Final Campaign Kickoff

C. B. Smith Park, 900 Flamingo Rd., Pembroke Pines, Fl. 33028

Festivities commence at 10 a.m.

Visit MCABSL on Facebook.

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8 Responses to “Vote Miami”
  1. A CHANGE has come!

  2. Go supporters, go! Can’t wait to see this pointless law be changed in Miami. We’d be one step closer to dismantling breed bans across the country.

    • StubbyDog says:

      annedreshfield Absolutely Anne, we will just all work together tackling BDL in every town until it is gone forever everywhere. 

    • JayneRipLennoxMatthews says:

      annedreshfield Hell, we’d be one step closer to dismantling breed bans globally.  I would love to see this happen everywhere plus it would be one in the eye for Belfast City Council who would no longer be able to kill indiscriminately

  3. DonnaMarieDavis says:

    I can only show my support through this, so I VOTE YES !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. lagomorphmom says:

    Sadly, Baltimore recently adopted BSL.You can read a synopsis on this wonderful blog that I follow:

    • StubbyDog says:

      lagomorphmom We know, and we also know there are people and organizations working hard to overturn the BDL there too. In the coming weeks you will see more stories about this. Thanks.