The 2009 Texas Legislative session is a flurry of activity.
While searching the state’s proposed new laws I came across HB925, a bill that seeks to make it a class C misdemeanor for a pit bull owner to allow an unsupervised minor to be unattended with a pit bull.
The bill defines “pit bull” as “any Staffordshire Bull
Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, American Pit Bull
Terrier, or any mixed breed of dog that exhibits distinguishing
characteristics that substantially conform to the American Kennel
Club or United Kennel Club standards for those breeds.”
HB925 states that a minor who is 15 years of age or younger may not handle or care for a pit bull breed of dog without adult supervision.
Should this breed specific legislation become law, pit bull owners in Texas who have children under 16 years of age will effectively be forced to get rid of their dogs or stay at home any time their children are at home.
It is yet another case of pandering to an over-hyped media blitz about this classic American dog breed.
What Houston Democrat (go figure!) state Representative Harold Dutton is proposing is just step one in the eradication of the pit bull breed in Texas.
If this bill becomes law, another one will be introduced as soon as a child is bitten by a Rottwieler or other breed. Eventually, all medium to large dog breeds will fall under a similar law.
There is no reason for Dutton to target this breed which scores in the top ten best temperament breeds nationally, other than that he is pandering for votes based on the decades of uniformed media hype.
Once he’s successfully eliminated the pit bull, the media will revive the old attacks on another breed. Maybe Rotwielers, Chows, or German Shepherds; and Dutton or others will go after them.
Perhaps he should just go for all dog breeds and get it over with.
See what happens if the Texas Legislature attempts to remove the liberty and rights of all dog owners by telling them they cannot leave any minor under 16 unattended with any dog.
Sorry, Timmy, you’ll have to stay in that well next time because Rep. Dutton says Lassie can’t accompany you any more.
You may think it doesn’t affect you, because you don’t own a pit bull. The issue at stake is freedom and liberty, not just bred specific legislation.
With the federal government working harder than ever to limit our liberty, can we afford to allow our state legislature to do the same?