Pit bull activists in Michigan are trying to pass a state law preventing towns in Michigan from banning pit bulls. To send the following letter to the state committee examining this proposed law, just fill in your email address at the end, and click Send Now.
CC: Molly Wingrove, Committee Clerk
Dear Committee Members,
Please enter my email into public testimony to OPPOSE HB 4035.
HB 4035 compromises public safety and strips local governments of their authority to protect their residents.
Both the Michigan Municipal League and Michigan Township Association OPPOSE this preemption bill.
Waterford, Ypsilanti and the other communities in Michigan that have pit bull controls want to keep their breed safety ordinances. They have worked to keep their residents safe from serious dog attacks for many years.
Local governments should have the legal right to make public safety laws that they think best serve their citizens. It should be up to the individual local governments to decide if breed safety laws are affordable and enforceable for their jurisdictions.
More than 225 children have been killed by pit bull type-dogs. https://www.fatalpitbullattacks.com/children-killed-by-pit-bulls.php
Michigan had 3 deaths from pit bull attacks in 2019. Emma Hernandez, age 9, was killed by her neighbor’s 3 pet pit bulls in Detroit. Benjamin Cobb, age 4, was killed by a pet pit bull his mother was watching for a friend in his Hazel Park home. Brandy O’Dell, 41, of Bay City was killed by her two pit bulls in her home. There have been over 130 very severe attacks and maulings by pit bulls since 2016 alone.
You should be erring on the side of safety for Michigan’s children. When a consumer product causes injury and/or death to children, and generates comparable liability history, that product is taken off the market. Communities have every right to feel safe. If one type of dog is committing a disproportionate amount of violence, then it is reasonable to take preventive action. Reactive laws don’t prevent victims; someone gets hurt before anything is done.
The purpose of a breed specific ordinance is not to prevent bites, but to prevent maulings. Bites require band-aids or a few stitches; maulings require amputation, plastic surgery, rehabilitative therapy, or possibly caskets. Supporting breed specific legislation will increase public safety, decrease pit bull breeding and decrease the number flowing into and being euthanized at shelters.
25 medical peer-reviewed studies since 2011 prove that pit bull type-dogs are dangerous as pets. Level 1 trauma center dog bite studies from all geographical regions in the U.S. are reporting a higher prevalence of injuries from pit bull type dogs than all other breeds of dogs. In many cases, the studies also report that injuries from pit bulls have a higher severity of injury and require a greater number of operative interventions. https://www.nationalpitbullvictimawareness.org/wp-content/uploads/Articles-in-Refereed-Medical-Journals.pdf
Pit bulls have been bred for centuries to kill. They are the #1 canine killer of people, pets and livestock. They have a genetically inbred trait for unpredictable explosive aggression that cannot ever be trained out of them. They were bred to be lethal and they are — every day. Pit bulls kill more than ALL other breeds combined! We need breed safety laws to keep our communities safe.
Pit bulls are also the number one killer of our pets. Over 38,000 domestic animals are killed every year by pit bulls (for comparison: 10,000 people are killed by drunk drivers every year)? Our pets are getting slaughtered in our neighborhoods. These devastated people who lose their pets suffer from PTSD. Absolutely nothing is being done about it by our elected officials.
To see the sheer scope of pit bull attacks severe enough to make the news, please take 1 minute to review this listing: https://www.nationalpitbullvictimawareness.org/attacks/pit-bull-attack-database .
Shouldn’t our legislators be protecting the safety of Michigan residents instead of dangerous dogs?
Thank you for your attention to this serious matter.
Michigan please OPPOSE HB 4035Read the petition