[CORRECTION: The legislation would make ownership of a host of breed types illegal, saying:
(2) "Pit bull dog" means any pit bull terrier; and
(3) "Pit bull terrier" means any American pit bull terrier, Staffordshire bull
terrier, American bulldog or American Staffordshire terrier breed of dog or any
mixed breed of dog which contains as fifty percent (50%) of its breeding the
breed of American pit bull terrier, Staffordshire bull terrier, American bulldog or
American Staffordshire terrier, so as to be identifiable as partially of the breed
American pit bull terrier, Staffordshire bull terrier, American bulldog or American
What I do know is this - it's a lousy idea. Such ideas are often called BSLs, or Breed Specific Legislation. I say it is just BS Legislation, which does come from an animal, yes, but why would anyone want BS in their laws??
SB 2738 says even if the dog is only partially a pit bull, it would be illegal to own.
I'm happy to see several folks who blog already calling the bill out as a bad idea and a waste of time - Say Uncle, Aunt B., Michael Silence, and Newscoma just for starters (Add this list of folks opposing the bill from ACK at Volunteer Voters). It shouldn't be a crime to own any kind of dog. (Are you catching on yet, Sen. Kilby?)
What is a crime? Dogfighting - which is sadly too evident in Tennessee. As the National Sheriff's Association reported when urging Congress to toughen dogfighting laws:
"There are an estimated 40,000 professional dogfighters who sell their fighting dogs nationwide and cockfighting is multi-million dollar business. The massive, criminal network of animal fighters impacts not only the thousands of animals who are subjected to the cruelties of animal fighting, but communities nationwide and law enforcement which must address, at great cost, the crimes associated with it including illegal gambling, drug dealing and even murder.
On average, there has been a murder related to animal fighting every month this year."
A dog does not volunteer to help humans gamble on their lives. Humans force dogs into those hellish competitions.
There are a whole list of reasonable and effective ways to address a reduction in dog bites/attacks right here which I am emailing Sen. Kilby.
Here's the contact info for Senator Kilby:
118 Henry Heidel Lane
Wartburg, TN 37887
10A Legislative Plaza
Nashville, TN 37243-0212
Phone (615) 741-1449
Fax (615) 253-0237
Staff Contact: Nadine Korby, Jeremy Davis, Research Analyst