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article imageOp-Ed: American Bar Association believes breedism is wrong

By Ernest Dempsey     Sep 6, 2012 in World
Washington - In the middle of the fight for redeeming pit bulls of deadly discrimination, another landmark victor materialized last month in the form of a resolution calling for adopting breed-neutral dog laws.
The Resolution 100 was passed last month by the American Bar Association (ABA) House of Delegates. The resolution urges all state and local governments across the country to adopt laws that judge a dog on the basis of its behavior and not on its appearance or breed. In addition, that dangerous dog law should focus both on dog owner and dogs. In effect, it implies that law should also take into consideration the way the owner has brought the dog up and the situation in which a dog behaved aggressively, instead of declaring a dog dangerous simply because it bit or attacked somebody.
This truly is some major progress in the state of legal code for dogs reported aggressive. Pit bulls in particular have been the victim of bad neighbors, judicial prejudice, loose cops, and unfair animal control judgments. While Ohio made history early this year by giving up BSL (Breed-Specific Legislation), a lot is to be done across the United States to put BSL on leash and let pit bulls and other victims of this senseless law free from the constant threat of wrongly seizing them and putting them down by the judgment of animal control or via costly judicial trials – the costs borne by the owner of the victim canine.
By passing the Resolution 100, ABA has exhibited their recognition of the BSL issue as a problem impeding justice. Those in the legal profession believe that BSL is wrong and has no right to exist. Owners should be free to have a dog as a pet regardless of its breed. This resolution therefore is a landmark step toward a better judicial system, and hopefully the state and local governments will consider making it a law to look at cases of complaints against dogs without the lens of breed-specific prejudice over their eyes.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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