Prohibition: Michigan pol seeks pit bull ban
History and research indicate it’s ill-advised, but Michigan is taking a look at giving prohibition another try, this time with pit bulls.
It would become illegal to keep a pit bull — and doing so could get you three months in prison — under a proposed bill in the state legislature.
Both frighteningly worded and frighteningly stupid, the bill was introduced Tuesday by Rep. Timothy Bledsoe.
House Bill 4714, aka the “Pit Bull Regulation and Prohibition Act,” would make breeding or selling a pit bull a crime one year after its passage. Four years after the bill’s passage, keeping an unsterilized pit bull would become a crime. Ten years after its passage, possessing a pit bull would be illegal.
Violating the pit bull law — either the restrictions or, in 10 years, the all out prohibition, would be a misdemeanor, punishable by imprisonment for not more than 93 days, community service for not more than 500 hours, or both. In addition, there would be a fine of $500 to $2,000.
The law doesn’t specify how authorities would relieve people of their pit bulls, or dispose of the dogs, but we’d assume — unless they have plans to establish concentration camps for them — it would be by lethal injection, or perhaps to be more cost-effective and efficient, a gas chamber.
(a) An American pit bull terrier
(b) An American Staffordshire bull terrier
(c) A Staffordshire bull terrier
(d) A dog displaying the majority of physical traits of any 1 or more of the breeds listed in subdivisions (a) to (c)
(e) A dog exhibiting those distinguishing characteristics which substantially conform to the standards established by the American Kennel Club or United Kennel Club for any 1 of the breeds listed in subdivisions (a) to (c)
We think that runs contrary to a civil society. We think that runs contrary to research on dangerous and vicious dogs. We think history proved prohibition doesn’t work.
Some jurisdictions that rushed to ban and restrict having pit bulls as pets are waking up to the error of their ways, Cleveland being one recent example.
Others keep outlawing, or trying to otherwise restrict them.
Prohibition didn’t work with alcohol, and it won’t work with pit bulls, because it’s not the booze — or the breed — that’s the problem. It’s the humans who misuse, abuse and take them to dangerous extremes.
Posted by jwoestendiek June 9th, 2011 under Muttsblog.
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