Repeal Ohio's Breed Specific Legislation sign now

This is a petition to present to the Ohio General Assembly to remove Section 955.11.A.4.a.iii of The Ohio Revised Code. By doing such removal, the state of Ohio will not deem any breed of dog vicious.

There have many studies that refute the underlying belief that any breed of dog is inherently violent. "Pit Bulls" are used as police dogs, war dogs, search and rescue dogs, therapy dogs, and service dogs. Temperament testing by the American Temperament Testing Society has shown that the Pit Bull category of dog actually ranks the 4th highest percent passed in temperament testing. Meaning that the pit bull is less likely to bite than other breeds such as the Border Collie.

It's time that the State of Ohio recognizes that the breed of dog is not at fault in deadly attacks. Rather, it is the owner. Instead of legislating the breed of dog by saying the breed is inherently dangerous, laws should be written that severely punish the irresponsibility of any breed owner. The State of Ohio should crack down on dog fighting rings. All dogs can bite. All dogs can kill. Since 1998, the breed of dog involved in the most fatalities is the Rottweiler, not the pit bull.

Some alarming statistics: every year in the United States 440,000 people will die from cigarettes, 40,000 people die in car crashes, 38,000 children die from gun related injuries, 2,000 children are killed by their parents, 3 are killed by pit bulls. Where does the real epidemic lie?

Some more numbers:
1.) Since 1998, the breed most involved in fatal attacks has been the
Rottweiler, not the pit bull.

2.) Although there are no accurate or even near accurate census records
for dogs in the U.S., in some populations pit bulls are estimated to
comprise some 30-40\% of the dog population, making it by FAR the most
popular breed. Considering that there are an estimated 53,000,000 dogs
in the U.S., and assuming that pit bulls make up 20\% of that population,
there would be approximately 10,600,000 pit bulls in our society. In
1998, five pit bulls were involved in 2 fatal attacks. That is roughly
ONE dog out of 2,120,000 - or .00004716 percent of the pit bull

3.) Over the 32-year period from 1965-2001, pit bulls have been blamed
for an average of 2.48 human fatalities per year.

4.) About 40 people (children) per year die by drowning in 5-gallon
water pails. A person, during their lifetime, is 16 times more likely to
drown in a 5-gallon water pail than to be killed by a pit bull.

5.) Approximately 50 children in the US are killed every year by their
cribs - 25 times the number of children and adults killed by pit bulls.

6.) Approximately 150 people are killed every year by falling coconuts.
Therefore, you are more than 60 TIMES MORE LIKELY to be killed by a PALM
TREE than a pit bull.

7.) Each year, 350 people drown in their bathtubs. You are 151 times
more likely to be killed by your bathtub than you are by a pit bull.

8.) Every year, more than 2,000 children in the U.S. are killed by their
parents or guardians either through abuse or neglect. A child is more
than 800 times more likely to be killed by their caretaker than by a pit

9.) It is estimated that 5,000,000 dogs per year are killed in shelters.
Since in many places pit bulls make up 30-50\% of the shelter population,
and are less likely to be considered for placement than any other breed,
guessing that 25\% of those dogs killed are pit bulls is a very
conservative estimate. Therefore, it can be assumed that roughly
1,250,000 pit bulls are killed per year.
Therefore - it is at least a HALF MILLION TIMES MORE LIKELY that a pit
bull will be killed by a HUMAN than the other way around.

10.) It can be estimated that for every pit bull who kills, there are
10.5 MILLION that DON'T.
This country wants to ban/destroy 10.5 million innocent dogs for the actions of 0.94\% of its category?

Does that seem fair to you? We as a society need to place the punishment where it belongs, on the owner. We need to punish the deed, not the breed. Everyone needs to educate themselves before making a drastic decision. For every negative story shown for a pit bull, there are countless positive stories that the media refuses to show simply because it makes "bad" news.

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