LANSING (AP) — No bans on pit bulls allowed, Michigan’s Senate says.

The chamber voted 22-13 on Thursday to prohibit local governments from dictating breed-specific regulations on dogs. The legislation will benefit canines that are perceived as more aggressive — mostly pit bulls, but also Rottweilers, German Shepherds and Cane Corsos.

About 30 local governments have some form of breed-specific ordinances, which supporters of the bill say encroaches on dog owners’ property rights. Targeting specific breeds is also not an effective approach to dog bite prevention, they say. A 2014 American Veterinary Medical Association report says pit bulls are not disproportionately dangerous.

However, critics of the bill mention that pit bulls are behind most fatal dog bites.

At least 20 states already prohibit such breed-specific policies. Michigan’s bill now heads to the House.

Comments (7)
  1. Harve Morgan says:

    The question these days is no longer how to save the pit bull, but rather how to save ourselves from the pit bull. This is a stupid move bought and paid for by certain elements who hire a stable of attorneys and lobbyists to influence such legislation. Wonder how much this legislation is costing?

  2. KR Stone says:

    This isn’t a news article; it’s a propaganda piece. Since there is not a reporter’s name listed, it was most likely written by the public relations company Best Friends hired to lobby for this bill.

  3. James Duncan says:

    Extremely shortsighted and ignore-ant. Animal control laws almost everywhere were established when the thought of a pet dog killing or maiming someone was outside of everyone’s experience. Young people tend to imagine that dog attack violence is normal, because they never knew a time when it was not. There’s no doubt that the violent aggression potential deliberately bred into pit bulls (Google “pit bull history”) can eventually be bred out just the same. However, it’s morally unacceptable that over years and decades, thousands of children, grownups, other pets, and various livestock animals must be mauled, often to death, while waiting for a pit bull genetic violent trait dilution.

    The US Military bans pit bulls in all housing worldwide. Personnel can have the most powerful arms but not pit bulls unless they find an accepting off-base rental. Do YouTube “pit bull attack” to see cell phone videos of real world violent pit bull attacks.

    I’m dismayed by this political decision. In the longer run, they’ll have blood on their hands.

  4. Bob Cronk says:

    I was in the military and I would say going by what they in act is at best stupid. Enforcing leash laws and tethering laws is much more effective way to control dog bites and attacks.

  5. James Duncan says:

    Is that just your opinion and feeling, or have you done some study on the topic? Daily US pit bull attacks on humans and other animals are often gruesome and bloody, resulting often in large insurance payouts and judicial prosecution. Check out “pit bull attack” in Google, then click “News” on any day. Most of the many daily reported mauling events involve 4-7 figure total bills for injury, trauma, disfigurement, plastic surgery, rehab, and often life flights. How many chihuahua bites require a life flight? Typically, these expenses are covered by the health care system and taxpayers. Does that bother you at all?

  6. When someone’s property rights encroach on other’s safety, the government has a right to create laws.

  7. This anti-Bite Safety Law BSL Bill will endanger millions of children and pets and should never have gotten so far in the Political Process. If anything, the State should provide a framework for BSL requiring Vets and Doctors to report all severe level 4, 5, 6 bites to a State insurance and microchipping database. Every power breed owner should have mandatory liability insurance and pay higher licensing fees to keep fighting dog population down. If this anti-BSL Bill is signed in by the Governor; the fighting dog population will explode endangering family neighborhoods.

    It is clear this NZ Vet is confusing level 1, 2, 3 BITES with SEVERE level 4, 5, 6 gripping and ripping BITES.

    If people don’t want blanket bans on breeding, importing, and selling of power bred phenotype dogs that transmogrify in the blink of an eye from play to slay; then they need to STOP SPREADING THE NANNY DOG LIES that have caused 223 children to DIE in North America by pet Pit bulls including 3 children in Ontario and 89 children by pet Rottweilers including a 4 year old boy in Maple Ridge, BC Canada. Pit bulls and Rottweilers do share the same steel trap jawed phenotype and should always wear muzzles in public and private unless locked in a child proof doghouse.

    The largest insurance carrier State Farm says the same on their site. I found this dog bite insurance information which clearly shows a map of the Anti-BSL States with the most claims of California and Florida which points to a Pit bull Breed Safety Law problem.

    wwwstatefarm com/simple-insights/family/dogs-and-kids-getting-the-facts-and-myths-about-bite-risks

    Here is another link from State Farm on how having insurance is important for being a responsible owner; especially if renting. State Farm is the only carrier that I know of that doesn’t exclude Pit bulls and Rottweilers.

    “…Insurance is an important aspect to being a responsible dog owner. When renting a property make sure to have rental insurance because most landlords do not provide coverage should there be a dog bite incident. If you are a homeowner, talk to your insurance agent about what is covered under a standard homeowner policy related to dogs…”

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