Monday, October 11, 2010

100 Mile Walk for Pit Bulls - Denver

Denver's Pit Bull ban is the best example in the United States of a failed dangerous dog law.

Some highlights of the ban
* Nearly 4,000 nonviolent dogs who resemble Pit Bulls have been killed based on a physical assessment
* Pit Bulls are still the 2nd most common biter, preceded by Labrador Retrievers
* Denver is the only city in Colorado with the highest rates of hospitalizations due to dog bites
* Director Doug Kelley believes that people in wheelchairs or with epilepsy are not covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act AND that Denver is exempt from this federal law...this is wrong, not to mention ableist and discriminatory.
* Director Doug Kelley and several other "experts" have no evidence that the breed ban has worked
* Denver has spent hundreds of thousands of taxpayers dollars funding a law that no one seems to know whether it works or not (all evidence points to it doesn't).

Chef David Edelstein is going to walk 100 miles with his Pit Bulls from Colorado Springs to the edge of Denver county line (not past that, he could be arrested and his dogs confiscated, whoa America). This will be happening from October 18-23.

On October 23rd, at Cushing Park in Englewood, Colorado, locals (or anyone in the area) are invited to bring their well-behaved dogs to participate in National Pit Bull Awareness Day. You can read more information here.

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