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Entire State of Tenn Pits will be banned SB2738

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Piglet

Just a Truckin'- little Piggy
 
 
Barked: Thu Jan 17, '08 11:05am PST 
Please be advised that Senator Tommy Kilby has presented a bill to the senate to pass that will OUTLAW ownership on any Pit Bulls (see the outline of the bill to get detailed explaination of what they consider a pit bull), as well as any animal that is 50% Pit Mix.

Owners will be charged with a Class A Misdemeanor (Higher charge than if you were to go watch an ILLEGAL dog fight), and your animals will be siezed and turned over to the human society to be destroyed!!!

We need everyone's support FIGHTING this BILL!

We moved to Tenn so we'd have a better life, and now we could be killed due to this move!!!

Is that fair if our parents are responsible dog owners!

Blame the DEED, not the BREED!!!!!

Edited by author Thu Jan 17, '08 11:05am PST

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Our Gang

575959
 
 
Barked: Thu Jan 17, '08 11:34am PST 
Your voice is a powerful tool for animals in need... and it is needed now! Please read on for information about the proposed breed ban for the state of Tennessee... then please make your voice heard!






TN Senate Bill 2738 has just been introduced by Senator Tommy Kilby, proposing to make it a Class A Misdemeanor to knowingly own "pit bull" or any dog that is deemed at least "50% pit bull".

Ironically enough, says Jodi Preis of Bless the Bullys, "Being a spectator at a dog fight is only a Class C Misdemeanor in Tennessee. The passing of SB2738 would actually make being a responsible, loving "pit bull" owner a more severe crime with harsher penalties than participating in a dog fight."

So what can YOU do to help save the many affectionate, loyal, loving and well-behaved pit bulls that call Tennessee home? And even still, what can you do to ensure that a responsible, loving pit bull guardian never has to know the tragedy of being faced with turning over their beloved and innocent best friends? (Best friends such as Bobo, pictured above with his human sibling, who is a loving member of the Wike family in Sumner County.)

According to Preis, you can take a stand and make your voice heard. However, while emotions can easily fly on an issue such as this, she reminds animal advocates to remain calm, collected and to stick to the facts when voicing our concerns. After all, presenting a well-researched argument backed by documented facts will help our cause much more than allowing our emotions and our words to get out of control.

"It is very important for everyone to contact the members of the Committee with polite and respectful opposition to this bill," she says. "It is too early to flood the entire Tennessee Legislature with our opposition. If the bill gets out of committee, we will then want to expand our opposition."

Preis offers the following resources for contacting the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Contacts:

Senator Beverly Marrerro
11A Legislative Plaza
Nashville, Tennessee 37243-0030
Tel: (615) 741-9128

Senator Diane Black
306 War Memorial Bldg.
Nashville, Tennessee 37243-0218
Tel: 615) 741-1999

Senator Doug Jackson, Judiciary Committee V. Chair
10 Legislative Plaza
Dickson, Tennessee 37243-0025
Tel: (615) 741-4499
Fax: (615) 741-8745

Senator James F. Kyle Jr.
9A Legislative Plaza
Nashville, Tennessee 37243-0028
Tel: (615) 741-4167
Fax: (615) 253-0221

Senator Jamie Woodson, Sec. S.J. Committee, et.al
309 War Memorial Bldg.
Nashville, Tennessee 37243-0206
Tel: (615) 741-1648
Fax: (615) 253-0270

Senator John Wilder
13 Legislative Plaza
Nashville, Tennessee 37243
Tel: (615) 741-2368
Fax: (615) 253-0211

Senator Mae Beavers, Judiciary Committee Chair
308 War Memorial Bldg.
Nashville, Tennessee 37243-0217
Tel: (615) 754-4632
Fax: (615) 741-2421

Senator Mark Norris
303 War Memorial Building
Nashville, Tennessee 37243-0032
Tel: (615) 741-1967
Fax: (615) 253-0194

Senator Paul Stanley
302 War Memorial Building
Nashville, Tennessee 37243
Tel: (615) 741-3036
Fax: (615) 741-1005

Quick E-Mail List
sen.mae.beavers@legislature.state.tn.us
sen.diane.black@legis lature.state.tn.us
sen.beverly.marrero@legislature.state.tn.us
sen .paul.stanley@legislature.state.tn.us
sen.james.kyle@legislature.st ate.tn.us
sen.jamie.woodson@legislature.state.tn.us
sen.john.wilde r@legislature.state.tn.us
sen.mark.norris@legislature.state.tn.us
sen.doug.jackson@legislature.state.tn.us

Senator Kilby can be contacted at:
sen.tommy.kilby@legislature.state.tn.us
10A Legislative Plaza
Nashville, TN 37243-0212
Phone (615) 741-1449
Fax (615) 253-0237
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Chipper

Play, play, play- 24/7
 
 
Barked: Thu Jan 17, '08 11:36am PST 
This is a disaster. :-(

Tennessee is not safe for us anymore..
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Georgie

I Hate Rain
 
 
Barked: Thu Jan 17, '08 12:05pm PST 
oooh the email list is especially helpful.
i'm so disgusted by people.
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Lita

 
 
Barked: Thu Jan 17, '08 12:09pm PST 
not from tennesee but still scary frown
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Pippi- Longstocking

Got treats?
 
 
Barked: Thu Jan 17, '08 12:51pm PST 
Try getting in touch with CHAKO. That would be www.chako.org. They did a documentary on BSL here in San Francisco and the film maker is a Bully owner from TN.
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Kitai

Chia Kitai!
 
 
Barked: Thu Jan 17, '08 1:30pm PST 
Does anyone know the current laws regarding Pit Bulls in TN?

Do they have any special requirements for ownership in the form of breed restrictions?
Do they have mandatory spay and neuter for Pit Bulls in place already?
What about breed restrictions to other Bully Breeds?
Do they have a Dangerous Dog Act?

I'd like to call the committee but don't have time to research these points myself. Really busy this week. If anyone can post answers to one or all of these questions I'd very much appreciate it.

way to go
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Our Gang

575959
 
 
Barked: Thu Jan 17, '08 1:55pm PST 
At the state level Tennessee mandates spay and neuter for all dogs adopted from shelters or other government agencies. There is nothing in the state code dealing with confinement of animals or anything regarding dangerous or vicious dogs.

There is BSL mandated in a few cities within the state
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Hershey

I'm sticking my- tongue out at- you!
 
 
Barked: Thu Jan 17, '08 4:23pm PST 
They can't do this. We like Tennessee. We go to Tennessee every 6 months and want to move there. I can't vote on it since Im not there....but they can't do that!!
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Piglet

Just a Truckin'- little Piggy
 
 
Barked: Thu Jan 17, '08 6:50pm PST 
Dear Hershey and all other out of state pups!

Your voice is just as important to all us bullies in Tenn.

Just like our voice is heard when BSL is trying to be introduced into legislation.

Tourist dollars being withdrawn from the State of Tenn will effect Nashville where the legislation is being proposed for the state wide ban!!!

We posted this with the hopes of getting the word out to all pups and their families to help us and make everyone aware that it can happen at any time and any place, for BSL to pop up.

A friend of ours called the State house, and this Senator, is being sneaky (imagine that!) and some of the other reps secretaries were not even aware the bill had been introduced and proposed.

Senator Kilby is trying to push it through the back door, and probable believe that most Tenn voters are ignorant, and "irresponsible" dog owners, and unaware of BSL alerts that are sent out across the nation.

We beg and plead with all that care about this injustice to send a "PLEASANT" well rounded REBUKE, to this bill, and ask for a STRICT, firm law for RESPONSIBLE dog ownership, regardless of the breed.

You can find a list of all the senators email addresses listed under the posting provided by "OUR GANG" above!

Keep us in your pup prayers!

Our mom and Dad moved all five of us here to give us a better life, not sentence us to a death sentence!!!

Edited by author Thu Jan 17, '08 6:53pm PST

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