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Breed Specific Legislation in New Mexico

Speaking of New Mexico, there’s a bill pending to ban the breeding of pit bulls. This could be hard to do since pit bulls aren’t a breed:

The breeding of pit bulls could be banned statewide as early as July, if a bill proposed by a state senator is passed into law.

Under a bill proposed by Sen. Sue Wilson Beffort, breeding of pit bulls will be prohibited, owners of pit bulls will be required to neuter or spay the dogs and new pit bulls will not be permitted in New Mexico after July 1, 2005.

The attempt is for an outright ban. The bill goes a step further:

In an explanation of the bill, breeds such as Akitas, Malamutes, Bulldogs, Boxers, Canary dogs, Chow Chows, Dobermans, German Shepherds, Danes, Huskies and Rottweilers are classified as dangerous dogs.

How about classifying actual dogs that have proven to be dangerous as dangerous? The bill has two good points in that it increases fines for dog bites and dog fighting.

3 Responses to “Breed Specific Legislation in New Mexico”

  1. CJ Says:

    Those damn German Shepherds!!!! I hope them police and them police dogs get the message!!!!

    And I suppose my little pit bull mix named Swirl will be unwelcome in New Mexico. The one that doesn’t bark, has never bitten a sole and is scared of the dark… yeah, she’s a real threat to New Mexico!

  2. Fox Says:

    Heeeey… I was going to get a malamute… hadn’t heard about this bill yet. Of course, NM’s a big liberal state, so I [unfortunately] fully expect this to pass. NM only very recently became a shall issue state, but they intentionally set their regulations stricter than almost every other I’ve heard of. I’ve got a completely clear record and they’re giving me a hard time because I don’t have a NM driver’s license. They’re saying that I’m not really a resident without one, even though I have orders from the DoAF bringing me here, which is what ATF recognizes for me to buy a firearm… this is the trouble with new laws.

  3. Mario Burgos Says:

    I had fun playing with the absurdity of this “Canine Genocide” law on my site Each day we get closer to the legislative session, you can expect to see more and more misguided laws announced.

Remember, I do this to entertain me, not you.

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