Letter: Dangerous breed bill flawed

February 3, 2014 

Regarding House Bill 2117. which would ban certain dogs declared as dangerous based on their breed.

Rep. Chris Reykdal, D-Tumwater, co-sponsor, states that we would never declare fighting chickens as violent creatures. Reykdal obviously has never been near a chicken coop, holding fighting cocks! They have to be separated or they'll kill one another.

Rep. Sherry Appleton, D-Poulsbo, the bill's primary sponsor asks, "Are we going to ban Snoopy?" No, actually we are not going to ban Snoopy; Snoopy is not the kind of dog that is bred to fight. Pit bulls and Rottweilers are.

Hunting dogs, (setters, pointers, etc.), are bred to hunt birds. I used to laugh, watching my English Setter point chickens. They will hunt, whether there is a human around them or not. Herding dogs, (blue heelers, boarder collies, etc.), are bred to herd. They will herd anything they can, yes, even chickens. Dogs like them will herd, whether there is a human around them or not.

The reason pit bulls have pit in their name, is that they were bred to be thrown in a pit with another dog to fight to the death. Many of these dogs will kill or maim, whether there is a human around or not. We frequently read about it in the newspapers.

These two esteemed state representatives have not done their homework. If there is any killing to be done; it should be their bill.

RICHARD OLSEN, Prosser

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