Update -- August 8, 2018: Great news! Springfield hit the polls in full force yesterday, defeating Question 1 on the ballot by a margin on 68 percent to 32 percent. This victory is the result of the tireless efforts of local advocates who took action to put this question on the ballot and give voters the opportunity to preserve their right to adopt any breed of dog they choose. We applaud everyone who took a stand against this cruel, discriminatory law, by voting NO and we hope other municipalities will follow Springfield's lead to reject efforts that infringe upon the rights of responsible pet owners
Last October, the Springfield (MO) City Council narrowly passed a measure that left pit bulls and pit bull advocates unwelcome in your city. The new ordinance bans city residents from bringing new pit bull dogs into their homes and requires that pit bulls in Springfield prior to the ban be muzzled when outdoors.
This type of breed-specific legislation, also referred to as “BSL,” has been proven highly ineffective and costly to maintain in other jurisdictions. Following a thorough study of human fatalities resulting from dog bites, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) decided to strongly oppose BSL, citing the difficulty in identifying dog breeds and the inaccuracy of dog bite data.
Even worse, this ordinance dooms any pit bull-type dog entering your local shelter system to automatic euthanasia. This ban in no way keeps pets and people together or promotes a healthy human-animal bond.
Citizens and animal advocates of Springfield have recognized the danger that this ordinance poses. Between October 2 and 31, 2017, nearly 8,000 Springfield residents signed a petition to initiate a repeal of this harmful law. Thanks to their hard work, voters had the chance to overturn this cruel, discriminatory ordinance on August 7.
Thank you, Springfield, for voting NO on Question 1!