Kurly Writes in Florida Voices: Common Sense Trumps Raw Emotion on Miami’s Pit-Bull Ban

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Steven Kurlander: Common Sense Trumps Raw Emotion on Miami’s Pit-Bull Ban

Published in The Florida Voices on 8/17/2012




“‘I  think that if I were bit by a poodle, I wouldn’t have had to have eight  major reconstructive plastic surgeries,’ said Melissa Moreira, whose  mauling as a child prompted the ban and who continues to advocate for it  as an adult.”

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Owning a pit bull, as well as other animals prone to instinctually act violently, is fine for a responsible owner on a farm or even in suburban or rural areas. But not in Miami. That’s basic common sense.

by Steven Kurlander

In overwhelming fashion, Miami-Dade voters decided Tuesday to continue to ban pit bulls from the county.


The results show common sense still rules strong.


The campaign over pit bulls generated as much raw passion as any race or referendum out there, yet voters reaffirmed the 23-year-old ban by a wide margin: 63-37%.


This, despite the well-publicized efforts of Marlins pitcher Mark Buehrle and his wife, Jamie, avid pit bull owners who were forced to move to Broward County when he was traded last year to Miami because of the ban.


The ban has always made sense. In a crowded metropolitan area like Miami, the known risks to citizens from this breed of dog — and from irresponsible owners — outweigh the rights of responsible owners and the costs of enforcing the ban.


Still, the arguments against the ban were strong…Keep Reading 

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