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April 23, 2009 at 4:30 PM

Supreme Court debates dogfights

Why not ban fighting breeds?

The article “Dogfight videos to get day in top court” [News, April 21] raised some interesting questions about the limits of governmental control in free-speech issues.

Quite rightly, the appeals court has decided that banning videos of dogfighting is against the First Amendment. What seems odd to me is that Congress chose to ban the recording of dogfights, but not the perpetrators of dogfights –dogs like pit-bulls and those dogs defined by the American Kennel Association as fighting breeds.

Many countries in the world and states in the U.S. have banned fighting breeds. No doubt the pit-bull apologists will paraphrase their slogan, “It isn’t dogs who kill, it is people,” and say, “It isn’t dogs who cause dogfights, it’s people.” Possibly, but getting rid of fighting dogs would go a long way to prevent dogfights.

— Ellen Taft, Families and Dogs Against Fighting Breeds, Seattle

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