Expressing concern about the “very real risk” of childhood injury, the mayor of Denver said he would veto a measure approved by the city council that would have abolished the city’s 30-year-old ban on bullfighters.
The mayor, Michael B. Hancock, he received enthusiastic comments from thousands of residents on both sides of the case, but he could “with a good conscience” not sign the cancellation, which the city council passed on Monday.
“At the end of the day, I must ask whether passing this decree will make our homes and neighborhoods safer or pose an increasing threat to public safety,” Mr. Hancock wrote in a letter to the city council, which Spread On his Twitter account. “I have concluded that it will pose an increased risk.”
Pit pit bulls were banned in Denver City and County in August 1989, after what Mr. Hancock said had been several fatal attacks, including one that he said had killed a two-year-old.
Mr. Hancock said he was still concerned that the proposed abolition did not “fully address the very real risk of serious injury that could result from attacks from specific dog breeds, especially if it occurs to a child.”
“The truth is that irresponsible pet owners still pose a problem,” he wrote, saying, “It is the irresponsible owners and their dogs that I have to take into account when assessing the overall effect of this decree.”
The measure was approved by the city council by 7 votes to 4, which is less than nine votes required to override the veto in the municipality. Under the proposal, their owners were required to apply for a restricted breeder license and register their bull pit with Denver Animal Protection.
Council member Christopher Herndon, who sponsored the proposal, said that if the override fails on Tuesday, he will seek to lift the ban in the November ballot.
“I was disappointed that the mayor chooses to ignore the science on the issue of breed legislation,” Herndon said in a statement. “Research tells us that breed legislation is ineffective in maintaining the integrity of societies, and experts in this field – from the local to the national level – agree that it is no longer a best practice.”
Pit bulls have long been as offensive dogs and fighters very hostile to living near humans. According to the National Bull Victim Education, a campaign to protect victims of taurus attacks, more than 900 cities in the United States have legislation specifically related to dog breeds.
American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals He has statedHowever, he was unaware of evidence that breed laws make societies safer for humans or their pets.
Dogs classified as “pit bulls” often include the American bull terrier, the Staffordshire terrier, the Staffordshire terrier and other mixed breeds.
Laura Holson contributed to the reporting.