A pit bull insurance law has been proposed in Tennessee. On March 16, WBIR reported that a State House committee will discuss the proposed bill that will have pit bull owners paying for liability insurance. Since these particular pets have pretty bad reputations, this bill makes sense. However, pit bull owners know better and think this bill is pretty ridiculous.
According to the report, the possible law will require pit bull owners to "carry a minimum insurance policy of $25,000 for liability against any injuries inflicted by the dog" (via WBIR). This may not seem like a large sum of money, but the amount isn't the problem -- the problem is the principal of the whole idea -- the singling out of this breed.
A pit bull insurance law sounds good to some people -- just an added cushion in case one of these dogs happens to attack another animal or a person. However, an insurance law could apply to all dogs, not just pit bulls. There is a chance that any dog can get vicious at any time... and insurance is meant to cover just that.
"Yes, this type of dog is a powerful dog and obviously if they were motivated to do harm they could. The issue should be controlling people who control the dogs," said East Tennessee Pit Bull Rescue (ETPBR) founder Wendy Jackson. A lot of people would agree with her 100% -- do you?
A pit bull insurance law could be implemented in more states if it is passed in Tennessee.
© Effie Orfanides 2013