Owners of pit bulls may soon be upset in Tennessee, as a Pit Bull insurance law may soon go into effect. If the proposed bill does pass, owners of Pit Bulls would be required to carry an insurance policy in the event that their dog attacks another person.
On Sunday, March 17, people across the nation began zeroing in on Tennessee to see what they might do about this proposed law. That’s because, beginning next week, a State House committee will discuss a proposed bill that may impact any current or future Pit Bull owners who reside in the Music City.
So what’s the proposed bill, exactly? Well, Rep. Brenda Gilmore has sponsored what is being referred to as House Bill 621. What House Bill 21 is proposing is to require owners of Pit Bulls to carry a minimum insurance policy of "$25,000 for liability against any injuries inflicted by the dog."
Pit Bulls continue to carry an ugly stigma in America. While some believe that any aggression from a Pit Bull is due to how the owner may have mistreated the animal, other people within this debate think otherwise.
In fact, a large contingent of Americans believe that Pit Bulls are inherently aggressive and dangerous. Believed to be predisposed to attacking other people and other animals, there are some who strongly believe that a Pit Bull insurance law such as this is much needed.
In fact, just last year, Kate Gosselin drew the ire of some when she suggested through a retweet that people need to take a look at the children who are severely damaged by pit bull attacks. She then linked to a movement called Walk for Victims of Pit Bulls.
While she received a lot of support by those against the animals, many loving Pit Bull owners cried foul, suggesting that Gosselin and others who assume the worst in Pit Bulls shouldn’t blame or stereotype the dogs for any negative behavior, but the owners who mistreat them and encourage illegal dogfighting.
For more on the possible Pit Bull insurance law, be sure to return to this column.