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BREED SPECIFIC LEGISLATION 

PUNISH THE DEED NOT THE BREED

It's time to wake up folks! Breed Specific Legislation is killing our beloved breed. If you own a pit bull or are considering acquiring one, it is imperative that you read all you can and become informed about the issues concerning BSL. BSL is sweeping the nation and in its aftermath is leaving death, destruction and heartache. BSL is especially important to anyone who owns a "bully" type breed. It's not isolated to just APBT's,  AST's, SBT's, it happens to Rottweilers, Doberman's, Akita's and other breeds. As owners of these great dogs we can't keep sitting back and saying "it will never happen to my dog" because it will, and when it does you will not like the end result. It is up to you, as a responsible dog owner, to become proactive and educate yourself. So dig in and join the fight, the breed needs all the help it can get.

The following links are provided to allow you to do your own research and have a better understanding of Breed Specific Legislation and the adverse affects it has on responsible dog owners. If you have other links you would like to add to the list please email. 

BSL WEBSITES

Dog Watch 

Ohio Valley Dog Owners

Practicality of Breed BSL... 

The New Breed of Municipal Dog Control Laws - Are They Constitutional?

American Dog Owners Association

Stafford Mall - BSL

Humans 4 Anti-BSL

Dog Bite Law

BSL E-MAIL LISTS 

If you would like to keep up to date about BSL issues around the world you may subscribe to these lists...

Dog Watch Legislation

BSL Updates

BSL State By State

Humans 4 Anti BSL

No BSL Michigan

Dog Legislation

AN APOLOGY TO BREED BAN ENTHUSIASTS

I'm sorry you are frightened of my dogs and are trying to have them killed
because they are
pit bulls.

I'm sorry you lack the understanding of this breed's true history,
gentleness with people, wonderful temperament, intelligence and behavioral
conformation. I'm sorry you won't read the ATTS stats regarding our breed's
true temperament, putting it in the top four for temperament, scoring better
than breeds like Golden Retrievers, and cocker spaniels.

I'm sorry that you side with and protect animal abusers by marking the breed
of dog, and not the irresponsibility of the owner. I'm sorry that by your
logic I could steal a car, run some people over with it and then you can
blame the make of car for the accident, as I walk free.

I'm sorry you generalize one breed of dog with one group of people. I'm
sorry you can't see the love and determination that many often highly
educated, non-criminal and "normal" types of people show towards this breed
and the great personal sacrifices that they make to take care of their dog
responsibly.

I'm sorry you cannot go into the shelters and see the hundreds of abandoned
and abused
pit bulls, dying only for the insane "crime" of being born the
breed they are. I'm sorry you cannot see the look of disappointment in their
eyes as someone walks by their kennel, and refuses to consider adopting them
based on an ill educated fear mongering reporter. I'm sorry that you cannot
be there when the animal looks at a human for the last time, and in spite of
betrayed by all humans they have met, their tail still wags as someone
approaches with the syringe of Euthinol.

I'm sorry
you cannot be there when law enforcement shoots one of your dogs dead
inside it's own home in front of the children it mutually loves for simply
getting off the dog bed and walking over to say hello with it's tail
wagging.
I'm sorry you cannot be there to rescue pit bull puppies from a
plastic bag in a dumpster, dumped there by someone switching their illegal,
and inhumane activities to another, more lucrative breed.

I'm sorry you cannot understand the difference between canine and human
aggression, in the way that this breed can.
Yes, I'm saying my pit bull is
smarter then you.

I'm sorry that the medieval witch-hunting genetics of intolerance,
generalization, and racism make you feel the need to vilify a breed of dog.
I'm sorry that justice, equality, tolerance, common sense are all things you
hold dear as a fellow Canadian, and expect from others, but do not yourself
offer them towards a pit
bull or its caregiver. I'm sorry that you don't take
the constructive time to petition changes in the Canadian animal cruelty
act, and in the criminal code that would deal out serious punishment to the
real animal abusers.

I'm sorry you cannot see the disappointed look on a puppy's face when the
people petting it quickly frown, and walk away when you tell them it is a
pit
bull. I'm sorry you feel the need to terrorize my family and my dogs for
crimes we never have and never will commit. I'm sorry you don't have to live
in fear of your dog's safety from hysterical, and mentally unstable people
trying to inflict all manner of evil upon your dogs.

I'm sorry that you cannot see my breed working in some of the best Search
and Rescue groups in the world, saving countless lives each year. I'm sorry
our media censors and refuses to print the breed name
"pit bull' when in
connection with a positive act such as saving a person or child from a
burning house, drowning, wild attacking animals, etc. I'm sorry you cannot
see the many pit
bulls registered as therapy dogs and bringing so much joy to
another misunderstood, neglected demographic in our society, the senior
citizen.

I am sorry you can't see a pit bull kiss a child, step carefully over a
kitten, or play in a sunbeam. I'm sorry you cannot wake in the morning to
feel a warm
pit bull cuddled next to you in bed, and know that you are their
total world, and even if the house caught fire and trapped you, they would
stay with you to the end.
But, now that I really think about it, I'm not at all sorry you don't own a
pit
bull--you do not deserve one.

Written By: Rob MacBean
The Mongrel Hordes Lake Cowichan BC
(Permission granted by me the author to crosspost as long as it stays
intact, and with my name on it)

 DO YOU KNOW YOUR RIGHTS ? 

U.S. Constitution Bill of Rights

Amendment I

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.

No soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a grand jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the militia, when in actual service in time of war or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the state and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the assistance of counsel for his defense.

In suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise reexamined in any court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.

Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.

The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.

 

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