Have you ever heard of Breed Specifc Legislation (BSL)? It’s pretty lame. According to Canada’s Guide to Dogs, BSL is defined as “efforts used to restrict, ban and/or eliminate certain breeds of dogs, purebred or mixed. It can include anything from requiring special licensing of a breed (breed restriction) to the total bad of certain breeds.”
Ontario instituted pit bull-type bans 5 years ago- dogs lovers rallied over the weekend to have this ban repealed (read more on the rally at thestar.com).
Fellow blogger Maggie Marton (check out her R.O.A.R. Squad post!) from Oh My Dog! is campaigning to end BSL in Denver, Colorado, where the upcoming BlogPaws conference is being held from September 9-11, 2010. Denver has a breed ban on pit bulls, which means that Maggie cannot bring her beloved Staffie-mix, Emmett, with her to the conference.
Emmett is a therapy dog who brings a lot of comfort to and support to the kids and adults he visits in Bloomington, Indiana where they live. Emmett is clearly not an evil, rabid killer. From what I understand he is a ridiculous snuggle butt who likes attention and treats.
BSL is lame.*
So, want to help? Maggie’s campaign to end BSL in Denver, Colorado involves the following:
- Collect one mile of postcards that will be delivered directly to the Mile High City’s mayor, John W. Hickenlooper
What You Can Do:
- go the the Campaign to End BSL: Operation Denver page
- here you can find a postcard template and more info
- make a lovely postcard
- email it to Maggie
- et voila! You are now doing your part to make a difference in Denver!
BUT HURRY! The BlogPaws conference is in one week so you have to do it ASAP! If you have time to get a postcard to her by, say Friday, that would be peachy.
Thank you very much!
*This is a lighthearted post, but BSL is not a lighthearted issue. BSL doesn’t work because it doesn’t get to the root of the problem, which has to do with owner and non-owner education. Dogs need to be treated and handled like the creatures they are: ANIMALS with teeth. Animals will bite if they feel provoked/scared. Different dogs (as in the actual dog, I don’t mean the breed here) have different thresholds, but at the end of the day WE have decided to bring animals into our homes in close proximity with us, and most importantly with our children. All of us, especially our kids, need to be taught the correct way to approach, treat and work with animals so we can all live and play together safely. Here is some interesting info on BSL from Pit Bull Rescue Central.