many are even rehabilitated once they get proper loving homes. In fact, the American Temperament Testing Society says that spayed and neutered pit bulls pass at much higher rates than most other breeds. But that doesn't stop politicians from seeking to address the problem with blind bans on entire breeds. We should be focusing on stopping these criminals, not banning their targeted victims.
Breed specific legislation, or BSL, is most often targeted at American Pit Bulls, American Staffordshire Terriers, and Staffordshire Bull Terriers. Some of the laws just refer to dogs that have characteristics common to those breeds--but there are over 25 breeds and mixes that are commonly mistaken for pit bulls. All of that aside, BSL distracts from more effective dangerous dog laws that target behavior instead of appearance. Over 200 counties and cities have outright bans on these breeds, but banning a certain breed of dog will not stop criminals from finding dogs to abuse. Instead of focusing on good training and socialization, this gives the public a false sense of security that maybe just because their dog is not a banned breed it is 100% safe regardless of training or socialization.
My good friend over at OhMyDogBlog would have liked to bring her pit bull service dog to the next BlogPaws conference in Denver. Despite the fact that her bully, Emmett is a trained service dog dog that serves in a residential treatment facility for children, he is banned from coming to Denver because of his breed alone. Denver has a ban on pit bulls, though few are even willing to admit that it makes a difference. OhMyDogBlog is now planning a campaign to educate folks about misguided BSL laws, and hopes to change some minds along the way--starting with Denver's Mayor! Check out all the details over on her blog--helping us is as easy as sending (or emailing) a post card. Check her blog out every Tuesday for updates on the campaign and educational posts about BSL. Follow the conversation on Twitter with the following hashtag: #endBSL
The picture posted here of a typical-smiling-butt-wiggling pit bull was found on Doggie Stylish's post about happy dogs.
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