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    Rebel Blog — bsl

    Misunderstood: Educating to End BSL

    Announcing the 2013 limited edition Pitbull Awareness print and sticker: Misunderstood by Crazy Rebels.

    From ignorance hate grows. People fear what they do not know or do not understand, and by this same reasoning we as humans have failed the beloved Pitbull breed. 

    October is Pitbull Awareness Month, so we are doing our part to help spread knowledge to rebrand the Pitbull. Pitbull refers to the outward appearance and the physical characteristics of a specific breed, not the personality or overall demeanor of the dog. Yet Breed Specific Legislation states that these dogs can be banned, persecuted, confiscated, and even put-down simply because of their breed. This month in specific we seek to inform people that Pitbulls are misunderstood, not misbehaving. 

    Together we can share the message and help to End BSL. The only way to create change, is to do something to cause it. So let's come together and educate that Pitbulls are dogs with big hearts just like every other furry four-legged friend. Support the cause, spread the word.

    Movie Monday: Beyond The Myth

     

    Movie Monday: Beyond The Myth: A Film About Pit Bulls and Breed Discrimination

    Genre: Documentary

    Year released: 2010

    Breeds in movie: Lovable, Huggable,Pit bulls

    Notes: Beyond The Myth is more than just a documentary, it is an eye opening, information packed depiction of the cruel reality of Breed Specific Legislation specifically as it affects Pit Bull breeds. We are avid supporters of ending BSL nationwide, but this movie enlightened us to even more facts of actual discrimination taking place right now and the horrible situations that BSL causes.

    Breed Specific laws are very real and actively enforced in several cities in the USA. In Denver, Colorado Pit Bulls are often ripped from their family homes, impounded, and put to death. Not because of anything they have done, but because of a generalization that is all too terrible and misunderstood. Basically based soley on the way they look, not who they are as individual beings. Beyond The Myth brings to light the ways in which BSL affects real people and their pets. We recommend this dog-umentary as an informational tool and a must watch for all dog lovers.

    Paw rating: 4 paws up 

     

    Have you seen this movie? What did you think?

    BSL Bites

     

    We are big supporters of the ongoing movement to educate ignorance and help end Breed Specific Legislation, commonly referred to as BSL. This breed-specific legislation ranges from full bans on the possession of specific breeds, to restrictions on ownership including a special set of conditions for owning that specific breed. In January 2013 we wrote about a national petition under review by the White House and we are incredibly happy to report that the White House has stated that they believe “breed-specific legislation is a bad idea.”
     
    In their official email they go on to detail the following:
     
    “We don’t support breed-specific legislation—research shows that bans on certain types of dogs are largely ineffective and often a waste of public resources.
     
    In 2000, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention looked at twenty years of data about dog bites and human fatalities in the United States. They found that fatal attacks represent a very small proportion of dog bite injuries to people and that it's virtually impossible to calculate bite rates for specific breeds.

    The CDC also noted that the types of people who look to exploit dogs aren't deterred by breed regulations -- when their communities establish a ban, these people just seek out new, unregulated breeds. And the simple fact is that dogs of any breed can become dangerous when they're intentionally or unintentionally raised to be aggressive.

    For all those reasons, the CDC officially recommends against breed-specific legislation -- which they call inappropriate. As an alternative to breed-specific policies, the CDC recommends a community-based approach to prevent dog bites. And ultimately, we think that's a much more promising way to build stronger communities of pets and pet owners.”
     
    This national stand against BSL is a big step in the right direction, but there is still a long way to go.  Some state-level governments in the United States have prohibited or restricted the ability of their local governments within those states to enact breed-specific legislation. Still, jurisdictions in the United States and Canada have the right to enact breed-specific legislation; despite the fact that the actual effectiveness of BSL in preventing dog bite fatalities and injuries is highly disputed.

    What can be done?
    -Become informed to help educate others on the actual facts surrounding BSL.
    -Rock a End BSL charm to proudly take a stand to end prejudice.
    -Show off an End BSL or a Judge Not sticker to publicly spread the word.
     



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    Help Stop Breed Specific Legislation, 5 Easy Steps

    Breed-specific legislation, commonly referred to as BSL, bans certain dogs based on their appearance and characteristics classifying them as “dangerous breeds”. This wrongful stereotype, essentially canine racism, lumps all of one type of dog together and deems them dangerous based on previous incidents. When a breed ban is implemented it requires all dogs resembling the banned dog, based on appearance, be removed from that area. 

    As this type of legislation is based solely on appearance and does not consider the actual dog, his behavior, or how he has been raised, it often takes perfectly safe family dogs away from their homes and either displaces them sending them to shelters in another area or eventually results in their execution.

    Can you imagine if legislation was passed in your city that suddenly required you to get rid of your beloved dog? We can't even imagine! Our hearts go out to those personally affected by BSL, and we're doing our small part to stop it.

    BSL is wrong for so many reasons and punishes everyone for the actions of irresponsible dog owners. There is no such thing as a bad dog, just bad owners. So let’s be the voice for the thousands of innocent dogs who have, and wil, fall victim to BSL. Let’s help fight this. 

    According to Change.org:   

    • BSL does not improve public safety or prevent dog bites. 
    • BSL ignores the plight of victims and potential victims of non-targeted breeds.
    • BSL is costly.
    • BSL requires each and every dog to be identified as a breed, something that has proven impossible to do accurately and objectively.
    • BSL makes targeted breeds more desirable to irresponsible and criminal owners. 
    • BSL does nothing to make irresponsible dog owners accountable.
    • BSL punishes responsible dog owners. 

    Surprisingly there are 75 dog breeds currently banned or restricted across the US. You can help make a difference, let’s start by signing this official petition. You can help enact change in just 5 easy steps.

    1. Go to petitions.whitehouse.gov.

    2. Click on view petitions.

    3. Search "BSL".

    4. Click on find out more.

    5. Sign the petition.

    It's that easy!