Hello from the two-legged and four-legged team at Pitbullinfo.org! This month we're celebrating our one year anniversary - we started our mission last June and only a year later, we have over 19K Facebook likes, over 800K unique visitors to our website, and we've been referenced in a number of articles. We want to extend a big thanks to all of our followers and supporters for helping to spread the facts about "pitbull-type" dogs by liking and sharing our Facebook posts and our website. To continue to support our mission of combating breed stereotypes and misinformation, we don't ask for donations - instead, you can support us by simply sharing our Facebook posts and our website whenever you can.
Great news: Two pitbull-type dogs have made it to the semifinalist round for the 2018 American Humane Hero Dog Awards! The American Humane Hero Dog Awards® is an annual campaign that "recognizes heroes on both ends of the leash". The fact that numerous pitbull-type dogs were nominees and that two made it to the semifinalist round is important because it illustrates how breed stereotypes are wrong while at the same time, showcasing how pitbull-type dogs (like all dogs) can be beneficial companions, successful working dogs, and loving family members. Congratulations to Kano for making it to the semifinalist round in the law enforcement category and Roxy for making it to the semifinalist round in the service dog category! Use the links below to vote for them - it's easy and you can vote for one dog in each category per day until July 11th.
Category - Law Enforcement:
Category - Service:
All other semifinalists and categories: https://herodogawards.org/vote/
We are especially excited about Kano because he is also busting breed stereotypes as a successful K9 officer and exemplifying the excellent temperament and trainability that is inherent in pitbull-type dogs.
A big thanks to American Humane and Animal Farm Foundation for all of the work that they do to support, champion, and advocate for pitbull-type dogs!
Great news in Canada: Yesterday, in an important defeat of discriminatory breed-specific legislation (BSL), the province of Quebec abandoned a proposal to enact a province-wide ban against "pitbull-type" dogs and Rottweilers (comparable to a state-wide ban in the U.S.). After reviewing the scientific evidence, listening to expert testimony, and understanding the facts about canine behavior and aggression, Quebec officials firmly rejected the proposed breed-specific ban and decided to instead work on implementing stronger and more effective breed-neutral regulations. Furthermore, Quebec also refuted misinformation including unscientific statistics and fear-based stereotypes about pitbull-type dogs provided by discriminatory special-interest organizations.
There's been no scientific evidence to prove such a ban is effective ... or that the dogs are genetically inclined to be aggressive
Quebec Bill 128 (that we've been closely following) titled "An Act to promote the protection of persons by establishing a framework with regard to dogs" was introduced in April, 2017 and originally included provisions for a breed-specific ban against pitbull-type dogs and Rottweilers. While it at first appeared to have momentum, that momentum quickly came to a halt after citizens of Quebec, responsible dog owners, and public safety experts became aware of the breed-specific provisions in the bill. Now after over a year of review and debate, the bill will be moving forward but without any of the breed-specific provisions. Instead, Bill 128 will include the stronger breed-neutral provisions that were endorsed by numerous public safety and canine behavior experts during the bill's review and testimony sessions.
Breed-specific rules would be problematic ... we want to have rules that will be applied, that will be observed
A big congratulations to the government of Quebec for not only rejecting ineffective and discriminatory breed-specifc legislation, but also for making strong public statements against the misguided and ineffective practice of banning dogs based on appearance or breed. If the amended version of Bill 128 is enacted, it will be a strong endorsement of breed-neutral regulations that improve public safety by addressing all irresponsible dog owners and all dangerous dogs - regardless of a dog's appearance or breed. After reviewing scientific evidence and expert testimony, Quebec is the latest governing body to acknowledge that breed-specific bans are ineffective, not based on science, and that breed-neutral regulations are the superior option for public safety and safer communities.
After meeting the experts ... the government came to the conclusion that targeting a specific race (breed) is not applicable (effective)
There is nothing about a dog’s breed that makes them any more dangerous than another breed ... what is a factor is size, so bigger dogs can do more damage
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