Great news in Canada: Last week, the city council of Prince George, British Columbia voted to replace Breed Specific Legislation with "best practices from across North America" - a clear endorsement of more effective breed-neutral regulations. In effect since 2005, public support for BSL in Prince George has significantly declined from 64% in 2003 to 20% today. Not only has public support for BSL in Prince George completely eroded, but the city described BSL as "challenging" and that it now favors stronger breed-neutral regulations that focus on responsible ownership and addressing aggressive dogs - based on behavior instead of breed. Prince George is yet another city that has rejected BSL and upgraded their animal control regulations with more effective, more equitable, and non-discriminatory breed-neutral regulations.
It's much easier to identify the dogs that have aggressive issues and manage those than try to deal with ... a specific breed
In Prince George, BSL lost twice:
This Thanksgiving, we are very thankful for all of our four-legged "pitbull-type" family members and we're also especially thankful for the many amazing people, groups, and organizations that help and support pitbull-type dogs including: Stand Up For Pits Foundation, Inc, Love-A-Bull, My Pit Bull is Family, The Unexpected Pit Bull, Peace, Love & Pit Bulls, Animal Farm Foundation, BAD RAP, Your Pit Bull and You, Pit Bull Rescue Central, American Pitbull Foundation, The Humane Society of the United States, and Best Friends Animal Society.
A big THANK YOU to these (and to so many other) people and organizations that "get it" and understand how wonderful these dogs truly are.
Great news in Ohio: The city of Mansfield has abolished their "pitbull" ban while also working to strengthen their breed-neutral regulations. Quoting the safety committee chairman: "The ban is not working". Mansfield joins a growing list of cities and towns that have repealed ineffective Breed Specific Legislation (BSL) in favor of stronger breed-neutral regulations that are proven to be more effective for public safety.
The ban is not working
The stronger breed-neutral regulations that the city is considering directly address issues related to irresponsible ownership including more severe penalties for:
Congratulations to Mansfield for taking a step in the right direction to improve public safety by rejecting the failed policy of BSL in favor of more effective, more equitable, and non-discriminatory breed-neutral regulations.
Claim: "It's all how you raise them". While this is somewhat true, the more accurate statement is: "It's all how you love them". Most people aren't aware that many of the dogs rescued from the Michael Vick fighting ring were successfully rehabilitated when they were allowed to love instead of being forced to fight. Thanks to Best Friends Animal Society for rescuing 22 of the "Vick" dogs - although this was several years ago, it's still relevant today because it's a powerful example of how dogs that were raised with severe abuse and labeled "too damaged to rehabilitate" turned out to be happy, loving dogs when the abuse stopped and the love began. While this was a horrible and inhumane situation, it is also clear indisputable evidence of the resilience, the desire to love, and the inherent goodness that lives in ALL dogs.
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