A personal post: I'm often asked, why did you choose a "pitbull-type" dog? I own an American Staffordshire Terrier, and while the AmStaff is not the same breed as an American Pit Bull Terrier, it is considered a "pitbull-type" breed (according to the media and to many BSL ordinances). Let me be clear that both of these breeds are unique and both make amazing pets and family members. This is why I chose my "pitbull-type" dog:
Most importantly, I wanted a dog that was in need of rescue and a "forever home" and I knew that because of the unfortunate bias and discrimination against all "pitbull-type" breeds, that they have a much lower chance of adoption or rescue compared to most other breeds. This terrible bias and discrimination against our best friends (dogs) only made my desire for a "pitbull-type" dog even stronger. Shortly after first seeing my AmStaff in a terrible situation at an irresponsible breeder's house, it became a member of my family. Now that my AmStaff is an amazing part of my family, I will forever protect it as I would any family member.. especially against government-sponsored discrimination like Breed Specific Legislation (BSL). Whenever the topic of BSL comes up in conversation, I always make it clear that it's not just ignorant and unjustified discrimination against dogs, but that it's also discrimination against my family.. something that I do not take lightly.
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