Like other breeds before them, pit bulls are the latest of dogs that were once revered, loved, trusted as family pets – and now vilified as the embodiment of aggression, danger and distrust. I’ve written before about the senselessness of society’s current views of these dogs and the breed specific bans that now target them. BSL is like throwing the baby out with the bath water. It not only does not solve any problems, it creates new ones.
Aside from the fact that there is no such breed in the first place, or that we have no reliable way of determining the “type” of dog meant to be banned, the sheer lunacy of attempting to decimate a particular dog into extinction is obviously not a solution to what essentially is an attempt to control errant canine behavior. It’s the owner, stupid, should be the rallying cry here. And a reminder that all dogs, just like people, are individuals. BSL is discrimination, period. We all know that is wrong when applied to humans; we need to realize it’s wrong no matter who or what it is aimed at.
Today is a “day to encourage responsible guardianship of pit bull terriers and change misconceptions about America’s dog” – from the Best Friends Animal Society. The event was created by Bless the Bullys to do just as stated, to bring awareness to the realities of pit bulls. Our media tends to sensationalize, distort, even mislead the public regarding these dogs, and events like the ones going on across the country today are needed to counter the negative stereotypes that have portrayed these dogs as vicious, wild creatures. Fact over fiction, you might say.
Our favorite rescue organization, Almost Home Foundation, will be promoting the truths and highlighting all the positive qualities of bully breeds, as well as encouraging the public to meet and get to know the many pitties the organization has available for adoption. Almost Home Foundation does not shy away from taking on bully breeds; instead, the organization welcomes opportunities to rescue these dogs and find them loving homes.
Almost Home Foundation offers this flyer, which you can download from the link –
|Almost Home Foundation|
Help spread awareness, encourage humane treatment and consideration of dogs.