Educating not Discriminating
Dog Legislation Education (DLE) is for anyone on either side of the Breed Specific Legislation (BSL) fence. I wanted to provide a place where you can ask questions that otherwise might spark debate. This is not meant to be a place to argue the issues, but to help people understand why dogs bite, who's really responsible, and what types of legislation have proven successful in protecting the public and punishing human offenders. Anyone commenting on the blog will be removed from the group for being insensitive. My main focus will be for citizens of Springfield, Mo as the Animal Issues Task Force (AITF) has proposed new legislation, policies, programs to City Council. Because these proposals could help improve the safety of citizens anywhere, the blog is open to anyone.
The Root of Fear is Ignorance.
The one thing I have learned over the years, is that most people who have a problem with a specific breed of dog either had one bad experience or heard bad stuff on the news. Humans are allowed to be afraid...I'm afraid of spiders, hopefully no one faults me for that! What I hope to accomplish with this blog is to help Pit Bull and other Power Breed owners to understand that some people don't know any better than to be afraid. As dog owners we have to take our time and show the public that no one breed stands alone with behavioral issues. I hope to not only educate people who don't know the blessings our dogs bring, but also help educate people who may not know what is appropriate behavior for them and their dog. Though I don't believe Breed Specific Legislation is effective in educating the public, I do believe Potentially Dangerous Dog, Dangerous Dog, and Irresponsible Owner Legislation can not only educate, but improve public safety as well.
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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Important Info on Current Breed Bans

I love seeing state and city officials discussing and realizing that it is the specific ordinances that make or break the results. The Association of Pet Dog Trainers, Calgary Canada, and Omaha, Nebraska have great ordinances to use as models for cities looking to update outdated ones.  The only thing I see wrong with Omaha is the Pit Bull Ordinance. The statistics have come in on Omaha's dog bites. Pit Bull and Pit Mix bites have gone down, but bites in general have gone up. To me this is proof that the Springfield AITF is on the right track.  Inform owners lacking in know how, and punish the owners not willing to learn that times have changed and animal abuse and neglect will no longer be tolerated... No matter what breed! Check out this post from KC Dog Blog. I don't think I need to restate what he has already stated so elegantly about Omaha's 5 year breed ban.

Here is some info on a Breed Ban Repeal from last week! One step at a time!
Riverside, Mo

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