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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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

More Legal Tug-o-War

Click the link below to see what's going on with the opposition for the Winston Law.

KC Dog Blog put out an article today about the other side of the Non-Breed Specific Legislation.
Apparently instead of listening to the professionals in the dog behavior fields they are trying to pull the "smaller government" card. I guess when you don't want to admit someone knows a profession better than you the typical human response is to grasp at straws. 

So how do we determine if a dog is a Pit Bull or Pit mix?
This is one of those million dollar questions. And the answer's impossible. Aside from the fact that Pit Bull is a "type" of dog not a specific breed...Even scientists that specialize in DNA testing and AKC judges who specialize in breed conformation admit it can be impossible to tell if a dog has a predominant gene of the Staffordshire Pit Bull Terrier. The problem is that only a small fraction of genes determine how a dog looks. Check out this clip to see if professionals can tell which dog is the Pit Bull.
  Pit Bulls Wrongly Accused?

Animal Issues Input Group and City Council meetings... I will let you know when I hear anything. There was nothing BSL in the meeting last week. 

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