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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Thursday, March 5, 2015

Pushing Forward Toward the Repeal of BSL in Springfield, Mo!

***Update...The bill was tabled.

As most of you know, Councilman Doug Burlison made an announcement this week that he will present a bill at Monday March 9th's City Council meeting that would repeal language that targets pit bulls, and leave the city's vicious animal ordinance in place for all breeds. This does not mean that it will be voted on any time soon, although we can still hope for it being looked at in a timely manner.

What do we need to do in the meantime?

*Continue to show our support by showing up at the City Council meetings and acting appropriate. 

*Keep your friends, colleagues, and the news media outlets informed on all of the new updates.

*Call and write your council members and/or send them emails in support of removing this antiquated ban.

*Learn what the Pit Bull Ordinance really says.

*Join us in getting an "unofficial" petition signed with as many supporters of the repeal as possible! 

This was recommended to me by multiple people in influential positions at both the city and the state level. It would be best to have signatures from Springfield voters, but because it is unofficial we can get signatures from any people, over 18, effected by the Springfield BSL that live in and around the Springfield area. Please email to find a place to sign the petition or to get a copy of the petition so that you can have your friends, family, and co-workers sign. 

Remember to keep the questions coming in!
Thank you all for your support!

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