Strategies for Opposing BSL

 

Fighting Breed Specific Legislation (BSL)What should you do when you learn of a proposed breed-specific bylaw that you want to fight?

The best thing you can do is to realize that there are others out there who are already informed and want to help.

 

  • Don’t waste valuable time re-inventing the wheel. 

  • Do get involved and work with a network of people who can help you to take action effectively. 

  • Keep one thing at the centre of your thoughts: your goal is to do what it takes to ensure that breed specific legislation is not passed. 

  • Offer a better alternative to legislators. 

Here are some sample media kits that you can look to if and when BSL affects your area. Take a good look at these packages, and call your local kennel club and breed clubs for contact names of others already involved. There are people who keep track of proposed legislation in most countries, and these should be the people you look to first when you decide to get involved. Remember: act strategically and don’t re-invent the wheel!

How to Respond to a Dog Bit Incident in your Community
Quite often BSL goes hand-in-hand with a bite incident in a community. This is an excellent media kit with statistics and guidance when something like this happens in your community. The most excellent advice on this page is: “Do not talk to any reporters until you have some information in front of you to work with.” Be prepared, and you better your chances of successfully meeting your goals. There is also good advice about preventing this type of incident.

Sample Letters to Send to your Legislators
Writing letters to your legislators, and encouraging others in your area to do the same, really does help. Here are some form letters that you can use to effectively present your position to politicians. Download one, fill it out, and send it to your legislator. Encourage others in your community to do the same. Remember that — like it or not — politicians are elected, and to be effective you need to speak to their political agendas and concerns.

Writing an Effective Letter to the Media
What matters most to politicians are the views and opinions of their constituents. Letters to the Editor are a powerful way to get your message across to politicians and others in your community. This article from a freelance journalists explains how you can write an effective letter to the editor.

California’s Non-Breed Specific Dangerous Dog Laws
There are better options than breed-specific laws, and this California law is one of the best. Have a look, and present it to your legislators as a better option to the BSL that they bylaw have proposed.

Better yet, why not take proactive action before BSL comes to your area? There are many things you can do to help before there is a problem. According to Ann Lettis, who has had a longtime involvement in both fighting BSL and educating the public about dogs, the first thing you should do is find out what laws currently exist in your area. Once you have this information, review those laws and

Information Obtained From;     http://www.dogwatch.net/strategy.html

Oppose The Breed Specific Legislation!! Sign Here!!!

Below are two separate petitions (there are hundreds out there!!) choose one or start your own. BUT please get involved before this becomes the dog version of the Holocaust!!!

First Petition

View Current Signatures   –   Sign the Petition  

 

To:  President George W. Bush and U.S. Congress

Oppose Breed Specific Legislation!!! The media and the inexperienced would have you believe that these breeds are vicious and should be prohibited. However, these breeds as a whole have proven their stability and good canine citizenry by becoming Search and Rescue dogs,Therapy Dogs,by working inside hospitals, and being used as professional herding and sporting dogs, as well as by serving families as faithful and sound companions for years.
Our Country was not founded on the restriction and punishment of the masses based on the actions of a few…. when has this changed?
Statistics and studies do not support the assertion that any one breed is dangerous.When legislation is focused on the type of dog it fails, because it is…unenforceable, confusing, and costly. Focusing legislation on dogs that are “vicious” distracts attention from the real problem, which is irresponsible owners.
We suggest that the appropriate policy should be “blame the owner, not the dog.” Owners can and should take responsibility for their pets.
The legislation that is both enacted and proposed across the United States is unfair for responsible citizens and it addresses the wrong problem. Voting for and standing behind BSL only harms the law abiding responsible dog owner. We stand to loose many wonderful and valuable canines if the Breed Specific Legislation is allowed to continue. Thank You.

Sincerely,

The Undersigned 

View Current Signatures

Second Petition

STOP Breed-Specific Legislation!

This petition, once completed, will go to all the State Representatives throughout states with Breed-Specific Legislation. Many innocent animals have already died for no reason other than fear of the unknown. No animals, just as humans, are born “vicious”. Instead of killing off a few entire breeds, we should start educating more pet owners and all people alike. I have a 4 year old American Staffordshire Terrier, who has never shown any signs of aggression towards people, yet I am forced to pay about $1000 a year in Dog-Bite Insurance alone because he belongs to the “pit bull” group. I also tried to get covered under Homeowners insurance and most companies said if he even looks like a “pit bull” we cannot cover you! What does a “pit bull” look like? Please, for all you skeptics, go to this site and try to find the “pit bull” and if you can’t how can someone tell you what attacked them. If you can’t tell the difference, why should they pay, sign this petition an help save lives!  

http://www.pitbullsontheweb.com/petbull/findpit.html    

I live in Ohio, and there may be a change to the Vicious dog law if enough people speak up! If passed, this bill #189, will take out the name “pit bull” from the bill and they will be treated the same as other dogs, where they are only “vicious” if they show signs of aggression towards someone or bite them. I think it is fair enough to judge an animal based off of their past rather than off of their breed alone. If we can get one state to change, maybe others will follow and with other breeds!There are so many breeds that are being punished because there are dog-fighters that are not caught and animal abusers not prosecuted to the full extent of the law. Please help me to get these laws repealed and to protect our animals. I love my dog and I hate to see animals put down because of certain peoples irresponsibility. Help save innocent animals by signing this petition! Not all “pit bulls” and Rottweilers are “vicious”!!!If you know of any abused animals please visit this site and they will try to stop this cruelty!

www.dogsdeservebetter.com

Want to start your own petition? Here is a link to

a great site and it’s free!!!

http://www.petitionspot.com/listpetitions/environment