The facts have been out for two years in a row that Pit Bulls rank as one of the best dogs in temperament testing, (scoring a 90.6% which is better than 121 other breeds) yet lawmakers and landlords seek to vilify the gentle breed. Pit Bulls remain the most euthanized dog in American shelters, simply because they are Pit Bulls.
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What is BSL? It is BS.
The abbreviation stands for “breed specific legislation” and BSL is not a new concept.
Breed-specific legislation (BSL) is designed to place restrictions on ownership of certain breeds of dogs. Typically, the restricted breeds include pit bull-type dogs (usually vaguely defined).
Breed-specific legislation creates a number of restrictions or regulations on any one breed.
Owners of certain breeds of dogs may be required to: keep the dog muzzled in public, purchase insurance for the dog, keep the dog on its owner’s property at all times (no trips to the park, the store, etc.), keep the dog in a specific enclosure at all times.
The most common kind of breed-specific legislation completely bans all dogs of a certain breed or breed type. This means that all dogs of the banned breed must be removed from the area or euthanized. This includes family pets that have been owned for many years and have had no incidents of “attacking” behavior.
There have been no studies conducted to prove which breed has the strongest bite pressure, yet Pit Pulls and dogs looking like Pit Bulls are targeted. In fact, per square inch bite pressure (PSI) ranks Pit Bulls with a considerably low biting power. One study conducted by Dr. Brady Barr of National Geographic has proven that out of large sized dogs, the Pit Bull has THE LOWEST PSI bite pressure of all large dogs.
Politicians attempting to pass Pit Bull bans and any sort of BSL are striking fear into the public. These politicians could be focusing on important issues at hand, like education. Instead, they attempt to create BSL which keeps their names in the news.
For decades, the media has aired videos and news stories about Pit Bulls attacking people or mauling a child. The public has developed a very fearful view of these gentle and loyal companions. Pit Bull attacks have earned news stations some of the highest ratings. What has been proven from documented cases involving news media is the fact that countless reports mistakenly identify dogs as “Pit Bulls”, when in fact the dogs involved in these incidents are not Pit Bulls.
Jumping onto the bandwagon, several rental communities have placed bans on Pit Bulls, not only in the Chicago area but across the country. While no BSL may be in place, apartment communities still have the right to ban a dog simply because it looks like a Pit Bull. This is the equivalent of not renting to someone simply because they look like a certain race.
In recent years, Pit Bulls have gained more than just a foothold in the public awareness. Unscrupulous breeding and negative media attention have resulted in many apartment complexes, neighborhoods and even counties imposing bans on the breed, citing them as “inherently dangerous” to the public.
Even Pit Bulls that have been in dog-fighting rings have been proven they can be rehabilitated and are still less likely to attack than a Rottweiler, German Shepherd, or a Chow.
Pit Bulls are facing bans across the United States and across the world, yet society is to blame, because they’re the ones tearing the breed apart. For many people, Pit Bulls are nothing more then an asset, for making money. These people mass produce Pit Bulls, notably puppy mills in Amish Country, force them to fight for their lives, and when they lose their fight, they’re killed. Many situations occur where the Pit Bull will be hung, electrocuted, shot, or beaten until dead.
Innocent dogs are being torn from their owners and either put on death-row, senselessly killed, or being shipped far away with the promise from owners they won’t return to the area. Not only are Pit Bulls themselves being shipped away and killed, but dogs that LOOK like Pit Bulls are being affected as well.
Many jurisdictions that restrict Pit Bulls, including Ontario, Canada, Miami, Florida and Denver, Colorado, apply the restriction to the modern American Pit Bull terrier, American Staffordshire terrier, Staffordshire bull terrier, or any other dog that has the substantial physical characteristics and appearance of those breeds. However a few jurisdictions, such as Singapore and Franklin County, Ohio also classify the modern American Bulldog as a “pit bull-type dog”.
In World War 2, the Nazi’s also decided to start a sort of BSL. They effectively murdered countless numbers of Jews, homosexuals, people of color and beyond. Now, many areas in United States have created a Holocaust of their own, known as BSL.
(EVEN former fighting ring dogs are now agility dogs, therapy dogs and spoiled family pets. Check out this VIDEO on the “Vicktory Dogs” at Best Friends.)
When discussing BSL, it is important to know the facts that conventional mainstream media will never broadcast, print or place on your TV screen.
Facts About Pit Bulls Every One Should Know:
1. Pit Bulls are commonly used as therapy dogs. Whether they are visiting a senior care facility or helping someone recover from an emotional accident, Pit Bulls are making a mark as outstanding therapy dogs.
2. Pit Bulls are used in Search and Rescue work. One example of well known SAR Pit Bulls is Kris Crawford and her dogs. Kris and her dogs have helped save the lives of many people during their efforts. http://www.ForPitsSake.org
3. Pit Bulls serve as narcotic and bomb sniffing dogs. One Pit Bull, Popsicle (named that because he was found in an old freezer) has the largest recorded single drug find in Texas history. Read more about Popsicle here. Including how he found over 3,000 lbs of cocaine in Hildago, Texas.
4. Pit Bulls are great with kids. They weren’t referred to as the “nanny’s dog” for nothing that’s for sure.
5. Pit Bulls are not human aggressive. The American Pit Bull Terrier as a breed is not human aggressive. In fact, quite the opposite is true of the breed. They are gentle and loving dogs. Like any dog individuals can be unsound and have behavior problems.
6. The Pit Bull was so popular in the early 1900’s they were our mascot not only in World War One, but World War Two as well. They were featured on recruiting and propoganda posters during this time period.
7. Sgt. Stubby. A Pit Bull war hero. Stubby was wounded in action twice, he saved his entire platoon by warning them of a poison gas attack and he single handedly captured a German spy.
8. Pete the Pup on the orginal Little Rascals was a Pit Bull.
9. Pit Bulls score an 90.6% passing rate with the American Temperament Test Society. That’s better than the popular Border Collie (a breed who scores 79.6%)
10. They are dogs not killing machines.
***The five of the most common Pit Bull myths:
1. They have locking jaws.
This is probably the most common myth. The anatomy of a pit bull is no different than that of any other dog. They do NOT have locking jaws.
2. They fail temperament testing more than any other dog.
This is not true. Pit bulls pass temperament testing 90.6% of the time. Beagles only pass 78.7% of the time, and Golden Retrievers 81.1% of the time. The American Pit Bull Terrier scored just above the Golden Retriever and just below the Labrador Retriever.
3. They have been bred to be human aggressive.
Pit bulls are not aggressive toward people. They can be taught to be vicious; just as any other dog, but this is not a trait that is inherent in pit bull dogs.
4. Only drug dealers own pit bulls.
This silly myth exists thanks to movies and music videos that feature drug dealers and other criminals as pit bull owners. In the 1970’s Doberman Pinschers were considered the most vicious dog, and were popular with criminals. In the 1980’s it was the Rottweiler. Today it is the Pit Bull. This is a sad, self-fulfilling prophecy that can only change if the American propagandized media accurately portrays pit bulls as the gentle, loyal and loving breed that they are. Facts and temperament tests have proven that pit bulls are some of the greatest choices for a family pet.
Below are the top five dog breeds that have the most documented cases of attacks towards humans and other animals.
Rottweilers are known to be very aggressive dogs because of their keen territorial instincts. That’s why they make great guard dogs.
Weight: 100-130 lbs. Origin: Germany
2. German Shepherds
These dogs are intelligent and very alert. They are highly used by local authorities such as the police K-9 unit. German shepherds are known to be fearless and confident dogs.
Weight: 70-100 lbs. Origin: Germany
A 2010 study of dog bites resulting in human fatalities in the U.S. found 23 such fatalities (16% of the total) were caused by “husky-type” dogs between 1979 and 2003.
Weight: 44-66 lbs. Origin: Alaska
4. Alaskan Malamutes
These dogs are very energetic and active. If they are bored, they can become destructive. That’s why this dog needs lots of exercise to be happy.
Weight: 75-100 lbs. Origin: Nordic
5. Doberman Pinschers
Dobermans are great guard dogs for their alertness, intelligence and loyalty. They can be aggressive dogs when provoked. The typical pet Doberman attacks only if it believes that it, its property, or its family is in danger.
Weight: 65-90 lbs. Origin: Germany
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