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I decided to write on a topic that has touched many thousands of people’s lives and devastated families; BSL. There has been an outpouring of support for one particular dog named Lennox who’s been in holding at a Belfast Council Contracted Kennel in Belfast, Ireland since May 2010. Lennox is only one of thousands of dogs forcefully removed from their homes because of the way they look.

So whats wrong with BSL? BSL was implemented under the guise that pit-bull-type dogs have a higher incidence of bites and a propensity to be vicious. These myths are the foundation of a legislation bent on tearing families apart and imposing certain false beliefs on innocent people. The other problem is that many mixed breeds take on characteristics that may look a bit like the so-called pit-bull-type dog. Given the bull and terrier/bulldog past of pit fighting and baiting these beliefs are common. But for those who know the bully breeds the truth is the complete opposite. In fact American Pit Bull Terriers were never bred to be human aggressive, it was as close to being bred out of them as possible so they could be pried off their query without the human being bitten. Even in the days where fighting was legal these dogs were often called Nanny dogs or The children’s Nurse Maid due to their disposition and friendliness toward people and especially children. They are incredibly gentle dogs who would sooner lick you to death.

Many thousands of dogs are put to death every year in the name of looks. These dogs are torn from their families with no warning and euthanized without chance to remove the dog from the area of the BSL. So to honor the lives lost, Dingo and Dasy present a candle, for those on death row and those who’ve passed.

So what can you do to help stop BSL? A step in the right direction would be to write your law makers.

Here are some resources for you:

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5 thoughts on “BtC4Animals!

  1. An extremely worthy cause for our attention and concern. No dog should be discriminated against – BSL is truly nonsense and the sooner we can rid our societies of it, the better. Your links are excellent; quite amazing that there have been bans on military bases even!

    Thank you for blogging the change for animals!
    Kim Thomas

  2. Thanks for this important post. It is hard to believe this actually happens, but I know it does …it is just so outrageous and heartbreaking!

  3. When I think of my rescue animals, my children, my whole heart is wrapped up in them. I simply can’t imagine my life without them and yet too many families have had the long arm of the law ripping their hearts in two, making across the board decisions based on a definition that isn’t even clearly defined. Adults and children alike suffer a loss so great as their best friend is ripped from their homes and killed… in the name of what? “Justice?” Sickening. One more failing of gross generalizations. Thank you for writing about breed specific legislation. We can never repeat this message enough.

    Thanks for Blogging the Change,
    Kim Clune

  4. Thanks for focusing on this issue and for honoring all the victims of BSL.

    -Chandra at Daley’s Dog Years

  5. I have a Stop BSL page also, I raise American Bulldogs. This world,especially the US it seems, is prejudice and blind. I love my dogs with all my heart. I do however make sure they are trained properly. ALL dogs need training,no matter what breed or size. Man created the breeds we have today. The breeds the legislators choose as bad dogs, are the same breeds that were bred to be strong, to protect, and work for us are now the breeds denoted as dangerous. It is man that creates the aggression that goes wrong. Being responsible,understanding the breed and knowing how to control it… We also can not take the media out of this. They love to write about pits,GSD,Dobies,AmBulls biting or “attacking” for no reason. There is always a reason,we just might know what it is at the time. There is so much more, so many stories….

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