The fight to stop BSL

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Ruca and Mystic had a great time watching mom and dad carve pumpkins. And of course they loved posing for pictures, or at least I tell myself that.  🙂

So, I am unsure if this is going to be a rant post but I have to post on this topic. A topic a lot of you are probably familiar with. BSL, aka Breed Specific Legislation. Defined as, a law that bans or restricts certain types of dogs based on their appearance, usually because they are perceived as “dangerous” breeds.

So as you all are aware the mid term election was yesterday (and is over, thank god). Here in Colorado, the city of Aurora was able to vote to end BSL. Colorado had passed a law discouraging BSL but each county gets to decide for themselves weather to enforce it or not. A handful of counties still enforce BSL, one of which is Aurora. I also live in a town where BSL is enforced, which I STRONGLY disagree with.  This midterm election Aurora was able to vote to end BSL. It failed miserably.

I was really excited for the town of Aurora to vote on this topic and expected a close outcome, and obviously hopefully a win putting a stop to BSL. But is wasn’t even close. 67% to 33% to be exact. That is huge. I don’t think it was what anyone expect, and obviously not want anyone who wants to end BSL hoped for.

So let me take you back. I go to the dog park frequently, and as I said I live in Douglas county where BSL is enforced. I am going about my business with my boxer and a lady comes up to me and says, “You know you can’t have that dog here, pitbulls are illegal.” So at this moment I have about a million thoughts going through my mind, predominately anger. The only thing I could say at the time was, “She isn’t a pit, she is a boxer.” and walked away with a head full of rage. Of course, looking back, I wish I would of took the time to educated this lady but I was so mad I had to try and contain myself from blowing up emotionally with a few choice words. Ruca, my boxer, is a pretty standard looking boxer. This event just goes to prove how uneducated people are and how quick they are to judge. People like this are exactly why BSL exists.

People need to be educated, bottom line. People also need to use some common sense and realize that their lab isn’t the only amazing dog breed that exists. Any dog can be aggressive. Many breeds get a bad name because of what people do to them or make them do. But banning a breed based on looks is absolutely wrong. Dog attacks happen all the time, most of which aren’t pitbulls. Of course, if a pitbull attack happens you bet it will make the news. If a golden or a yorkie attacks someone, it is an unlikely news story. Certain breeds do have a tendency to be more aggressive. Just like certain breeds have a tendency to run or bark more than other breeds. Being a responsible dog owner comes with owning any dog, it is a commitment you accept when you bring your dog home. Being a responsible dog owner is being aware of those tendencies of the breed you bring home.  Being a responsible dog owner means preventing aggression in your dog to the best of your ability, and knowing your dog. Not putting them in a situation that will make them uncomfortable. Owners should be help responsible for their dogs, no matter what the breed. “Pitbulls” are amazing dogs, just like any other dog.

I was pretty bummed when I heard 2D didn’t pass in Aurora. I actually was kind of angry with the people. I feel like a lot of people don’t vote because they feel their vote doesn’t matter. If everyone who thought that, voted, we could make a difference. I also blame people not reading into the measure and just voting before they get the facts. I would be curious how many people even knew what 2D consisted of before they went to vote and made an uneducated decision. We need to educate  people. This should be an ongoing process, not just something we do 6months prior to election. If people understood this breed they would be less terrified. I can understand people being scared for whatever their reason, this is why we have to educate. Education on a large scale will go a long way!

The battle to end BSL continues! It is a long, sometimes discouraging battle. It is frustrating dealing with people who are set in their ways. You can’t change everyone’s mind, but you can change a lot of people’s mind and it WILL make a difference.

“Pitbulls” are amazing dogs. Let’s keeping working to end BSL. Make sure you are educated before you vote!

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