Tag Archives: BSL

9/27/16 Breaking News from Montreal

Montreal has passed a highly controversial Breed Selective Legislation targeting pit bulls and pit mixes. New ownership of these dogs is prohibited. Anyone owning a breed identified as pit bull or pit mix (including, but not limited to, Staffordshire Terriers, American Staffordshire Terriers, Pit Bull Terriers or any breed mixed with these or exhibiting traits of these dogs) must obtain a special license (permit) to keep their dog; regardless of whether or not it has been identified as aggressive.

This means more pits will be euthanized. Pits are already #1 on the euth list in most shelters.

This law was passed after a 55 year old woman was mauled to death by a dog, which was initially identified as a pit bull. However, authorities are waiting for DNA tests to see exactly what kind of dog it was. That’s right. They banned the breed, not even knowing for sure if it was a pit that did the mauling.

A campaign manager for The Humane Society International/Canada stated the new laws “would kill innocent dogs without any improvement in public safety”. Montreal SPCA said it was “disappointed, but not surprised”.

If you think this can’t happen in  your own town, you are wrong.

Ban the deed, not the breed. Make dog owners responsible for their pets.

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(crying tears for the dogs and their families in Canada tonight)

Sadly, Maggie

 

 

2/11/15 News Update

We’ve been having kind of sketchy computer service. So I have to tell you what’s been going on!

Mom entered herself and me in the 2016 Pinups for Pitbulls Model search! We had a little photo shoot in the basement and everything! Jamie was in charge of treats for making me sit still and Dad took the pictures with his phone. Then he had a really difficult time getting them dowloaded since the computer has been acting up like crazy!

Pinups for Pitbulls is a non-profit organization whose mission is to educate against BSL and end discrimination against all breeds of dogs. Well, that’s part of their mission, anyway. Their “pinup girl and dog” calendar is their main way of making money. If we win the contest, we go to Philadelphia for a professional photo shoot! We will know by March 15 if we are winners or not. Mom hopes at least one of us goes, just to help this fantastic organization!

On the book front, Maggie: A Shelter Dog Finds Her Home has been submitted to 21 publishing houses by our great agent! We have had a few rejections already; however, we have quite a way to go as far as possibilities, and as Nancy says, “We only need one”! Paws crossed for a book deal to happen soon! Mom has two more books on the back burner and one in-process. They are geared for grades K-2.

My young master Jamie has finally regained his health and went to the dentist today. He got a great checkup, except for the fact that he needs braces! Brace yourself…

The humans went out with their dear friends the Serafins the other night. Mom got an early Valentine’s Day gift from them and she gave me the lovely pink ribbon:

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I think I look all festive for Valentine’s Day!

Woof! Love, Maggie (hopefully a pinup Pit)

8/26/13, Dog Fighting

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Jamie and Me.  Pits are lovers, not fighters!!  Read on…

I’m taking a break from my normal blogging activity to to follow up on the “BSL” post, and talk about dog fighting.  What it is, and why it is such a bad thing.  I have cobbled the information together from various sources (not a term paper, so please, no footnotes)!  I hope that if you see a dog neglected or abused, that you will report it or in some way, intervene.  You could be saving that dog from dog fighting or being “bait”.  There is no humane dog fighting.

Dog fighting is called a “blood sport”.  In blood sports, animals are used as “bait” and the participants in this sport usually fight to death.  Dog fighting may date back to the time that dogs were first domesticated.  Dogs would be bred for specific physical characteristics, and dogs unable or unwilling to fight would be used as “bait”.  An inherently cruel practice, “bait” dogs would have their jaws forcibly shut and secured, and their nails clipped off or filed down so that they could not defend themselves when attacked.  Small, weak dogs, kittens, and rabbits are often used as “bait” animals even today.

“Street” dog fighters train their dogs to fight by abuse and starvation of the animal.  Often, they combine the use of drugs, such as cocaine, with torture, to increase aggressiveness in a dog.  Many of these owners have the impression that to make a dog “tough”, it must suffer.  These exploited dogs have a life of misery.

Animal Welfare people and animal activists feel that dog fighting is one of the most serious forms of animal abuse there is.  This is due in part to the horrific “training” a dog must endure, but also from the pre-and-post game violence the dog is subjected to.  Dogs are forced to fight, often prodded in the arena by being poked with sharp objects, until one dog surrenders or is dead.  The wounded animals are usually abandoned, alone and frightened, to die from their injuries and shock.

In the United States, the crime of dog fighting is a felony offense country-wide.  Merely attending a dog fight, even if one does not actively wager, is illegal.  However, there remains more than one hundred thousand people involved in this “sport”.  American Pit Bull Terriers, American Staffordshire Terriers, Staffordshire Bull Terriers, and the Latin American Dogo Argentino, are common breeds which are fought to the death; but this is just a sampling of dogs forced to fight.

At dog fights, the dogs maul each other to death in areas where escape is impossible, while spectators watch and place bets.  Shockingly, many children attend dog fights with their adult companions, and thus are desensitized to violence, especially against animals.  This is disturbing on many levels, particularly because it has been well-documented that persons who abuse animals go on to abuse people later in life. 

Dog fighting has been linked to other criminal activity.  Dog fighting, however, is often difficult to prove unless the individuals involved are caught in the act.  Unfortunately, despite the laws that are in place, dog fighting continues in the United States and in the rest of the world.  Dog fighting has a direct link to dog attacks; and in response to this, Legislators have enacted laws restricting or banning certain breeds of dogs.  Many suspected “vicious breeds” are shot by police, or, if picked up on the street, euthanized.  Sadly, BSL (Breed Selective Legislation) is ineffective against dog attacks or bites and is discriminatory and unfair.

As a dog classified as a Pitbull, I cannot adequately express how all this makes me feel.  To know that people entrusted with our care will turn a trusting, loving dog into a killing machine through pain, fear, neglect, starvation, and the like is beyond my comprehension.  To know that other people pass laws to kill these canine victims of abuse after they have been discarded is even worse, and saddens me even further.  Frankly, Pitbull bites are in the news while other dog bites and attacks go unreported and unremarked upon.  This over-sensationalism by the media makes my breed and others like me look bad.  People are prejudiced against us and fear us.

No dog I know wants to be involved in dog fighting.  I’m not saying that there aren’t varieties of temperaments amongst litter-mates, and like humans, different dogs have different personality traits.  But no breed of dog is born evil or vicious.

Dogs are what humans make them to be.

Love, Maggie

8/25/13 BSL, or Breed Specific Legislation

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Mom and Me and a belly rub

Thanks to cb at contrafactual, I was advised that President Obama has lent his support to the anti-BSL cause.  I would like to take this time to explain a bit of what BSL means in my own words.

BSL, or Breed Selective Legislation, targets specific breeds of dogs and identifies them as undesirable, dangerous, and unpredictable, and restricts their living in a community.  This somewhat reminds me of the “#1 Undesirable” poster in the Harry Potter movie.  BSL, however, has a far more serious effect.

Under BSL, owners of the undesirable breed, such as: American Pit Bull Terriers, American Staffordshire Terriers (yours truly), and Staffordshire Bull Terriers, are required to adhere to guidelines that are not imposed on other dog owners.  Owners typically have 30 days to comply.  Most communities will grandfather in dogs currently living there, but restrict any new ownership of said dogs.  If a dog is picked up on the street and suspected of being a targeted breed, it is normally killed, based on appearance alone!

Pitbulls are currently the breed under the microscope.  In the past, Rottweilers, German Shepherds, Doberman Pinschers, and Chow Chows have all been subject to BSL.  It boils down to BSL promoting the wide-spread euthanasia of certain breeds of dogs to eliminate them.  What a sad day it is that we punish the animals for the actions and inactions of their irresponsible owners!

Furthermore, there is no evidence to support that BSL actually works or is effective at reducing dog bites or attacks.  It is responsible pet ownership, owner education and the elimination of dog fighting that reduces attacks on humans and other animals.  (I plan a separate post on dog fighting.)  You can find a very informative post regarding Breed Specific Legislation at everycreaturecounts.org.  Furthermore, this website has a wealth of information from the best cat litter pans to dog shots.  I highly suggest you visit it if you are a pet owner.

Please do not support BSL in your area.  Thank  you, President Obama, for having a sane head in this matter.