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Pit bulls need to be trained to be well loved and respected companions not abused, they also need Love they need to learn to trust, Pitt Bulls need to be trained not much different than any other breed, all breeds need to be trained but not abused. They also need to be appreciated. There are 2 points I want to make 1. Guns are legal we can own Guns, we can carry guns, but we can't own pit bulls there is something wrong with that. 2. It seems our government has decided that Pit bulls should be illegal in States, Cities, Counties, There have been people abusing pit bulls it seems since the banning of the breed has been put in place, it is almost like it does not matter because they're not legal no one will care. That is what happened with Puppy Doe she was in 5 different homes, she was 2 years old, people were getting rid of her because she was a pit bull and illegal It was not because she was a bad dog or a bad breed. She was sold for $40.00 off of Craigslist to her last owner who hurt her so badly she had to be put to Sleep. This happened to Puppy Doe because Pit bulls are illegal they can’t be in safe loving homes because some people think they are a bad breed, but we can have guns!
The truth about pit bulls
A number of factors can influence one dog’s, or really any dog’s aggression including their quality of life and upbringing. Unfortunately, for years, pit bulls have been exploited because of their naturally loyal and gentle natures. Since they are intelligent and easy to train, they have become the dog of choice for dog fights, which perpetuate stereotypes of these dogs and harms them physically and emotionally beyond belief.
As the common saying goes, “It is the deed, not the breed” that has made pit bulls out to be monsters in the eyes of the general public when they really aren’t. Anyone who has known the love of a pit knows that they are like any other dog, when treated and raised well.
It is in our hands to change perceptions about pit bulls by not only treating them properly but also by debunking commonly held myths like these.
The problem with breed specific legislation
Aside from dog-fighting, breed specific legislation (BSL) is a major contributor to discrimination against pit bulls and to their sad fate in shelters across the nation (their euthanasia is extremely high, hovering at a staggering 93 percent).
Defined, BSL is a “blanket term for laws that either regulate or ban certain breeds completely in the hopes of reducing dog attacks,” according to the ASPCA.
The Humane Society of the United States reports that BSL “does not enhance public safety or reduce dog bite incidents. Rather, such laws, regulations, and ordinances are costly to enforce and harm families, dogs, and communities.”
As an example of the costly measure that is BSL, the ASPCA reports that Prince George’s County, Md., has spent over $250,000 per year enforcing its ban on pit bulls, and a 2003 study conducted by the county on its effectiveness showed that it in no way improved public safety.
So why is BSL ineffective? For a variety of reasons ranging from the fact that there is zero scientific evidence suggesting that one breed is more prone to attacking or biting than another to the subjectivity of BSL’s very nature, which relies on an undefined breed identification system that harms many more dogs than it might originally intend. Many animal lovers rightly feel that BSL equates breed discrimination.
The first ever One Million Pibble March
Thankfully, there are movements now aimed at ending BSL and spreading greater awareness about the wonderful companions pit bulls can be.
The newest addition to this movement is the One Million Pibble March, headed by comedian Rebecca Corry and sponsored by her foundation, Stand Up for Pits. It will be the first ever national march for pit bulls and will feature a rally of supporters from across the country along with special guests and keynote speakers.
One of the march’s recently announced special guests will be pit bull Elle, who won this year’s American Humane Hero Dog award.
Corry told OGP that the goal of the march is to serve as “the voice for millions of voiceless victims and by doing so inspire legislators to end BSL once and for all. We want to offer solutions to ending the dog fighting epidemic and by doing both of these things, create safe and humane communities for humans and pets.”
The march is set to take place next year on May 3, 2014 on Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C., and all are welcome to attend (but please note: four-legged friends will need to stay home with a dog-sitter).
Corry, a long time animal lover, was inspired to put on the march because of her adopted companion, rescue dog Angel. She was found in South Central Los Angeles with her ears cut off by razor blades or scissors – a home cropping job. Corry also reports that Angel had battery acid dumped on her and that she was once used and abused as a breeding female and a bait dog.
The idea for One Million Pibble March first popped into her head when she was performing in the DC area where she was scheduled to put on her live event, Stand Up for Pits. She decided to visit the White House with Angel and hung a sign on her that read, “Mr. President Be Our Voice.”
Corry started taking photos of Angel with her message, and others visiting that day began doing the same, gathering a crowd of onlookers and photo-takers. That very night, Corry announced to her sold-out Stand Up for Pits show audience that a march on Washington for pit bulls would take place the following year.
“Pit Bull Terriers are voiceless victims and as long as I have a voice, I’m dedicated to being theirs. They are direct targets of discrimination, hate and ignorance and I want it to end. I’m determined to do all I can to facilitate that,” says Corry.
The march includes “pibble” in the name to denote affection for pit bulls. As Corry says, the term means “cute, hilarious, love and perfection. Everything a Pit Bull Terrier is.” Corry hopes that in addition to pibble supporters and special guests, President Obama will also stop by for a “high five,” and even sit down to “share a beer and ideas about ending abuse and discrimination” of pit bulls and other animals.
Ways you can get involved to help pit bulls
Right now, the march is in its planning stage, and funds need to be raised to make it happen. A crowdfunding campaign has been set up here and so far $7,090 out of a $40,000 goal has been raised, but Corry stresses that $40,000 is cutting it close and $60,000 would be ideal to ensure success.
She encourages everyone to donate just one dollar, because if 40,000 people do so at this low rate, the campaign’s goal can easily be reached.
If you are interested in getting involved with the march directly through volunteer work, you can email Corry through the Stand Up for Pits foundation site and follow her on Twitter at @TheRebeccaCorry for updates. Other updates can be found on Facebook on the March’s event page, regular Facebook page, and Stand Up for Pits’ Facebook page.
Planning to attend the 2014 One Million Pibble March? Be sure to make your pledge to be there by following this link.
If you cannot attend the 2014 march, there are plenty of other ways to help pit bulls. Corry suggests the following:
• Purchase a One Million Pibble March t-shirt – 100 percent of proceeds (after cost) go directly to the march’s funding
• Organize local marches on the state, county or city levels.
• Create foster programs to get pit bulls out of shelters and provide them a better chance at adoption.
• Volunteer at your local pit bull rescue and/or shelter.
• Donate to pit bull protection groups like Pit Bull Rescue Central, Incred-A-Bull, and national nonprofits working to end dog-fighting such as the Humane Society of the United States and the ASPCA.
• Reach out to local legislators and offer solutions on how to end animal abuse, dog-fighting, and BSL.
• Post positive photos and videos of pit bulls on social media (like these, for example).
• Educate yourself and others on what BSL really is and politely spread the word about this injustice.
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• Tails are wagging in Washington this week.
• Not only did the Obama family introduce Sunny the puppy to her adoring country, but the White House also came out against breed-specific legislation -- regulations and laws that restrict ownership of dogs by breed, pit bulls being the most common target.
• Groups like the American Bar Association have said for years that these sorts of restrictions do harm -- to families, to dogs, to due process and to the economy -- without actually improving public safety.
• Based on a statement that the White House put out about a week ago, it would seem that Obama agrees. "Breed-Specific Legislation Is a Bad Idea" begins the White House's official response to an online petition, signed by more than 30,000 people, asking for laws that target dogs by breed to be outlawed at a federal level.
• Obama's statement doesn't speak to federal legislative efforts. But, the White House does adopt the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's community-based ideas for better methods of improving public safety:
• We don't support breed-specific legislation -- research shows that bans on certain types of dogs are largely ineffective and often a waste of public resources...As an alternative to breed-specific policies, the CDC recommends a community-based approach to prevent dog bites. And ultimately, we think that's a much more promising way to build stronger communities of pets and pet owners.
• Lisa LaFontaine, who is president of the Washington Humane Society (which received a donation from the Obamas in honor of Sunny the puppy) and a longtime opponent of breed-specific legislation, told The Huffington Post she thinks this statement will provide a big boost.
• "The White House is such a bully pulpit for important issues," she says, with her daughter's pit bull, Lila, napping nearby. "And certainly for them to come down against this type of discrimination I think will give pause to any communities that are thinking about putting something like this in place, and certainly will fuel the work that's already being done by advocates to overturn legislation that already exists...It's a really happy day."
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• Indeed, some advocates -- like those challenging a ban on pit bulls in Prince George’s County, Md., about 20 miles from the White House -- are celebrating.
• Others are not quite as ready to give the president a belly rub.
• "I think it's the least he could do," says Rebecca Corry, an actress and comedian who's organizing the upcoming Million Pibble March on Washington, which is aimed at spreading public awareness about pit bulls, as well as protesting breed-specific legislation and encouraging federal money be spent on enforcement of animal abuse laws. "It should have been done a long time ago."
• Another complaint: widespread pit bull bans in U.S. military housing and other installations (read more about this in a White House petition that went up just after the White House issued its response to the first petition).
• "I really, really hope that the military takes note that the Commander in Chief has made this statement about there being no place for breed-specific legislation," says LaFontaine, who says that "there is nothing more difficult" than seeing families surrender well-loved pets due to wholesale bans on certain types of dogs.
• "Discrimination enshrined in law is not OK," says Corry, whose own dog, Angel, was abused before taking up station in -- for real -- a pit bull kissing booth. "And that's exactly what breed-specific legislation is."
• Here's the White House's full statement:
• We don't support breed-specific legislation -- research shows that bans on certain types of dogs are largely ineffective and often a waste of public resources.
• In 2000, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention looked at twenty years of data about dog bites and human fatalities in the United States. They found that fatal attacks represent a very small proportion of dog bite injuries to people and that it's virtually impossible to calculate bite rates for specific breeds.
• The CDC also noted that the types of people who look to exploit dogs aren't deterred by breed regulations -- when their communities establish a ban, these people just seek out new, unregulated breeds. And the simple fact is that dogs of any breed can become dangerous when they're intentionally or unintentionally raised to be aggressive.
• For all those reasons, the CDC officially recommends against breed-specific legislation -- which they call inappropriate. You can read more from them here.
• As an alternative to breed-specific policies, the CDC recommends a community-based approach to prevent dog bites. And ultimately, we think that's a much more promising way to build stronger communities of pets and pet owners
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