My favorite thing in the entire world is dogs. That’s why I deeply care about stopping Breed Specific Legislation (BSL). BSL restricts or bans certain types or breeds of dogs, most often pit bulls. I’ve been following the issue for quite a while but I haven’t seen it talked about within libertarian circles. So, I decided to make a video to hopefully spread awareness.
(Here’s a link to adopt Leah– the girl at the end of video: http://www.bullypaws.org/animals/detail?AnimalID=6109859)
I was thrilled to see comments from people who were not previously aware of BSL. It’s a liberty issue and a great way to reach animal lovers. There is already an active community against BSL. These people don’t like the government telling them what kind of dog they can or cannot have.
The argument against BSL is very similar to the argument against gun control. Pit bulls are the AR-15s of the dog world. They look scary! People want to ban them! But BSL (and gun control) only hurts the good guys and helps the bad guys. The good guys are the responsible dog owners who properly train dogs and the bad guys are the thugs who train dogs to be aggressive fighters. What happens when you make pit bulls illegal? You only make them more desirable and profitable to criminals and sketchy breeders.
If you ban pit bulls, only criminals will have pit bulls…
It breaks my heart to hear that innocent dogs are being taken away from their loving owners and euthanized. Can you imagine animal control officers coming into your house and stealing your dog because he or she is the wrong breed? There are cases of animal control officers climbing over backyard fences to nab pit bulls because of BSL.
Other people hide their dogs in their house and live in fear that animal control officers will knock on their door and kill their innocent family pet. There are leaked photos from a Denver animal shelter of pit bulls killed due to the ban (WARNING: VERY GRAPHIC CONTENT.) Some dogs are killed because they are misidentified as pit bulls by government officials– it’s sometimes hard to tell especially with mixed breeds.
Try this “pick the pit” quiz.
Before making the video, I asked on my social networks if people could please send me pictures of their pit bulls with an anti-BSL message. I was overwhelmed with the response. Almost 100 photos! Thank you!
I decided to split the video in two so more dogs could be featured. Here’s the second video with more dog photos!
Will you help me spread awareness?
Learn more here:
Stop BSL: http://stopbsl.org/
Love a Bull: http://love-a-bull.org/resources/bsl/
American Humane Association: http://www.americanhumane.org/animals/stop-animal-abuse/fact-sheets/breed-specific-legislation.html
Also adopt, don’t shop!
Pit Bull Rescue Center: http://www.pbrc.net/