I don’t do much reblogging, in fact, I never have, but I absolutely love this post from Simone, “If Pit Bulls are Outlawed, Only Outlaws Will Have Pit Bulls“. It’s a touching post I want to share with you, especially those fellow Pit Bull lovers. Read more of Simone’s blog, Simone Says here. She is a wonderful friend and old college roommate. This post is awesome; enjoy! Thanks Simone 😀
If Pit Bulls are Outlawed, Only Outlaws Will Have Pit Bulls
You know that phrase, “you’ve got to stand for something or else you’ll fall for anything?”. Probably heard that in a country song somewhere, but whenever I hear it, it always makes me think about what I’m truly passionate about. One of those things I’m going to share with y’all today, in honor of October being Pit Bull Awareness Month. I’m not quite sure where it came from since I’ve never owned a pit bull myself, but I cannot stand how discriminated against this breed of dog is in our society. Not even just in our daily rhetoric, but that there are actual legal ramifications in place in this country for owning a pit. Breed Specific Legislation is not only unfair, but it’s illogical and its purpose will (already has) only prove ineffective. Here’s why.
1. “Dangerous Dogs” (as they’re classified) are a result of human behavior, not breed traits. The biggest argument against breed discrimination is always “punish the owner, not the breed”, and it’s for a reason! Why should the dog suffer for its owner’s irresponsibility? Last time I checked, animal cruelty is still a crime, and nothing speaks more to the fact that an animal has been mistreated than when it acts in a way that is dangerous to those around it.
2. BSL is difficult to enforce, especially with pit bulls. Though there exists an American Pit Bull Terrier, the term ‘pit bull’ in our everyday vernacular is used to group many breeds and mixes together, making it difficult to define what is meant by the term and which dogs qualify.
3. Like most things that are banned, if pit bulls are outlawed, only outlaws will have pit bulls. And nobody wants that.
There was a time where the American Pit Bull Terrier was a symbol of American nationalism. During the World Wars they were used to deliver messages on the battlefields and were honored for their loyalty, strength and resilience. It makes me so sad that those same traits are now exploited, becoming the main arguments for why they’re unfit as pets. To me, the whole blaming the dog thing is just one of the many examples of how people in our society continue to distance themselves from taking personal responsibility, opting instead to seek the easy way out by putting responsibility on others.
The picture above is of Daddy, Cesar Millan’s amazing pit bull, who we can thank for showing the world just how incredible these dogs can be before his passing. With all the negative press out there about this breed, it’s easy to be misguided about their true nature, but if you’re one of those people who tenses up when you see one, try not to be so quick to judge next time. You never know what could happen if you changed your perspective. Especially since the majority of dogs waiting to be adopted are pit bulls or some kind of a mix, your next pet could even end up being a pit!
If not for anything else, think twice before you judge an animal that has no voice of its own. Educate yourself before agreeing with others’ prejudice. In honor of Pit Bull Awareness month, challenge yourself to get to know one. You might be surprised at what you find.
Do it for Daddy!