Thursday, February 18, 2010

Vote to Protect Your Dog from Breed Specific Legislation

What if you could ask the Obama Administration to take a stance against breed specific legislation, or if you could reach out to over a million people and a network of bloggers to put an end to breed bans?

Here's your chance: is running its Ideas for Change competition, where community members have been proposing ideas across twenty different social issues for what they'd like to see change in America. The ideas have been racking up votes for several weeks now, and the top three from each cause will advance to the next round, where they will compete against each other for the top ten slots.

The end goal is more than just the glory of saying your idea won a popularity contest: The Top 10 Ideas will be formally announced at an event in Washington, D.C., where they will be presented to representatives of the media, the nonprofit community, and relevant officials of the Obama Administration. Plus, will unleash the resources of its staff, community, and network on grassroots campaigns to make each of the top ideas a reality.

Right now, "Ban Breed Specific Legislation" is in 6th place in the Animals category.

Not surprisingly, this idea has generated a lot of debate in the comments section. Some people believe the myths that pit bulls are more dangerous than other dogs. Some people don't believe that this is an important enough idea. Others have posted about how their pit bulls have changed their lives.

If you're reading this blog, odds are that you fall into that last category. Breed specific legislation not only targets innocent dogs and owners, but it doesn't resolve the problem. Non-breed specific Dangerous Dog Legislation is a much more effective way of addressing the public health problem of dog bites because it gets at the real problem: irresponsible dog owners. It's also more cost effective for communities than BSL, and doesn't cause the unnecessary, and unfair, euthanasia of dogs just because of their breed.

Cast your vote for pit bulls today!

Voting ends at 5pm on February 25th

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