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Friday, January 30, 2015

Don't Want You Or Your Dog Stereotyped? Support #TheMajorityProject!

This post is sponsored by The Animal Farm Foundation and the BlogPaws Professional Pet Blogger Network. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about the The Majority Project, but Bocci's Beefs only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. Animal Farm Foundation is not responsible for the content of this article.

Just because I don't appear to be one of the several "pit bull" breeds (although I am clearly part terrier), doesn't mean that I'll just stand by and watch my fellow dogs and their owners be stereotyped. Hey, some of my best friends are pit bulls! All of us—both humans and canines—want to be treated as the individuals that we are, not lumped together under a collection of negative characteristics. Unfortunately, that's exactly what's happened to "pit bull" breeds in the last few decades.

Enter the Animal Farm Foundation, a not-for-profit corporation that has been rescuing and re-homing animals since 1985. It's central mission is to secure equal treatment and opportunity for "pit bull" dogs. In an effort to challenge the negative stereotypes about pit bulls and pit bull dog owners, the Animal Farm Foundation created The Majority Project, a fun, honest way to declare your support for pit bulls and their owners, the vast majority of whom are responsible, caring pet parents just like Parental Unit and all of our pet blogging friends. The Majority Project is a photo collection designed to call attention to the countless, responsible pit bull dog owners that are part of the fabric of our communities, and who care as much about keeping their families and towns safe as every other pet owner.

Pit Bull owners (and those that love them) can join this campaign by visiting themajorityproject.com, printing and personalizing an "I am the MAJORITY" sign and submitting a photo with their dog.

                        WE support #TheMajorityProject!
Fabulous photo of Parental Unit and me by Rachel Lauren Photography

Breed Specific Legislation (BSL), which often bans pit bull breeds (just because of their DNA, not their behavior) from entire communities has a poor track record. In fact, it has never been effective in reducing dog bites or enhancing public safety. Rather, educating and empowering all pet owners to be responsible, and creating and enforcing non-discriminatory Responsible Pet Ownership Laws, are the most effective ways to build safe, humane communities for all of us. And isn't the collective goal a safe, non-discriminatory community?

Whether you're a pit bull owner, or simply an admirer of these beautiful bully breeds and their parental units, please stand with celebrities like actor and pit bull dog owner, Jon Bernthal, and show your support of # TheMajorityProject. And don't miss this cool, PSA video!

The Majority Project with Jon Bernthal from Animal Farm Foundation on Vimeo.


Sheltie Times said...

I've never been a fan of these laws. The goal needs to be educating and holding owners responsible for the actions of their pets as well as educating the general public about how to approach animals you don't know and safety for children and animals. I've been bitten by little dogs that people carry in purses and bigger dogs people tend to think of as more dangerous. Most of the time it was a result of careless owners leaving dogs free to do stuff they shouldn't have been doing. Had the dogs been properly restrained the dogs never would have been near enough to do me harm.

Unknown said...

We agree Bailey and sadly it is the same over here. Have a fabulous Friday.
Best wishes Molly

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