Second Annual Pit Bull Awareness Day on October 25th - 78 Events Planned in 33 States - Calling for an End to Breed Discrimination

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This year ROVERlution, a national grassroots movement protesting Breed Specific Legislation, has teamed up with Bless the Bullys in a joint effort to raise public awareness and demonstrate a united stand against breed discrimination in 33 states from New Market, Alabama to Milwaukee, Wisconsin

ROVERlution.org is holding its Fourth Annual Luv-a-Bully March, in protest of Breed Specific Legislation (BSL). The first protest began in 2005 when the city of Denver, CO banned several dog breeds recklessly resulting in the extermination of innocent family dogs. More information can be found on ROVERlution's web site, http://www.roverlution.org.

March protestors uphold that breed bans violate citizens' Constitutional rights. Protestors maintain that no reputable study has found any particular breed of dog to be inherently dangerous and cite irresponsible dog ownership as the root of problematic dogs in society.

Three breeds most under fire are the American Pit Bull Terrier, the American Staffordshire Terrier, and the Staffordshire Bull Terrier, all commonly referred to as "Pit Bulls." It seems forgotten that the all American Pit Bull Terrier was once a favorite family dog revered as the "nanny dog" and showcased as the loveable Petey of the Little Rascals.

Other breeds that have been the target of BSL in cities around the country include the Rottweiler, Doberman, Chow Chow and the German Shepard.

"The behavior of any breed of dog is largely determined by the actions of dog owners. All dogs must be judged by their actual behavior and not stereotyped as breed aggressive. Insurance companies and government entities who have chosen to penalize dog ownership based on breed prejudice must be stopped," said Dr. Paula Terifaj, veterinarian and leader of ROVERlution.org.

Terifaj further asserts that media hype and misinformation has largely contributed to the irrational fear and ignorance that surrounds these breeds. What we need is stronger law enforcement to protect communities from any dog found to be a public threat and stiffer penalties on dog owners who harbor dangerous dogs.

Reported attacks by "Pit Bulls" are erroneously represented as a breed problem when experience shows that all dog attacks regardless of breed can be traced back to failure by the owner to properly train and socialize the dog, owner neglect or abuse, and failure to enforce existing dangerous dog laws that would remove dogs proven to be a real threat.

Local dog rescue organizations and animal advocacy groups will participate with information on how to promote public safety and offer tips to help dog owners insure that their dogs remain welcomed canines in their communities.

Contact:

Paula Terifaj DVM
Founders Veterinary Clinic
330 N Brea Blvd #F
Brea, CA 92821

(714) 990-0661

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