Deirdre “Little Darling” Franklin is the founder, president, and soul behind Pinups for Pitbulls. She holds a master’s degree in public policy from Drexel University, where she specialized in breed-specific legislation.
What should we be asking for instead of Breed Specific Legislature?
Licensing of breeders
We want to make sure that we are encouraging the licensing of breeding. However, people who are backyard breeders aren’t necessarily going to comply with the law, but even if we can help affect how many dogs are being regulated in our communities, it would really help us to control what’s going to happen in our community as it pertains to dog’s safety and community safety.
What are the current laws regarding breeding?
There are currently some regulations on breeders. According to APHIS “Facilities that breed and sell their animals to pet stores, brokers, or research facilities are covered under the Animal Welfare Act (AWA). The facility operators are required to obtain a license from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). APHIS inspectors from the Animal Care program conduct unannounced compliance inspections to ensure that the animals receive humane care and treatment. The Many States and local governments also have their laws that protect animals. USDA-licensed breeders and dealers also have to comply with these laws.”
Even though there are laws about proper care of dogs, many backyard breeders and puppy mills still exist. Instead of spending money on policing dogs who are already in homes, we should be putting resources into trying to control the breeders who are not following the rules.
As dog owners, we need to be better educated about where we are getting our dogs. Yes, the puppy in the pet store looks sweet and cute, but you need to find out where they came from. You do not want to purchase a dog who has been taken away from his mom too soon and will now have behavioral issues for the most of his life. Or a dog who, through unfortunate inbreeding, is not full of medical problems. If we are not buying these dogs, it will put those breeders out of business.
PFPB is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization whose mission is to educate people about the history, temperament, and plight of the pit bull-type dog; raising awareness to rally against Breed Specific Legislation (BSL) and Breed Discriminatory Laws (BDL). PFPB’s goal is to restore the image of the pit bull-type dog to its former reputation of America’s companion animal, war hero, and family member.