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Old 05-20-2008, 09:01 PM
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In lieu of Ohio's proposed ban on "pit bull dogs", I've revisited something that I've thought about for a loong time now.

Iowa needs a group - an organized group - to fight BSL. It's happening all around us, it's rearing its ugly head in various Iowa counties... it's only a matter of time before one of these bills appears in Iowa.

Thing is, I don't know how to start something like this. Ideally, the group would have a website for BSL alerts and information, contact information for IA politicians, information about "stigma breeds", etc. Groups would visit pet expos and public events, bringing friendly, well-adjusted, "bomb proof" dogs potentially affected by BSL - to show the public what wonderful animals they can be. Booths would also provide education and information. A side-project of mine (again, redyre reminded me of this with one of her posts) - a CHILDREN'S guide to dog safety and the "stigma breeds" - create a pamphlet with a "cast of characters" - a pit bull, a dobe, a rottweiler, an akita or gsd or chow... ya know, something fluffy.

I have a logo so far... just something I've been playing around with. The dog in the logo is named Heartland. He'd play a big role in the children's pamphlet...



Whatcha think? Is there any way to get this out of my head and into the "real world"? Does anyone more experienced in these matters have any advice or suggestions?
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Old 05-20-2008, 09:58 PM
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I love the logo!! It looks great
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Old 05-20-2008, 10:09 PM
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I whole heartedly agree Sizzle. I dont know how to get a group going either, but you have my support 100%. I would like to be a part of this group too!
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Ideally the group should have some financial backers or a way to make money. The best way to combat BSL is by hiring a lobbyist to support your group.
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Old 05-20-2008, 10:12 PM
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That's awesome, Sizzle! : ) I wish I lived in Iowa.
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Old 05-20-2008, 10:16 PM
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I am with you 100% as well, There is a GSD at the shelter here I could bring to one of the pet expos, he is perfect for it.
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Old 05-20-2008, 10:31 PM
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The best way to combat BSL is by hiring a lobbyist to support your group.
Urg.

Does that have to be done right away, or can a group "start small"?
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Old 05-21-2008, 07:28 AM
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Probably start small, but I'm no expert. The reason the AR people seem to be so far ahead of us though is the fact that their groups spend money on lobbyists. Any group is better than none though, and we need to get our word out.
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Old 05-21-2008, 07:38 AM
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logo-wise, i'd use a different font for "against..." it took me a minute to figure out what that word was, hard to read...

kudos on trying to start an anti BSL group!!
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^^ So would I. But it looks GREAT, Sizzle.

Maybe something you want to do is contact groups like it in other states to get some support/advice.
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