Lessons from the Campaign to End BSL
You want to hear something crazy?
I am STILL getting postcards emailed to me! It’s one month past the deadline, and I’m still printing and going to the post office on a weekly basis!
Plus, as a reminder, I’m still collecting comments to be postcard messages. Click on this post to leave your comment to help end BSL!
When I launched the campaign, I was terrified that no one would participate. But I’ve been so surprised and so thrilled around every turn. Throughout this process, I’ve learned so much… more than could fit in a single blog post, but here are a few of the biggest lessons I’ve learned from the Campaign to End BSL:
- I learned that there are a lot of people who care, people who care enough to take action: create a postcard, write an email, tweet, post on Facebook, and so much more. There are literally thousands of people willing to step up and do something because of how much they care.
- I learned that there are many, many people who have never heard of breed-specific legislation. Even if it takes a lot longer for Denver to enact change, I learned that the education component was just as – if not more – important than the protest component. I wish I would’ve kept track of how many people said, “I never knew.” Or how many of you told me about the opportunities you had to educate. That metric would have been invaluable.
- On the flip side, I learned just how far there is to go in rehabilitating the “pit bull” image. I only received a couple angry emails, but while I was researching bully news stories, I started reading the comments sections. And oh boy. Bully breeds have a huge obstacle to overcome: public perception.
- Lastly, I learned that if you just put an idea out there, there are people everywhere who want to help. While the postcards may not have been the best idea (too expensive, too complicated to create, etc.), it activated people.
So it’s time to launch the next idea. I have a few thoughts floating around that I need to get down on paper. But I’d love to hear your suggestions.
What else can we do to rehabilitate the public’s perception of bully breeds?