Saint Francis Terrier, which has been their name, officially,
since 1996, and first used by the SPCA in San Francisco. They
were formerly known as the American Stafford Shire Terrier, or
"Saint Francis Terrier" is very befitting, because this
breed has a lot of integrity, warmth, is extremely loyal and loving
-- the most affectionate and intelligent
dog in the world!
Petition in favor of the St. Francis Terrier
I am asking for your support
with this petition to "Save the St. Francis Terrier"
from being banned. I am not sure if you are aware of the current
situation in Miami, FL. Miami has a pre-emptive no-BSL law but
Miami/Dade County was exempted 13 years ago when the law went
into effect. The breed restrictions were rarely, if ever, enforced
until early April 2002. Due to an irresponsible pet owner there
was a biting incident and because it involved a St. Francis
Terrier, ( the officials, in "MIAMI", are still calling
this breed by a slang term of "pit bull") the Miami
AC is now rigorously enforcing their statutes.
We have heard from people who have been told to either put their
pets down, move, or face fines of $500/day until they comply
with this ordinance. This has stirred a great panic with pet
owners who dearly love their St. Francis Terriers, as they have
been a part of their family for years!
This ordinance is outrageous, and scary, because innocent dogs
are being destroyed left and right -- all due to ignorance about
this breed. And the media hype! Both the media and the city
officials are being reckless with these dogs' lives. The media
just wants to sell head lines and the City Officials are acting
like they are really doing something to prevent a dog bite incident.
It is the responsibility of each pet owner to ensure there are
no dog bite incidents.
Here are the Facts:
"Statistics have shown that people
have been bitten much more often by a Poodle, Schnauzer or Cocker
Spaniel"-- but these reports
do not make head lines OR sell newspapers. The media
is as much to blame as the ignorance of these officials in Miami,
FL for the great injustice that has been thrust upon this wonderful
breed of dog undeserving of this type of treatment!
Every respective pet owner is responsible for what their pets
do. Singling out and "banning" a particular breed
of dog does nothing to make pet owners more responsible or accountable.
This ordinance has got to be overturned
to restore justice to this wonderful breed of dog.
Any dog bite incident should be investigated and all the information
accurately collected before making any decisions about the pet
or the pet owner. In other words, each situation should be evaluated
on a case-by-case basis and judged strictly on those merits.
What Really Needs to be Done
This ordinance has got to be overturned to restore justice to
this wonderful breed.
What there needs to be is an ordinance in every City of every
State in the U.S. that punishes anyone for animal abuse--
This includes: physical abuse or neglect,
stealing another pet owner's pet and/or abusing it or killing
it. These crimes should be punishable not only with a
stiff fine but to also incarcerate anyone for any of these such
acts, even once.
They should be incarcerated for an indefinite period, depending
upon the severity of the act/s and without the possibility of
parole in extreme cases. There should
be only a one strike and you're fined and incarcerated ordinance.
We feel that being tough on crimes inflicted on any pet is abominable
and should not be any more condoned than if these acts were
committed upon a person--adult or child.
Together-only with your help can we accomplish
what is equitable for our wonderful pets who give us such unconditional
love. We owe it to them to protect them from these abuses
and injustices -- Won't you please help
us help this wonderful breed. By helping them you will be helping
pets everywhere. We need to set a precedence NOW!
Please feel free to circulate your own petition - to save the
St. Francis Terriers (aka "pit bull" - slang term)
from being banned in Florida. All you need is lined paper with
the date, persons name, address, phone number, signature and
collect as many signatures as possible. Our goal is to collect
10,000 signatures ASAP.
Just email us a short paragraph on saving the St. Francis Terrier
--NOT to ban them --
Email your input to:
Note: If you have a list of people who also want to help save
the St. Francis Terrier from this injustice, please just put
as many people on the from line of your email (with their permission)
and submit it to us at:
We hope to gather many, many signatures. We are asking each
person to collect a minimum of 3 pages of signatures and MAIL
Pet Literate, P.O. Box 374, Manhattan
Beach, CA 90267-0374,
Attn: J.D.,/ Re: Petition For Saint Francis
Please make copies for yourself and put your name at the very
top of the list so we know who collected these signatures -
send in originals ONLY - Thank you!
If you cannot physically collect signatures, please just route
an email to as many people for their support by asking them
to do the same. All anyone needs to do is email us that they
do not want them to Ban the St. Francis Terrier, at:
Subject: Not to ban the St. Francis Terrier
Note: Make sure to put in the body of the email what you are
emailing about -- Not to Ban the St. Francis Terrier -
(don't just put in the subject line, but in the body of the
Remember, you can either mail us the original
Signatures OR email replies from a list of people in support
"NOT banning" the St. Francis Terrier
(For mail ins: Any number of pages of signatures -- 3 pages
each would be great, but whatever you can gather quickly will
definitely help save this breed and owners from losing their
beloved dogs needlessly)
We will periodically review to see how many signatures we have
from people who want to save the St. Francis Terrier.
If you are sending us a hard copy, make sure it includes: Name,
phone, address and date with their signatures to the far right.
Make sure your name is at the very top of the list so we know
who collected these signatures. We will
put your name in for the Grand Prize Drawing.
The name of the winner/s will only be posted on our web site as
soon as we have reached our goal in collecting 10,000 signatures.
So, check our site often - you just may be a winner!
Disclaimer: Those eligible for the Grand Prize Drawing need to
submit at least 3 pages of signatures OR 100 people (via email)
who are in support of NOT banning the St. Francis Terrier -- to
be eligible for the Grand Prize.
You will automatically win a year's FREE membership. And all members
are entitled to enter contests/drawings. (See our Rewards Program
for more details/ discounts). But the *GRAND PRIZE is in addition
to a one year's FREE membership.
Note: You can send in one page at a time if that's best for you
or email us as often as you like with supporters in favor. So
we can keep track, make sure you tell us in the emails who you
are and that you are collecting the support via email or submitting
original petitions. This way we can put you
in the drawing for the Grand Prize!
This is a win-win-win situation. With your support the
following can and WILL happen:
St. Francis Terriers will NOT have to be destroyed;
people gathering the petitions will automatically win a year's
FREE membership -- if you gather at least 30 signatures--Either
also a chance to win at the GRAND PRIZE!
*The Grand Prize will be announced as soon
as we collect 10,000 signatures. The Grand Prize winner
also will be announced only on our site. So check our site periodically
to see if you have won. You'll need to contact us as soon as you
know if you are a GRAND PRIZE winner!