STOP/END BSL (Breed Specific Legislation)

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Breed Specific Legislation(BSL):
What is BSL?

Breed specific legislation(BSL) is designed to place restrictions on ownership of certain breeds of dogs.
A breed ban usually requires that all dogs of a certain appearance (targeted breed) be removed from the county, city, state, or Province.
Breed-specific restrictions may require an owner of the said targeted breed do any of the following or all.
1.Purchase liability insurance ranging from $100,000-$500,000
2.Muzzle the dog of said breed while in public
2.Mandatory Spay or neuter the breed in question
3.The breed in question may not leave the owners premises
4.The dog must be contained in a kennel with specific requirements (6' high chain link walls, a lid, and concrete floors)
5.Place signs on the outside of the residence where the dog lives with vicious dog on them
6.Make the dog wear a vicious dog tag or other identifying marker
7.Some county municipals require you to buy a special license for each dog ranging from $100-$200 per year

Why BSL doesn't work?

Breed Specific Legislation is the campaigns to ban dog owners from owning a certain breed of dog deemed dangerous. And it doesn't work. By making these dogs illegal you make them more desirable to criminals and people who want to own the breed for the wrong reasons. This leads to terrible breeding practices which can lead to temperament and health problems and in turn only support the stereotypical version of the breed.

A more effective way to deal with a dog breed deemed to be aggressive would be to use the energy put into Breed Specific Legislation campaigns and redirect that energy into campaigns to enforce ethical breeding practices. Dogs bred from backyard breeders or puppy mills or from other illegal activity, are much more likely to have behavior problems due to poor genetics. Responsible breeders take great care to select and breed only the dogs with the most sound temperaments and sturdy structures. Puppy mills and backyard breeding only furthers the bad genes.

BSL is ineffective. It will not solve the problem. It will only make the banned breeds more attractive to the people who should not have them. An make it where the people who deserve to own them unable to.


Who does BSL effect?

It is my belief that BSL affects all the good pet owners the ones of us who are doing right by the breed an being responsible pet owners. When I hear the phrase BSL it makes mad it is the same as being racist, And deeming a breed in it self as bad is wrong people only tend to focus on the bad certain BSL breeds have done.....Most people think only the bully breeds are in this category but they are wrong many popular family dogs fall into this category an mor

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I. Currently found two abandoned puppies I took them in and paid with my own pocket to cure them. Yeah there's a big problem with breeders. Now I'm not saying this is wrong. I do think that some are exaggerated and to an extent kind of cruel. I think there's gotta be a better way then to have them treated alot less or like a prisoner. Not too put it in that way but lets take time to think about it.
You show me a badly behaving dog in any breed and I'll show you a terrible owner that should not be allowed to have a dog. Instead of breed-specific legislation, how about owner-specific legislation?

P.S. I hate hashtags as much as anyone but maybe it could help raise some awareness:
I see a ton of bulldogs, pitbulls, cane corso, rottweiler, and mixes of the like in mass quantities at local shelters in California, these animals cant get adopted because of breed legislation and are generally euthanize because of it. As someone who grew up with large breed dogs including rottweilers and pitbulls i have to say the laws are outrageous and the stereotypes around these , work dogs and nannie dogs are just fuel to feed media fires. stop telling people like me we are only aloud to have puppy purses or I do not want a tiny "pretty" dog. I want a loyal, protective animal that will not only protect my child but will let be her best friend and make her feel safe. In a world were 18 year olds are walking into churches or schools and shooting everyone, in this present day were my child has more chance of being attacked by a full grown adult than she does of graduating with a sufficient education, I want her to have a strong loyal friend to be there to protect her and save her life if necessary. Back off of the kind of dogs I love and my family love, all animals all breeds of dog deserve a home and a loving family. I would just as well jump in front of a bullet for my dog as they would for me.
I own a pit bull she is 7 now and has never ever shown any signs of aggression towards anyone. Lilly absolutely loves going to the dog parks and play..she has been exposed to cats in our home and enjoys sleeping with them. This breed has been picked on I truly believe it is not the type of dog that she is it says a lot on how a dog is treated and raised.
This needs to end. Do you people realize how much harm and sadness this causes? I refuse to get rid of my little boy. I will never put him in a shelter because hes a pitbull. I can not find a place to live. I have been denied everywhere. So here I am still sleeping on my parents couch with my dog because we can't find a home. I have done everything. I have paid for this AKC Good Citizen program, Hes gone through other training programs, he has a doggy resume, and the whole ten yards. But no matter what, once I say Pitbull I am denied. End BSL, its not right. Its not okay. Its not safer for anyone. Just please, don't bully my breed.
the abuse to this creations that give us so much love and affection has to stop