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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Breed is only one aspect of a dog's temperament; how one is raised and a dog's particular personality is what gives a dog its character. What I find remarkable is the high number of rescued abused pit bulls who turn out to be kind and gentle companions. BSL is an abomination, no matter the breed affected, that a civilized society should not abide.
I agree that this legislation needs to end. Put the irresponsible humans on the restricted list to not be allowed to OWN DOGS because THEY are the morons that don't know how to be good pet owners, it's not the DOG's fault so stop standing behind idiotic people and making idiotic and ignorant laws -
These laws are ridiculous! I just had to rehome my dog because I moved somewhere where they have banned pits! Get rid of this stupid law!
Breed specific legislation is ignorant people who are not responsible pet owner's should be punished but not the dogsThe dogs that are banned are often in the vast majority of the cases stable caring family members
BSL is not only targeting "pit bulls"
BSL is legal ignorance; I've NEVER seen a Chihuahua that doesn't bite or act viciously - but Chi's aren't banned because they're so small. The bigger breeds are often far more laid back, but taken advantage of by stupid cruel people, and therefore get a bad image. The REAL problem is not the dog -- it's the human on the other end of the leash.
BSL is ignorant discrimination