STOP/END BSL (Breed Specific Legislation)

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Breed Specific Legislation(BSL):
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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
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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.

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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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As a professional trainer, I know pit bulls are one of the strongest breeds. However, they are also one of the sweetest breeds. What it really comes down to is the temperament of the dog and its training. If they really were concerned, instead of banning breeds, perhaps they ought to require temperament testing on all dogs over 30 lbs to live in places like apartments etc. However, keep in mind that Pomeranians and Jack Russel terriers have also caused fatalities. Currently I own a chow chow and a German shepherd. Neither one of these dogs has ever bitten anyone, but the lab I grew up with sure did! Just imagine how many people would be enraged if they began to ban them!
I've rescued 4 pitbulls in my lifetime and I'm 37 yrs old and they have been the BEST companions ever. As a child I had 2 German Shepards and a Doberman and they as well were GREAT companions! This BSL is breed racism really. As a society we don't blame a certain race for unlawful or socially unaccecptable behaviors, we blame the person no matter race or origin! It's criminals, uneducated and all around bad people that condition these poor dogs to be mean or territorial. I've witnessed a few REALLY aggressive Labs and Dalmations yet those are considered a few of the most socially acceptable family pets. It's just like any law, THE ONLY people it hurts are law abiding tax paying hard working citizens. We are the ones that pay the fines and follow the rules while the criminals continue to breed and fight these poor misrepresented breeds lol THEY DON"T CARE if they are within the parameters of "the law". All BSL does is make having/breeding fighting dogs more appealing and more "thug" for those who have identity crisis and need a status symbol to feel better about themselves in some derelict way. PUNISH THE DEED NOT THE BREED!
I've rescued 4 pitbulls in my lifetime and I'm 37 yrs old and they have been the BEST companions ever. As a child I had 2 German Shepards and a Doberman and they as well were GREAT companions! This BSL is breed racism really. As a society we don't blame a certain race for unlawful or socially unaccecptable behaviors, we blame the person no matter race or origin! It's criminals, uneducated and all around bad people that condition these poor dogs to be mean or territorial. I've witnessed a few REALLY aggressive Labs and Dalmations yet those are considered a few of the most sociallt acceptable family pets. It's just like any law, THE ONLY people it hurts are law abiding tax paying hard working citizens. We are the ones that pay the fines and follow the rules while the criminals continue to breed and fight these poor misintepreted breeds lol THEY DON"T CARE if they are within the parameters of "the law". All BSL does is make having/breeding fighting dogs more appealing and more "thug" for those who have identity crisis and need a status symbol to feel better about themselves in some derelict way. PUNISH THE DEED NOT THE BREED you idiots!