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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I have the cutest/friendliest staffie and cannot ever move to take a new job because these laws are so bad and hard to work out from place to place. This is supposed to be America, you can have a gun but you can't have dog... Stupid. It needs to be fixed.
Oh ave a pit bull and he is the sweetest, most loving dog that I have had. He Is super smart, and I don't believe he, nor his breed should be punished because people are raising them the wrong way. The people should be punished, not the dog. He is just doing what he is taught. Pit bulls are very obedient and loyal to their owner.
I love pitbulls and the only reason i cant get one is because of this stupid law. Any dog can harm someone it is all about how you raise and treat the animal.Trust me with loving care from birth or rehabilitation a pitbull can be as sweet and loving as any dog. I'M PITBULL PROUD!!!!!!
I love pitbulls and the only reason i cant get one is because of this stupid law. Any dog can harm someone it is all about how you raise and treat the animal.Trust me with loving care from birth or rehabilitation a pitbull can be as sweet and loving as any dog. I'M PITBULL PROUD!!!!!!
Please, I beg of you.. look at the other side of the leash before making the decision to erase certain breeds of dogs. There is no dog that is inherently bad. There are more effective means of approaching this issue. Many of these animals are beloved family members and have been for years. Please look at the deed not the breed!
Please, I beg of you.. look at the other side of the leash before making the decision to erase certain breeds of dogs. There is no dog that is inherently bad. There are more effective means of approaching this issue. Many of these animals are beloved family members and have been for years. Please look at the deed not the breed!
Millions of Pitbull/bully breeds die every year in our shelters already. Discrimination against this breed (or any breed) only ensures that even more will die. Pits are the most loving, loyal, devoted dogs that they are. Our nations history says so. That is why they were know as "Nanny Dogs" to children for more that 100 years before they were demonized. BSL is wrong and needs to be done away with.
Please stop discriminating against pitbulls. My 8 year old pitbull mix is not aggressive towards any human, cat, or dog. She doesn't even jump on people or slobber all over people like other dogs I've known. She is well trained, calm, intelligent, and loving. These breed specific bans are making it difficult for us to find housing. My dog is my best friend. I love her more than anyone in this world. She is my family. Please give pitbulls and their responsible owners a break. I don't want to live in fear that she could be legally taken away from me, even when she's done nothing wrong.