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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It's so frustrating that silly laws keep owners from being able to keep their beloved furry family members. America needs to be more pet-friendly in general, particularly with bully breeds. Innocent animals are euthanized in batches because of these INEFFECTIVE, INHUMANE laws. It's bad enough that insurance companies ban these breeds; having the U.S. military ban dog breeds is just a disgrace.

In the years I have done animal rescue, I have handled various mastiffs, bulldogs, and pits; the only dogs that have tried to bite me included a chihuahua, two dachshunds, and a toy POODLE. I've fostered various pits as well and even the ones who were visibly abused, neglected, and overbred were the gentlest, most loving dogs I have had the pleasure of meeting. Therefore, the argument that "it's all in how they're raised" is completely invalid. They were treated horribly and they were still wonderful dogs.

Most people who are opposed to pit bulls have probably never even met one...I was scared of pits too before I fostered my first. She converted me and all the ones after that have only reinforced my love for bully breeds.

Please quit passing these silly laws; all they do is harm helpless animals and rip them from their loving owners' arms. Spend the money on chasing down dog fighters and back yard breeders instead if you would really like to reduce the number of aggressive and poorly-bred dogs. BSL only encourages these dogs to fall into the wrong hands and punishes responsible owners.
It's the owner's fault if they turn out bad, not the dog's.
This needs to end any breed can be mean and aggressive it's the people that make them that way
Stop the BSL! horrible to break up families bc some people don't know how to treat these innocent dogs!!!
The focus needs to be on these fly by night just to make a buck backyard breeders. And definitely the people breeding to better their fighting stock. Shut these lower than whale******people down and BSL hopefully becomes a thing of the past.
How about we ban all legislation?! You are going after people who are responsible pitbull owners. YOU ARE NOT GOING AFTER THE ONES WHO ARE IRRESPONSABLE!