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STOP/END BSL (Breed Specific Legislation)

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Breed Specific Legislation(BSL): <br />
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What is BSL?<br />
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Breed specific legislation(BSL) is designed to place restrictions on ownership of certain breeds of dogs. <br />
A breed ban usually requires that all dogs of a certain appearance (targeted breed) be removed from the county, city, state, or Province. <br />
Breed-specific restrictions may require an owner of the said targeted breed do any of the following or all.<br />
1.Purchase liability insurance ranging from $100,000-$500,000<br />
2.Muzzle the dog of said breed while in public<br />
2.Mandatory Spay or neuter the breed in question<br />
3.The breed in question may not leave the owners premises<br />
4.The dog must be contained in a kennel with specific requirements (6' high chain link walls, a lid, and concrete floors)<br />
5.Place signs on the outside of the residence where the dog lives with vicious dog on them<br />
6.Make the dog wear a vicious dog tag or other identifying marker<br />
7.Some county municipals require you to buy a special license for each dog ranging from $100-$200 per year<br />
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Why BSL doesn't work?<br />
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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. <br />
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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. <br />
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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. <br />
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Who does BSL effect?<br />
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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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Oct 17th, 2017
Sarah G. from Winchester, VA writes:
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It is NOT the breed of an animal that makes it aggressive- its the way it is raised and the situations it is put in that causes those "aggressive" behaviors. Stop assuming that a large breed dog is aggressive just because of the breed/size. There is statistically more aggressive smaller breed dogs (such as Chihuahuas and Jack Russells) than large breed dogs (such as Pitbulls, Rottweilers, and German Shepherds). BSL causes so many stereotypes, heartache, and exclusion to animals and families that is similar to history aspects such as The Holocaust, segregation, and exclusion of the disabled. #BanBSL
Oct 12th, 2017
Someone from Pensacola, FL signed.
Oct 7th, 2017
Someone from Syracuse, NY writes:
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This is a rediculous law- if this criteria was directed at people there would be an outcry of discrimination . It is discriminatory because no dog of any breed is ll bad - the breeders are who should be targeted not the dog. Breeders choose to not know what genetics are in those dogs they breed- it's all about profit not concern for the dogs.
Oct 4th, 2017
Ellen S. from Arden, NC writes:
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Ughh bsl is so stupid. I love pits and it doesn't even help the cause. It's because PEOPLE breed these dogs to be viscous for things like illegal dog fighting or to have a guard dog or to look tough. ALL of the breeds listed in the ban are very sweet breeds and if congress doesn't want to look like total idiots they should leave the pits alone.
Sep 27th, 2017
Alex D. from Asheville, NC writes:
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there are no bad dogs, just bad owners.
Sep 24th, 2017
Someone from Reno, NV signed.
Sep 11th, 2017
Julia B. from Zuni, VA signed.
Sep 7th, 2017
Borislava M. from Federal Way, WA writes:
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Please do your research and understand that it is the people not the dogs
Sep 7th, 2017
Borislava M. from Federal Way, WA writes:
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Please do your research and understand that it is the people not the dogs
Sep 2nd, 2017
Lajeanne L. from Orange Park, FL signed.
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