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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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Jul 13th, 2017
Lara M. from Port Saint Lucie, FL writes:
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Please end this practice! This is nothing more than discrimination. If we can't do it with children than it shouldn't be allowed with pets. Penalize irresponsible owners NOT responsible ones! Many of the fears of certain breeds are actually based on erroneous information about the breed.
Jul 12th, 2017
Carriann I. from Absecon, NJ signed.
Jul 12th, 2017
Carriann I. from Absecon, NJ signed.
Jul 12th, 2017
Carriann I. from Absecon, NJ signed.
Jul 12th, 2017
Misty H. from Westville, IL writes:
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What has the pit bull breed done to humans that any other breed has not done. Yet they are not banned! I am proud of my pitties and trust my my life and my families life with them. They bring us joy, comfort and love! They are our family. How can anyone want to deny someone the love this breed can give. If you are not willing to learn about the breed you have no right to pass laws about this breed!
Jun 29th, 2017
Andrew G. from Syracuse, NY writes:
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There is no modern scientific evidence that backs a single reasonable argument for any of these breed restrictions. It is all based on hearsay and rumor. Bad behaviours of any pet, is based solely on the individual animal and their owner for failing to discipline them. These outrageous laws make it incredibly difficult for young professionals to find affordable housing, including myself. I am a college graduate, currently serving in the NY Army National Guard, while maintaining a full time job as an IT professional working under a DoD/DHS contractor. Even with my clean record I am left with the options of living in crime ridden neighborhoods because of the well disciplined and well behaved pitbull I own. Intelligent, responsible, law abiding, and hard working citizens should not be targeted and ridiculed for their preference of dog breed. So I ask firmly, from a kind heart, that you strike down this bill and any others like it. Thank you for your time and attention to this matter.
Jun 28th, 2017
Candice K. from Orland Park, IL signed.
Jun 25th, 2017
Michelle R. from New Orleans, LA writes:
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Completely ridiculous! The animal should not be punished or banned! The people who perpetuate the stereotype of these "so called" vicious animals should be the ones punished and/or banned! How about creating laws for idiots?! When you get a dog and you do not take care of it, you go to jail! When you breed animals just to make a living , you go to jail! When you get a dog and it's bites someone because you are irresponsible, you go to jail! I'm appalled at the people who think to create and implement such laws. As human beings we all know who is really at fault here and that is us!!!! These animals are really victims who are at the mercy of human beings. All they do is love us whether we abuse them or not. We all need to look in the mirror and be accountable instead of blaming theses poor innocent animals!!!
Jun 25th, 2017
Michelle R. from New Orleans, LA writes:
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Completely ridiculous! The animal should not be punished or banned! The people who perpetuate the stereotype of these "so called" vicious animals should be the ones punished and/or banned! How about creating laws for idiots?! When you get a dog and you do not take care of it, you go to jail! When you breed animals just to make a living , you go to jail! When you get a dog and it's bites someone because you are irresponsible, you go to jail! I'm appalled at the people who think to create and implement such laws. As human beings we all know who is really at fault here and that is us!!!! These animals are really victims who are at the mercy of human beings. All they do is love us whether we abuse them or not. We all need to look in the mirror and be accountable instead of blaming theses poor innocent animals!!!
Jun 25th, 2017
Timothy O. from Palm Beach Gardens, FL writes:
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The pitbull breed is a trusted loving breed with many great traits. It is no more aggressive then any other breed,only aggressive like any other breed if abused.
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