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8/25/13 BSL, or Breed Specific Legislation

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Mom and Me and a belly rub

Thanks to cb at contrafactual, I was advised that President Obama has lent his support to the anti-BSL cause.  I would like to take this time to explain a bit of what BSL means in my own words.

BSL, or Breed Selective Legislation, targets specific breeds of dogs and identifies them as undesirable, dangerous, and unpredictable, and restricts their living in a community.  This somewhat reminds me of the “#1 Undesirable” poster in the Harry Potter movie.  BSL, however, has a far more serious effect.

Under BSL, owners of the undesirable breed, such as: American Pit Bull Terriers, American Staffordshire Terriers (yours truly), and Staffordshire Bull Terriers, are required to adhere to guidelines that are not imposed on other dog owners.  Owners typically have 30 days to comply.  Most communities will grandfather in dogs currently living there, but restrict any new ownership of said dogs.  If a dog is picked up on the street and suspected of being a targeted breed, it is normally killed, based on appearance alone!

Pitbulls are currently the breed under the microscope.  In the past, Rottweilers, German Shepherds, Doberman Pinschers, and Chow Chows have all been subject to BSL.  It boils down to BSL promoting the wide-spread euthanasia of certain breeds of dogs to eliminate them.  What a sad day it is that we punish the animals for the actions and inactions of their irresponsible owners!

Furthermore, there is no evidence to support that BSL actually works or is effective at reducing dog bites or attacks.  It is responsible pet ownership, owner education and the elimination of dog fighting that reduces attacks on humans and other animals.  (I plan a separate post on dog fighting.)  You can find a very informative post regarding Breed Specific Legislation at everycreaturecounts.org.  Furthermore, this website has a wealth of information from the best cat litter pans to dog shots.  I highly suggest you visit it if you are a pet owner.

Please do not support BSL in your area.  Thank  you, President Obama, for having a sane head in this matter.