Petition2Congress logo

Share:

STOP/END BSL (Breed Specific Legislation)

Messages Sent So Far
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

Post Public Comments

9,511 Public Comments So Far

View More Comments:
1 day ago
Giselle M. from New London, CT writes:
Quotation mark icon
I find it horrible how they treat these poor dogs. I never had a pit bull but 13 of my friends do and they are NOTHING BUT LOVE BUGS. If anything arrest the people who do dog fights which those poor dogs are raised from hell and treated horribly they are horribleasy thenself. It not their fault! End this BS and worry about ending dog fights instead!!!
1 day ago
Mandy L. from Lebec, CA writes:
Quotation mark icon
I am a proud mother of a red nose pit bull whom I rescued. He is the love of my life and I couldn't imagine my life without him. Great around children and other dogs. I believe it is the way these animals are raised but not breed specific. Just as human beings I think we do more harm than any dog could ever do in a lifetime.
1 day ago
Anthony N. from Jasper, GA writes:
Quotation mark icon
What is the point? To have yet another means of charging people for happiness, for safety and love? Or is this just another way of trying to control people and sway things in favor of all you ignorant policy and law makers? The sad fact is that if there were a similar policy for humans, you would be thrown in jail or at least heavily condemned for racisim and discrimination. This BSL policy has absolutely no backing in science, you merely chose to discriminate against the breeds of dog that just "look" mean or have a muscular physique. This is a completely unnecessary policy that is just causing more problems among the citizens and the government, as well as throwing unnecessary resources at something that is literally doing NOTHING that you law makers thought this ban would do. So take it away, just think of how it would feel if all of sudden some jerk comes up and says, " Sorry, your child is too big, they seem like they would be unhealthy. Don't worry parents, I'll take them away from you and ban all big children for being unhealthy, that should "fix" the problem". You do not want your family torn apart over something so petty and unnecessary, so why would you want to do the same to millions of families everywhere? We are humans, we are supposed to be helping to perserve and maintain this beautiful gift of life, ranging from an elephant to a shrub. We are healers, we are good at healing and nurturing, when we come together anything can happen. That is the beauty of humanity. With policies like this we are being took away from our true purpose, unfortunately we have been moving more toward materialism than staying connected with the world around us. This BSL policy is yet another way to keep us seperated. If we truly want unity, then we need to start making changes to things that need to be changed, not to things that are merely put in place to hurt and **** people off.
1 day ago
Anthony N. from Jasper, GA writes:
Quotation mark icon
What is the point? To have yet another means of charging people for happiness, for safety and love? Or is this just another way of trying to control people and sway things in favor of all you ignorant policy and law makers? The sad fact is that if there were a similar policy for humans, you would be thrown in jail or at least heavily condemned for racisim and discrimination. This BSL policy has absolutely no backing in science, you merely chose to discriminate against the breeds of dog that just "look" mean or have a muscular physique. This is a completely unnecessary policy that is just causing more problems among the citizens and the government, as well as throwing unnecessary resources at something that is literally doing NOTHING that you law makers thought this ban would do. So take it away, just think of how it would feel if all of sudden some jerk comes up and says, " Sorry, your child is too big, they seem like they would be unhealthy. Don't worry parents, I'll take them away from you and ban all big children for being unhealthy, that should "fix" the problem". You do not want your family torn apart over something so petty and unnecessary, so why would you want to do the same to millions of families everywhere? We are humans, we are supposed to be helping to perserve and maintain this beautiful gift of life, ranging from an elephant to a shrub. We are healers, we are good at healing and nurturing, when we come together anything can happen. That is the beauty of humanity. With policies like this we are being took away from our true purpose, unfortunately we have been moving more toward materialism than staying connected with the world around us. This BSL policy is yet another way to keep us seperated. If we truly want unity, then we need to start making changes to things that need to be changed, not to things that are merely put in place to hurt and **** people off.
2 days ago
Someone from Redondo Beach, CA writes:
Quotation mark icon
Research shows that out of over 7,000 dog bites and scratches each year, 90% of them are from NON-banned breeds. 90%!!! Pit bulls are not strangers to stereotypes against them. These stereotypes first began because pit bulls were most commonly used for ILLEGAL dog fighting. The pit bulls are abused, neglected, forced to fight against their own will, malnourished, and punished for not following orders. And our response to this? Make a ban on pit bulls who have been TRAINED to kill other dogs or else they get beaten and often times, beaten to death. Pit bulls are by far the sweetest dogs I have ever known. Every dog has an aggressive side to them, it's their natural born instincts that make them this way. You could label a chihuahua for being aggressive if you wanted, but no, it's too cute and small to be labeled as "aggressive". And making pit bulls wear muzzles in public only further justifies how ridiculous, prejudice, and ignorant people are to certain breeds. The image people see when a dog wears a muzzle is that they are aggressive and vicious, which is not the case. Some people are not even aware of there being a BSL in their city, so seeing a muzzled dog on the street just proves any stereotype in their head that a specific breed (square head and muscular bodies = pit bull) is aggressive. BLS does not only prove how stupid and ignorant we are, but it tears families apart. Taking someone's dog away is not justifiable in any case. The emotional bond one makes with a dog is irreplaceable because each dog is special and specific to its owner. Stop BLS and save pit bulls
just now
Carol D. from Sebring, OH writes:
Quotation mark icon
How can an entire breed be banned for actions of some? How can a dog be labeled aggressive when the person on the other end of that leash was their teacher on how to behave/react? How can we sit back and watch you decide for a community, a city, a state, or even a country what justifies such a label? How many in this decision making have actually interacted with the breeds you deem dangerous? How many wonderful stories did you ignore in this theory because it was so much easier to hear only negative? How do you tell a person that they have to remove their dog from their family or it will euthanized simple because of this pathetic law? In telling that family, will you be the one to look at that four year old child that felt nothing but love and had their first best friend in that dog why that dog has to leave? Just curious why the government has any right to label breeds that many of you know nothing about. You can listen to all the horror stories, and yet let the monsters on two legs that caused so much of this biased view simply walk, and make the animal pay for all of it. Please take the time to really see the beauty in these breeds you want to ban.
2 days ago
Eric D. from Rochester, MI signed.
2 days ago
Nicole G. from Pinellas Park, FL signed.
3 days ago
Someone writes:
Quotation mark icon
I hope the laws of you understand that pit bulls are very cute and loving dogs, if they teach them to be aggressive they will be but they are not a very beautiful breed. I have two and they are one love
3 days ago
Rosa C. from New Tazewell, TN writes:
Quotation mark icon
I'm not afraid of the dog that attacked me, regardless he was a pit, I am more afraid of his human who trained him to attack. I've been bitten 3 times in my life all by 3 different breeds, yet I still am not afraid of the dog but of the humans. 1 Pitt, 1 chow, and 1 doberman. I myself took it upon myself to raise 1 of each breed to prove a point to people who says it's the breed not the human, and never did my 3 babies attack me or anyone. It's the human that is sick, depraved and violent, the human chooses his weapon and dogs are often the weapon. We do not blame the gun for killing nor the knife all bc they are not living, but the living being behind it. That goes for the dogs. Treat them fairly, and train them correctly, make them family and they will be so. Don't ban them bc they look like a Pitt bull or are one, that's wrong. Punish the human who made a decision for that animal, they only are there to please the owner!