In the US, there are Laws restricting the types of dogs we are allowed to have. This screenshot shows exactly what we are up against.
What is BSL?
BSL or Breed Specific Legislation, is a law that bans OR restricts certain types of dogs based on their appearance.
These dogs are perceived as dangerous strictly based on how they look.
Many people, myself included, are working to stop BSL in our communities because we see it as a public and ethical failure.
In many areas where BSL is enacted, its been proven that the number of dog bites recorded have not decreased.
The first is an all out ban on dogs that look a certain way. These targeted dogs have a certain amount of time to get out of the city/town once the ban is enacted. For Pit Bulls stuck in shelters, (or dogs that look like Pit Bulls) this is an immediate death sentence if they are not sent to out of town rescues. No question, they will be killed by Animal Control. Human nature at its best, right? 😡
The second head on the BSL monster hammers “targeted dog” parents with restrictions; for example, your family dog must be muzzled at all times while outside.
With SO many dogs in shelters, BSL makes caring for a Pit Bull difficult for everyone, not just owners.
What is BSL? It is a death sentence for Pit Bulls and Pit Bull type dogs.
Other BSL restrictions include:
- Muzzling your dog at all times while in public areas
- Keeping dog contained in a yard with a certain fence height or in enclosures with cement floors, locks, etc
- Dog leash must be a specific length and type
- Signs must be posted on property indicating a “vicious” dog lives here
- Dog Tags indicating “vicious” or something along those lines
- Owners must purchase liability insurance for a certain amount
- Mandatory spay/neuter
- Any other ideas that community leaders can think of
The one thing on this list I am in favor of is spaying/neutering. There are way too many strays in shelters now, and most are “Pit Bull” types created by backyard breeders. It is also MUCH more healthy and safe, if your dog is fixed. No unwanted pregnancies and your male dog won’t jump the fence to travel 30 miles after a female dog in heat. 🐾
Most, if not all, of the large animal welfare organizations are anti Breed Specific Legisation. Check them out below-
And these are just a few….
So, you have a Pit Bull mix who wouldn’t hurt a fly, and HASN’T, will now be stuck behind a wire cage on his face. And for what?
OR worse, if there is not a grandfather clause to allow owners to keep their dogs as long as they comply with new restrictions, then what?
If you are a dog parent and live in one of the areas that has BSL in any form, please consider speaking out against it. You may not have a targeted dog now but ANYTHING is possible.
Breaking Down Stereotypes, One Adopted Pit Bull at a Time