BSL continues to crumble: Congratulations to Gardendale, AL - the latest city to eliminate their ineffective and obsolete ban (aka breed-specific legislation or BSL) against "pitbull-type" dogs. On Monday, the City Council voted to repeal the city's breed-specific policies in favor of more effective breed-neutral policies that hold all dog owners accountable for their dog's actions and behavior - regardless of their dog's appearance or breed. Great job Gardendale!
In fact since only 2018, at least 16 cities have eliminated BSL that targeted "pitbull-type" dogs and their owners because of the many advantages of behavior-based polices over appearance-based policies such as BSL. Almost always, ineffective policies such as BSL are replaced with stronger and more equitable breed-neutral regulations which are more effective because they address all potentially dangerous dogs, all irresponsible owners, and all unsafe dog-related situations - regardless of a dog's appearance or breed.
The following cities and towns have successfully repealed BSL since 2018:
The trend is clear: All around the country and across many different political spectrums, BSL and dog bans have become exceedingly unpopular as the majority of people favor behavior-based breed-neutral policies over ineffective and discriminatory breed-specific policies for public safety. Furthermore, the scientific evidence is also clear as multiple peer-reviewed studies have concluded that BSL is entirely ineffective and that any risk associated with "pitbull-type" dogs is fully in-line with other dogs of similar sizes and strengths. Unsurprisingly, BSL is rightfully being challenged where it's enacted and is frequently being repealed. Congratulations to the 16+ cities and towns that have eliminated BSL since only 2018!
Enacting any ban based on stereotypes and junk science, instead of on peer-reviewed facts and expert information, is quite frankly an abuse of public policy and resources ... imagine if other bans were enacted using similar unsound standards. Dog bite incidents are a serious issue and comprehensive breed-neutral regulations are the most effective solution because they address all potentially dangerous dogs, all irresponsible dog owners, and all unsafe dog-related situations ... regardless of a dog's appearance or breed.
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