It's time STOP and put an end to Breed Specific Legislation (BSL) because it's cruel, unjustified, obsolete, and ineffective:
Cruel: BSL is cruel because it indiscriminately targets and punishes specific dogs based ONLY on their appearance and not on their individual merit, behavior, or history -- which is inhumane, cruel, and literally the definition of discrimination. Worse, BSL leads to poor and cruel conditions for dogs -- family pets removed from their loving homes, over-population in animal shelters, irresponsible ownership (abusive people who seek out "banned" dogs), and even euthanasia. Simply stated, BSL puts great dogs at risk and denies them of a fair chance at a happy life for no other reason than their appearance. Because of this, we believe that BSL is a form of animal cruelty and that BSL should be banned -- not dogs.
Unjustified: There are zero scientific, peer-reviewed studies that conclude that any one breed is "inherently more dangerous" than any other breed. However, multiple peer-reviewed studies have concluded that dog bite-related statistics for the individual "pitbull-type" breeds are in-line with other breeds, that breed is not a factor, and that preventable factors related to irresponsible ownership are the primary cause for the majority of dog bite-related incidents. BSL is unjustified and it is NOT based on science or reality.
Obsolete: BSL is a discriminatory trend in decline as evidenced by the vast majority (98%) of cities, towns, and local governments that use Breed Neutral Legislation (BNL) instead of BSL because BSL does nothing to address the relevant factors that are directly and scientifically linked to dog bite-related incidents such as a dog's history of negative behavior, previous bite-related incidents, and factors related to irresponsible ownership. BSL is an outdated, fear-based policy that has been obsoleted by more equitable and more effective behavior-based breed-neutral policies.
Ineffective: Multiple peer-reviewed studies have rejected BSL and have concluded that preventable factors related to irresponsible ownership are the primary cause for the majority of dog bite-related incidents and that breed is not even a factor. Learn more about BSL, and why Breed Neutral Legislation (BNL) is the more effective and widely preferred standard, on our Breed Legislation page.
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