BSL Continues To Crumble
Since only 2018, at least 19 cities have successfully eliminated their ineffective and obsolete bans on "pitbull-type" dogs in favor of more effective breed-neutral policies that are based on modern best-practices for preventing and reducing serious dog bite-related incidents. The bans, also known as breed-specific legislation (BSL), target dogs (and their owners) based only on a dog's appearance or breed, regardless of a dog's behavior and regardless of responsible ownership - an archaic policy that multiple peer-reviewed studies have determined to be ineffective for public safety. Almost always, ineffective appearance-based policies such as BSL are replaced with stronger and more equitable behavior-based, 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. Congratulations to the cities and towns listed below for repealing BSL, improving public safety with modern best-practices, and taking a decisive stand against ineffective policies and long-debunked myths and stereotypes about pitbull-type dogs.