BSL is costly, ineffective, and unAmerican. Breed Specific
Legislation refers to laws that judge dogs based on physical
appearance or breed, not individual actions or temperament.
BSL is costly. Cincinnati, OH taxpayers spent $160,000 a year trying
to enforce a ban on Pit Bulls. The city of Baltimore, MD spent
$750,000 a year to enforce breed bans and restrictions. Baltimore
got smart and repealed their BSL in favor of non-breed specific laws.
BSL is ineffective. It gives citizens a false sense of security by
claiming to target irresponsible owners and criminals. In reality, the
dogs most often affected by BSL are the licensed companion
animals of responsible owners. These dogs are easy to find
because they are licensed. Criminals don’t license their dogs, so
BSL is useless
in addressing the real problem. Like a stray bullet, BSL hits all the
wrong targets. Criminals will continue to break the law if Pit Bulls are
outlawed. They will simply move on to the next breed. Adding insult
to injury, BSL also depends on non-breed experts to identify breeds.
More than 25 breeds are often mistaken for Pit Bulls.
BSL is unAmerican. It violates our civil liberties. The 14th
amendment of the constitution of the United States guarantees us
due process and equal protection under the law. Those in favor of
BSL seek to tread on YOUR RIGHT to own the breed of YOUR
BSL is the canine equivalent of racial profiling and is every bit as
The breeds most often targeted by BSL are:
American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier,
Rottweiler, Great Dane, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Shar Pei,
Doberman, German Shepherd, Akita, Husky, Mastiff, Chow Chow
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