What is BSL?

Breed Specific Legislation (BSL) describes laws that restrict or ban pure and mixed dog breeds that are perceived as dangerous. These laws are based on appearance only, and have nothing to do with the behavior, training or temperament of the individual dog.

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Where is BSL Enforced?

An interactive map of BSL by State & County

BSLTraveling? Moving? Looking for updated information on documented cases of Breed Specific Legislation in any specific area across the United States and Canada? Click below for an interactive map provided by the great team over at BSL Census.

A Better Approach

We don’t believe in ANY discrimination based solely on breed or appearance. We believe it’s better to lobby for increased regulation of untrained dogs and irresponsible owners, and to encourage education about basic dog training and ownership responsibilities.

Facts

  • Each year, 1.2 million dogs are euthanized, approximately 40% of whom are Pit Bulls. This means that nearly half a million Pit Bull-type dogs are killed in shelters annually. *
  • Of all the common dog types to appear in shelters, Pit Bulls are by far the most likely to be euthanized, while they’re only the third most likely to be adopted. *

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Some Common Myths About Pit Bulls

  • “Pit Bulls have locking jaws and superior biting power” Pit Bulls have the same jaw structure as any other dog. There are no unique mechanisms in the jaw of a Pit Bull, and they cannot lock their jaws.
  • “Pit Bulls are aggressive toward people and more dangerous than other dogs.” “There is no room for human aggression in a behaviorally sound Pit Bull, and the reality is that most Pit Bulls are not aggressive toward people; many are extremely sociable and adore children. A Pit Bull who passes a behavioral evaluation poses no more of a threat to people than any other large dog. The American Temperament Test (see The American Temperament Society at www.atts.org) shows that Pit Bulls consistently score above the average for all breeds tested over the years. As of December 2007, American Pit Bull Terriers had a pass rate of 84.3 percent compared to a pass rate for all breeds tested of 81.6 percent.” **

Spread The Word

We leverage the power of social media to spread the word and educate the public about Breed Specific Legislation (BSL), its effects, and suggested alternatives.

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Breed Specific Restrictions

Rules that require a dog to wear muzzle, identifying marker or be restricted to a specific length leash should be based on behavior and temperament, not appearance.

Organizations against BSL

  • The Humane Society of the United States
  • American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)
  • The American Kennel Club (AKC)
  • The United Kennel Club (UKC)
  • American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA)
  • Dog Legislation Council of Canada (DLCC)
  • American Temperament Testing Society (ATTS)
  • National Animal Control Association (NACA)
  • Maryland Veterinary Medicine Association ο Humane Society of the United States (HSUS)
  • American Canine Foundation (ACF)
  • And many more……

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