Is Breed Specific Legislation (BSL) Coming to Your Neighborhood?

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Imagine a world in which you aren't allowed to enter a city or town because of the color of your skin? Imagine a world in which you are taken to jail, put to death even, because of your heritage or because a cousin of yours was involved in a murder? Welcome to a dogs world!

What is BSL?

Well first let's address what BSL is. BSL stands for Breed Specific Legislation. It is the canine equivalent of legalized racism. Some have called it a sort of profiling but I would say it's worse. In many cases, BSL forces families to give up their dogs, specifically Pit Bulls and Pit "type" dogs, or give up their homes. While, in some areas, dogs may be grandfathered in, most are not. If you receive a job offer in an area where your dog may be banned, that can have traumatic effects on your family and put you in an unenviable position. 

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Profiling for dogs isn't a bad idea.

Profiling is simply being watched, questioned or suspected because of how you look. Now in the world of humans, this is bad but not necessarily in the world of dogs. I'd even welcome canine profiling over BSL. I really take no issue with a concerned citizen wanting to find out if a dog is dangerous. Unfortunately, due to ignorant owners, some dogs are dangerous and people that may be at risk have a right to find out. 

If a dog is reported with the potential of being dangerous, officials could come and verify. If the dog was like literally millions of great Pit Bulls, or other persecuted breeds, they would go their merry way once they determined the truth.

Well adjusted, trained, socialized and loved dogs posed no threat. It would also be a method for officials to determine the type of owner the dog had, since the root of any dog bite issue is the owner/handler. It always has been and it always will be.

BSL is much worse than profiling!

Pit Bull image looking out the window

While profiling may seem inconvenient, BSL takes it to a whole new level. It is the legal banning or labeling of certain dogs. There are no exceptions. There are no ways to show your dog is really a great, loving, kind and friendly, which is the case for the vast majority. It is simply the millions of great family dogs paying the price for isolated incidents that are the result of bad owners, not bad dogs.

What areas are affected by BSL?

In our age of political correctness, acceptance for any and every personal choice, our intolerance of intolerance and disdain for racial profiling it's surprising that a much larger effort to combat the glut of BSL laws isn't more active. Of course, there are some great advocates to #EndBSL out there, including us. However, despite the efforts of many, BSL is literally all over the map.

Check out this map created by Justice for Bullies. Clicking on this link will take you to the interactive version where you can zoom, pan and click on the pins to show details pertaining to that area/city. It's pretty clear that there are a lot of red pins.

Screenshot of the Justice for Bullies BSL interactive map on Zeemaps

As you can see, there are plenty of pins spread out across the US and even more in our neighbors to the north. This is a zoomed out view. As you zoom into areas, the pins will multiply from the major pins and you are able to see what specific towns/cities in your area may have some form of BSL in place. 

What can I do if BSL is present in my area?

Well, in most cases, write your local state congressional representative. There are many websites dedicated to helping you find out who your local representatives are. One I think is pretty useful is the find your elected officials. Even if BSL is not currently in effect, you should keep yourself informed in the event of changes. 

Case in point.

Springfield News-Leader Image Pit Bull Petition signing

[photo credit to the Springfield New-Leader]

Residents of Sprinfield, MO had a surprise thrusted on them from them from their trusty city counsel members last year. The City counsel narrowly voted in a Pit Bull ban intended to take effect on Jan 1, 2018. However, a group of citizens organized a petition which forced the counsel members to address the issue again. In Dec, the counsel delayed the Jan 1st phase in of the ban and deferred it to popular vote, to take place in Aug 2018. 

It will take some effort and outreach but I'm sure the citizens of Springfield are up to the task.

Keeping the pressure on and keeping thing fresh in the minds of people is a big reason I started 

There are many roles to play in this fight. You can adopt, you can speak out, attend rallies, donate or just talk to people in your circles. We want to help you express your support and maybe influence others to join that fight against BSL.

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Anyway, I hope you appreciate the content here. We are very serious about putting and end to BSL but we need your help.

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Thank you so much and talk to you soon!

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