BSL is the acronym of a law called breed specific legislation. It’s a law that bans or restricts a certain breed of dogs in a particular municipality, city or even country. This law is created for the purpose of eliminating possible accidents and injuries caused by dangerous dogs. Most of the time, BSL is often misconceived as a law banning specific dog breeds, but the truth is that it’s also a law about restriction. Today, you’re going to learn why BSL needs to stop. If you’re too lazy to read, BSL is a waste of time, resources and effort. Why and how? Let’s go further.
When a city or municipality passed the BSL or breed specific legislation, the breeds defined in the law as a dangerous dog must be removed. After the date of implementation, usually immediately or after a certain grace period, all banned or restricted breeds are usually killed by an animal control service. However, there are certain scenarios where these soon to be killed dogs can be saved. This usually requires a relocation, where the dog is transferred outside the city or municipality.
If we take some time to take a look at this law, it’s inhumane and we’ll make it look even worse by discussing many wrong things about it. Imagine killing a dog because of a certain law? Let’s go further.
How BSL Works
There are certain procedures required for a banned dog breed owner. One of the most usual case is a mandatory registration of the dog to the city/municipality. Here are some others:
- Muzzle the dog in public
- Spay or neuter the dog
- Contain the dog in a kennel with specific requirements (6’ chain link walls, lid, concrete floors, etc.)
- Keep the dog on a leash of specific length or material
- Purchase liability insurance of a certain amount
- Place “vicious dog” signs on the outside of the residence where the dog lives
- Make the dog wear a “vicious dog” tag or other identifying marker
However, one of the worst things about BSL is that it isn’t really a breed specific law; instead, it’s all about appearance. If your dog looks like a pit-bull and pit-bull is banned, then you have to comply with the law. Also, pit-bull isn’t really a breed, it’s a class of dog and most of the time; BSL doesn’t target breed but the class. That’s one of the reason why BSL is also known as BDL or “breed discriminatory law”.
BSL is Useless
There are a lot of studies done that proved BSL is useless. Some of the reasons are:
- BSL does not improve public safety or prevent dog bites.
- BSL ignores the plight of victims and potential victims of non-targeted breeds.
- BSL is costly.
- BSL requires each and every dog to be identified as a breed—something that has proven impossible to do accurately and objectively.
- BSL makes targeted breeds more desirable to irresponsible and criminal owners.
- BSL does nothing to make irresponsible dog owners accountable.
- BSL punishes responsible dog owners.
- Not a single canine welfare organization supports BSL.