What is BSL?

Description:
Breed-specific legislation (BSL) bans OR restricts certain types of dogs based on their appearance because they are perceived as “dangerous” breeds or types of dogs.

BSL is an ethical failure, and it is
a
public safety failure.

This is why the state of Ohio
repealed its BSL law!

Breed-specific legislation applies only to dogs of a certain appearance. It does not take into account how the owner has raised, trained, or managed the dog. It does not take into account the dog’s actual behavior.

Why Is BSL Wrong?

BSL does not improve public safety or prevent dog bites, it only gives the superficial illusion of helping.

BSL ignores the plight of victims and potential victims of non-targeted breeds.

BSL is very costly to enforce yet provides little benefit.

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, and this includes the American Veterinary Medical Association.


(Writing on this page courtesy of Stop BSL)