Pit Bull BSL?, Why Care?

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(BSL) Breed Specific Legislation is something you may or may not have heard of, but has certainly been a major part of the fight to defend Pit Bulls.  Breed-Specific Legislation by definition, “is defined as a law or statute that equates the qualities of a dangerous dog with a certain breed, and bans or restricts certain breeds based on identity, not behavior of a specific animal” (Source).  You may be thinking, how can they do this based on the appearance of the breed?  Well, the look is the reason people mass produce Pit Bulls, and fight Pit Bulls.  Since the government cannot ban them based on their actions, they have to ban them because that’s their only solution to solve the actions of those who breed and fight them.  Lets ban the breeders, that would seem to be the real solution.

Pit Bull BSL

BSL basically states that legislation has the ability to tell people whether or not they can own a breed of any dog.  Where as this site is mainly regarding Pit Bulls, Breed-Specific Legislation (BSL) attacks many breeds of dogs.  Pit Bulls however seem to be taking all the heat.  In the news you always hear about the Pit Bulls.  How often to you even hear about any other breeds.  What is the difference?  The difference is the population, and that is not the fault of the Pit Bull.  An estimated average of 5,500,000 Pit Bulls are in the United States, yet we never blame the breeders.  Statistics are very surprising in favor of the Pit Bull.  Breed-Specific Legislation is no different then when the United States segregated whites and blacks.  The definition of segregation is, “to separate or set apart from others or from the main body or group; isolate”.  This wouldn’t seem necessary if there were enough good homes to go around for Pit Bulls, yet BSL takes a route that will ultimately prove ineffective.

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  1. To me this is tantamount to saying, “well you’re black so we may as well put you in jail now because statistics say you’re more likely to commit a violent crime,” or, “you’re latino so we should put you in prison because you’re probably part of a drug cartel.” This is wrong no matter how you look at it. We can’t get away with saying such discriminatory statements about people, so why do they get away with saying it about a specific breed of dog? (and no, before anyone gets mad about the above statementsI am not racist in any way, shape, or form. They were used as an ignorant example only.)

    • Fox77- I agree 100% man…lol Im cuban and I didnt take that as you being racist :) I just know where you are coming from- Im a dog trainer and spend time at the shelters..Mostly Pitties, its sad to see all the other ones be adopted out while all of the pits arent. Even though, most of the pitties that arent adopted out are WAY better then the other…Better meaning behavior wise ;)

    • I think you hit the nail directly on the head. Blacks kill more people than all other races combined. So if we dont do BSL to people we have no right to do it to animals. VERY VERY VERY VERY VERY VERY GOOD point.

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