(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.
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.