Breed Specific Legislation or "BSL" is exactly
what it sounds like...regulation of your right to own or, in many cases, not own, a dog based solely on the breed or "type" of
dog - not your responsibility as an owner. BSL can also refer to regulations and/or requirements placed only
on a specific breed of dog and their owners.
No matter how you define it, BSL targets all
dogs of a breed -- the innocent as well as the guilty, and it removes the responsibility from the dog's owner and towards
the dog itself. Simple common sense tells you that laws are created to punish or deter the actions
of humans - not those of animals.
2006 is gearing up to be significant with respect
to BSL, and it is important to band together and fight for the rights of dog owners everywhere. We must fight this
battle together, overcome our personal beliefs and issues, if we are to be successful against narrow-minded
legislators who are only interested in making headlines. Ultimately, failure to do so will surely result in losing the
right to own our dogs.
Laws are being proposed every day that would take
away our rights to own particular dogs for no reason other than their breed - the way they look, the hype that surrounds
them. BSL is the politician's inadequate and uneducated band-aid solution to address the gushing "wound"
of irresponsible ownership and lack of personal accountability.
site was created to support the FightBSL Yahoo group:
I certainly don't claim to be an "expert" on BSL,
I am simply a concerned pit bull owner who wants to help other owners of dogs targed by breed discrimination. For
me personally, the fight against BSL is incredibly intimidating, so I hope this helps and encourages people to stand
up for their rights and their dogs.