The government created a law against the breed of pit bulls; this is discrimination to a dog that has not earned any of this mistreatment. The following 41 states are all under the BSL: Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Ohio, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming, and District of Columbia. It’s sad to think that 41 out of 50 states are using this Bad, Stupid Law (BSL) killing our Pit Bulls.
One part of the BSL I want to bring forward is: part of Section 24- Section 26.
These sections state the “Current State of the Law” stating ‘Breed Specific Legislation (BSL) 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.25 This type of legislation does not make concessions for those members of the breed who are valuable assets to their communities, such as therapy dogs, assistance dogs, or advanced trained dogs such as drug dogs and search-and-rescue dogs. BSL identifies a dog as “dangerous” based upon its breed alone and not based on any action or offense that the individual dog has ever committed.26
This part especially makes me sick. They will take the action of one dog and make that the crime of 100 dogs. And DO NOT forget that this is directed towards the breed of Pit Bulls, but also some other breeds. Such a law is unjust, how is it fare to take a life simply because one of its kind has made a crime. These animals haven’t done anything wrong, but humans automatically hang the word “dangerous” about their heads. Just because one dog is bad, doesn’t mean the entire breed is bad. It is just wrong. It would be like punishing an entire family because they are blood related to someone who’s gone to jail for a bar fight.
It is the actions of people that are at fault, we are the ones who deceive pit bulls in such a way, this NEEDS to be stopped! Humans taught the bad Pit Bulls to attack, humans tormented the dogs, and humans are the cause. Pit bulls are trained in dog fighting; they are beaten and abused… It’s the owner who is at fault, not the dog! Humans are the ones that make the dog aggressive, that’s how it’s in their blood; because for years humans had the idea of a disturbing entertainment. After being trained to fight in a cage, they end up being very protective of their home and themselves, which leads to the attacks. This leads to our dogs being hated, and filling nearly 74% of the dog adoption homes and dog pounds. It needs to stop now. We are what started it, and we are the ones that can stop it. Please help save the innocent Pit Bulls from being forgotten in adoption homes for the rest of their lonely lives. Stop the BSL from killing these innocent dogs.
BSL isn't just discrimination against dogs; it's a discrimination against people as well. Responsible homeowners and dogs will suffer as their homeowner's insurance will rise. Displaced homeowners will find it even more difficult to find housing. Innocent dogs will be euthanized in shelters based solely on their breed. And it won't fix the problem.
The problem is responsible dog ownership regardless of breed.
The courts say pit bulls are "vicious." Not only is their evidence to the contrary (outlined in the petition letter), but it is innocent people and pets that will suffer. Help stop BSL