Change BSL Laws!

Change BSL Laws!

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Started by Emma Dobrec

My name is Emma and for my American Politics class, we were asked to find an issue that was something that interested us and try to find a way to change it. A topic that is important to me is changing the laws around Breed Specific Legislature. As a person who has fostered and owned pitbulls since I was young, I have a soft spot for these beautiful and sweet animals. Unfortunately, having them has created problems with where we can live and where our fosters could be placed into their forever, loving homes. My sweet boy passed last year, so I also wanted to choose this topic in memory of him so other dogs could have wonderful lives like he had. According to the American Kennel Club, there are three big ways that a BSL is harmful, not just to the dogs, but to the community as well. These reasons include animal control having vague descriptions and wasting time enforcing these laws, it’s expensive to enforce when they could be targeting the real issue with animal attacks like irresponsible owners, and it provides a false sense of security while animal control could be enforcing better alternatives. These laws direct resources into the wrong direction. Instead of wasting it on animal control going out for calls, we could be using it for training. These laws also put shelter's in a position that makes them lose money. Because many places don't allow the dogs under the restriction, shelter's have to euthanize them. The fear around these beautiful breeds is understandable as many of their previous uses (example: dog fighting) bring a negative image. However, it's not the breeds fault for this. The real problem is that these owners don’t take the time to properly train a dog and it causes bad behavior. If a city’s government took the money used to enforce BSL, and put it towards things like training and leash laws, there wouldn’t be as big a problem as it’s claimed to be. Putting resources towards training wouldn't just help the breeds impacted by BSL but could benefit everyone in general. BSL creates a false sense of security because many think that the "aggressive dogs" won't be around. All dogs can be aggressive so it's possible to encounter aggressive dogs no matter what community you live in. My goal with this project is to push for these laws to be resolved at a municipal level and for communities to educate themselves and their citizens rather than waste their time and money. It can also help save the lives of hundreds, if not thousands of animals! Please consider taking a moment to sign this petition. Thank you!

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