This was a new term for us to learn after we had our pit bull for a couple years. Sure, we’d run into the idiots at the dog parks when they got scared of our boy, who happened to be six months old at the time. A real killer, you know? In fact, I encountered BSL on a Facebook post and had to ask people what it meant. Once I learned that BSL stood for Breed-Specific Legislation I was quite surprised that the government was outlawing pit bulls when they should have been addressing the real problem: idiot owners and those who press pit bulls into service as fight animals.
Here’s a bit more on the subject of BSL:
Regulated breeds typically comprise the “pit bull” class of dogs, including American Pit Bull Terriers, American Staffordshire Terriers, Staffordshire Bull Terriers and English Bull Terriers. In some areas, regulated breeds also include a variety of other dogs like American Bulldogs, Rottweilers, Mastiffs, Dalmatians, Chow Chows, German Shepherds, Doberman Pinschers or any mix of these breeds—and dogs who simply resemble these breeds.
Many states, including New York, Texas and Illinois, favor laws that identify, track and regulate dangerous dogs individually—regardless of breed—and prohibit BSL. However, more than 700 U.S. cities have enacted breed-specific laws.
BSL, Breed Specific Legislation, is the results of un-educated people demanding our government prevent responsible dog-owners from owning animals based upon a certain breed. One of the largest groups of dogs targeted by BSL is that of the group of dogs known as ‘pit bulls’ which everyone knows is not a breed at all. For up-to-date-information about BSL in the United States, this resource is updated monthly:
Breed Specific Legislation