Positives of Bsl / Positives of breed specific laws – Arguments for breed specific laws BSL

Breed-specific legislation is a law passed by a legislative body pertaining to a specific breed or breeds of domesticated animals. In practice, it generally refers to laws pertaining to a specific dog breed or breeds.

Some jurisdictions have enacted breed-specific legislation in response to a number of well-publicized incidents involving pit bull-type dogs or other dog breeds commonly used in dog fighting, and some government organizations such as the United States Army and Marine Corps have taken administrative action as well. This legislation ranges from outright bans on the possession of these dogs, to restrictions and conditions on ownership, and often establishes a legal presumption that these dogs are prima facie legally “dangerous” or “vicious.” In response, some state-level governments in the United States have prohibited or restricted the ability of municipal governments within those states to enact breed-specific legislation.

Certain dog breeds including pit bulls are a public safety issue that merits actions such as banning ownership, mandatory spay/neuter for all dogs of these breeds, mandatory microchip implants and liability insurance, or prohibiting people convicted of a felony from owning them.

There is a large group that says, “ban pit bulls and their closely related breeds.” This group of advocates is diverse and respected, and it even includes Ingrid Newkirk, the president of PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals). They see the pit bull as overly dangerous and overly abused by mankind. The danger of pit bulls and Rottweilers is well established, in that they account for 75% of all reported canine-inflicted human deaths in the past two decades. It is undisputed that pit bulls in particular are the most abused dog in the USA; created for the specific purpose of violence, the dogs are treated cruelly to make them as dangerous as possible, and are routinely abandoned when they are not vicious enough for their evil masters.

There are two articles that present very well the argument in support of breed bans. The first is by an attorney who won the famous Denver breed ban case. The City of Denver passed a breed ban against pit bulls which the State of Colorado attempted to overturn. The State lost in court because the City produced the evidence that pit bulls are more dangerous than other dogs. The story of that case, and a review of that evidence, is contained in Nelson K. One City’s Experience – Why Pit Bulls Are More Dangerous and Breed-Specific Legislation is Justified. Muni Lawyer, July/August 2005, Vol. 46, No. 4.

The second is an article that considered the problem from a humane standpoint. The following rationale for banning pit bulls appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle on June 8, 2005. It was written by Ingrid Newkirk, the president of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and the author of “Making Kind Choices” (St. Martin’s Griffin, 2005).
Controlling an animal as deadly as a weapon
— Ingrid Newkirk
Most people have no idea that at many animal shelters across the country, any pit bull that comes through the front door doesn’t go out the back door alive. From California to New York, many shelters have enacted policies requiring the automatic destruction of the huge and ever-growing number of “pits” they encounter. This news shocks and outrages the compassionate dog-lover.
Here’s another shocker: People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, the very organization that is trying to get you to denounce the killing of chickens for the table, foxes for fur or frogs for dissection, supports the shelters’ pit-bull policy, albeit with reluctance. We further encourage a ban on breeding pit bulls.
The pit bull’s ancestor, the Staffordshire terrier, is a human concoction, bred in my native England, I’m ashamed to say, as a weapon. These dogs were designed specifically to fight other animals and kill them, for sport. Hence the barrel chest, the thick hammer-like head, the strong jaws, the perseverance and the stamina. Pits can take down a bull weighing in at over a thousand pounds, so a human being a tenth of that weight can easily be seriously hurt or killed.
Pit bulls are perhaps the most abused dogs on the planet. These days, they are kept for protection by almost every drug dealer and pimp in every major city and beyond. You can drive into any depressed area and see them being used as cheap burglar alarms, wearing heavy logging chains around their necks (they easily break regular collars and harnesses), attached to a stake or metal drum or rundown doghouse without a floor and with holes in the roof. Bored juveniles sic them on cats, neighbors’ small dogs and even children.
In the PETA office, we have a file drawer chock-full of accounts of attacks in which these ill-treated dogs with names like “Murder” and “Homicide” have torn the faces and fingers off infants and even police officers trying to serve warrants. Before I co-founded PETA, I served as the chief of animal-disease control and director of the animal shelter in the District of Columbia for many years. Over and over again, I waded into ugly situations and pulled pit bulls from people who beat and starved them, or chained them to metal drums as “guard” dogs, or trained them to attack people and other animals. It is this abuse, and the tragedy that comes from it, that motivates me.
Those who argue against a breeding ban and the shelter euthanasia policy for pit bulls are naive, as shown by the horrifying death of Nicholas Faibish, the San Francisco 12-year-old who was mauled by his family’s pit bulls.
Tales like this abound. I have scars on my leg and arm from my own encounter with a pit. Many are loving and will kiss on sight, but many are unpredictable. An unpredictable Chihuahua is one thing, an unpredictable pit another.
People who genuinely care about dogs won’t be affected by a ban on pit- bull breeding. They can go to the shelter and save one of the countless other breeds and lovable mutts sitting on death row. We can only stop killing pits if we stop creating new ones. Legislators, please take note.

– Dog control problems are people problems, and are not limited to a breed or mix. However some breeds are more prone to do certain things – pit bulls are more prone to attack and not let go while hunting dogs are more prone to hunt.

– Banning a breed or declaring it inherently vicious punishes those responsible dog owners but also stops a violent animal being in a public place example alligators cannot be kept as pets in many areas – to protect the public .

– Breeds and mixes are easy to identify with simple dna testing .

– The “pit bull” is a TYPE of dog bred for fighting

– Laws on “types” of dogs will cause owners of those “types” to move away or respect bsl laws – meaning they will have to muzzle their dog in public – giving the public greater safety and stops kids getting mauled

8 thoughts on “Positives of Bsl / Positives of breed specific laws – Arguments for breed specific laws BSL

  1. what about the fact that bsl doesnt work in fact in many places the bites stay the same or grow higher in number. Not to mention places with BSL are now lopping it off. If it works why is it being taken not given to most places ? What about the millions of dogs world wide that die just because they look like banned breeds including bulldogs, labs, Aussies, and mastiffs

    • A pit bull BSL works EVERYWHERE it is useful in almost eliminating all serious dog attacks that maim, disfigure, dismember, maul, cripple or kill, this is a simply proven fact in all cases.The number of pit bulls is dramatically reduced as are the numbers of them put to death.

      BSL is not meant to reduce dog bites, but rather serious dog attacks that maim, disfigure, dismember, maul, cripple or kill, cause life flights and trips to the ICU.

      The need to have BSL is to have a preemptive capability to avoid a pit bull attack from happening due to it’s extremely savage consequences.

      It is enacted against all pit bulls as they all have the genetic DNA propensity to carry out these horrific attacks that are non existent in 99% of all other breeds, ban the breed and you ban the deed, simple as that.

      Dealing with an attack after the fact is simply not acceptable due to the horrific nature of said attacks.

      With any other breed other then Rottweiler’s, wolf hybrids and Akita’s and a few others in very small numbers it is not a naturally genetic reality for them to carry out such horrifying attacks.

      Hence they need to be dealt with in an aggressive reactive modality where all of the breed are not looked on as one but rather based on the actions of the individual misbehaving dog.

      This can be done in a very aggressive proactive manner so that as soon as a dog like a lab lets say starts behaving inappropriately severe consequences can be brought to bare on the owner and their dog in an escalating manner as needed to deal with a situation that has developed.

      This duel track approach can deal with the pits issue as other normal dog breeds can be dealt with as well so vicious dogs of other mainstream breeds are also held accountable for their actions.

      There should be mandatory Spay/Neuter programs for all breeds but clearly the one that needs it the most and where the most
      change would be effected would be with the Pit Bull type dog.

  2. This is a very thoughtful position as regards an emotional subject; when you look at it in its entirety, the author is correct on all points. While pits are not responsible for their actions (genetics) WE, the people, are responsible for controlling those actions… if it requires mandatory spay/neuter or bans, so be it.

  3. This is the most close minded opinion out there. Yes there are fighting and aggressive pit bulls out there; however, many of them are just as friendly or dangerous as any other breed. It depends how they were raised. Treat them bad; teach them to fight, and that is what they will do. Also, there are no ancestors to a “pit bull.” There is no such breed as “pit bull;” just a collection of different breeds that share similar traits and are clumped together into one breed. Some breeds that could be categorized as a “pit:” american staffordshire terrier, staffordshire bull terrier, american pit bull terrier, perra de presa canario, dogo argentino, american bull dog. To address your comment, yes I have heard about Nicholas Faibish; however, have you heard about Kate Logel? She was killed by two siberian huskies. Is her life less important because she wasn’t killed by a “pit bull,” or should we put bans on siberian huskies too? Logan Trim was attacked by a black labrador retriever; supposedly the most family friendly dog. Do we put bans on labradors too? Maybe we should just ban all dogs. <— this kind of irrational, quick to judge thinking is what causes so many problems. People don't think through what is the problem at the beginning of the "chain," and they just look for a "quick" fix. In this case, quick is not correct.

  4. Mr. Mccartney would be just one the haters from of his favorite groups Dogslie,org and Craven Desires that would like to see EVERY DOG eventually wiped out to extinction. They just started with the pit bull, (which by the way were originally used for bull baiting not fighting. Hence the name pit bull.), and are now moving on to the rottie, and so on. They all claim that their main focus is the children when in all reality it has nothing to do with anything but their hatred for anything canine. I myself am an animal advocate and will fight for them tooth and nail. The truth is that ANY dog can be beaten or trained to be dangerous. I see that they label anyone who loves their dog “a nutter”. They call pitbulls “Frankenmaulers”. According to them anyone who owns the dogs that they target lives in the slums or low income housing and does drugs. Oh and we are all supposedly dog fighter’s to boot. Reality check to Mr. Mccartney and the rest of his hater friends. I live in a very nice upper middle class neighborhood in a nice house and we own rental property. My dogs are not fighter’s, they are family dogs, and very good one’s. I have never met a mean pitbull or rottie, Mr. Mcartney, have you ever owned one? I have asked that question to a number of his hater friends and none of them seem to answer including him. They just post fake statisics they get from their buddy Merritt Clifton. You will never win this BSL battle. I have millions of people behind what I believe, and I will shout it from the rooftops. THERE ARE NO BAD DOGS. ONLY BAD OWNERS. STOP BSL BEFORE THEY COME FOR YOUR DOG NEXT.

  5. This is pathetic. The whole of it. Not to mention the fact of some very wrong points, a huge one being that they were not bred as killers and fighting dogs. They were bred in the 19th century as herding dogs.
    I own a pitbull, my friends own pitbulls, and they are the kindest, sweetest dogs ever.
    You people have no faith in anything or any concept of moral justice. It sickens me, literally, to know people fight these dogs. But it also sickens me to see your way of thinking. Its because of people like you, people like Ingrid Newkirk, supposed lover of all animals, to push the public view that these dogs should suffer further.
    If a person uses this animal for a sick game and monetary gain, you say “ban the dogs”, and the person goes free. Proof? Michael Vick. All star football player. He destroyed the lives of numerous dogs, and where is he? Out on the playing field, being worshiped like a deity again after a few petty fines.
    You set the example that people do not have to change or atone much for their disgusting crimes, but the dogs do when they’ve done nothing wrong by their own will.
    So basically, if I walk into your house and start destroying everything I see, beating and bashing your family in the process, you’d be better off supporting legislature that bans whatever object I used and letting me walk free.
    Where the hell do you get that mentality from? No wonder there are such a high number. You have no one to blame but yourselves. Certainly not the name of a Pitbull terrier.
    All you can seem to muster up are backwards excuses for a half ass justice.

  6. FUCK BSL, and FUCK all of your for being so IGNORANT to believe any of this. Pitbull or like dogs do NOT have the more attacks, but labs, german shephards and small dogs do. And to sit here and say you HAVE to muzzle your dog in public by its breed but not ALL breeds. Is wrong. You should ALWAYS ask before you pet some ones dog, and you wont get bit. But to allow a law to destroy one breed of dog is ignorant. When you should blame the beast holding the leash. Dogs are like anything else and will learn from their owners. You mistreat the dog or show it anger thats all it will know. You show it love and thats all it knows. To blame a good dog is wrong when you should blame the owner. Like every person every dog has their days. And if one day you get bit by a dog or your dog bites someone ONCE do you really think they need be put down? Because I don’t when I approach a dog I anazlye their behavior first and their body language. If i KNOW they are disturbed and i get bit or if i EVER get bit. I would blame myself, because some where I, MYSELF, went wrong. They always tell you some how they don’t want to be approached or want you near them. And to blame the dog is wrong. EVERYONE deserves a second chance just because a dog grows up in a bad place doesn’t mean it can’t learn to love. I have seen it. So for anyone who supports BSL learn the REAL facts, just because maybe you hate that breed doesn’t mean that their family hates them. You wouldn’t want your loved dog to be taken just because of its breed.

  7. I do not like that you brought hybrid wolves into this. That is total bs! If a animal has wild animal origins it must be aggressive!? I own hybrid cats and do not like the fact you assume all are just wild and attack! That is the same bullshit PETA and other AR nutters use to ban them! Rotties are awesome, and I love them!

    I do think pit owners should be experienced because you have to be the alpha with these dogs. Nor should dogs be left alone with children, because they can cause more damage than your average dog. But you have mentioned none of the wonderful stories about pit bulls either. There are some that have been horribly abused and still were able to love their new owners. Obviously, pit owners should be held accountable if their dog mauls or kills someone. They should also make sure that they are in a secure area.

    But should not every animal be spayed and neutered if it is not being showed or being bred? It is not just pit bulls being killed. Here is an idea, people who abuse pit bulls and fight them should go to jail for a long time.

    I do not support breed discrimination laws, because I do not like it when legislation was brought forth in my state which would have banned and killed one of my cats. I do think owners should be held liable for their animals. The second any animal shows signs of being aggressive and starts biting and menacing people .

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