A comprehensive series
Breed Specific Legislation (BSL), the lazy politician's simple-minded solution to a complex human/canine problem, has never worked and never will work. Get the real skinny at... Written in Stone.
Breed Specific Legislation
BSL and the SBT
Important series of anti-BSL articles titled "The Bull-Breed Manifesto" is available for reprint and distribution to whomever it may do some good.
Yes, anytime a politician anywhere in the world decides to write anti-dog breed legislation they include the Stafford along with the other "bully-breeds" as a vicious criminal of the canine world that must be banned. These links will help you understand the fight we all wage against breed specific legislation (BSL) and how you can help. Please let us know of any links you wish added.
These letters state our position very eloquently: BSL - by Robert Simon
What follows on the rest of this web page has been "lifted", for the most part, with permission, from Jan Cooper that started her Anti-BSL web pages back in 1994. Her web site is located at this link:
Breed Specific Legislation (BSL) only serves to penalize responsible owners and innocent dogs. At the same time, it does nothing to protect the public from the truly dangerous or vicious dog of any breed. It does nothing to effect the actions of irresponsible dog owners and breeders. A number of dog breeds are currently under attack throughout the United States and other parts of the world. Those under attack include but are not limited to the following:
- American Pit Bull Terrier (APBT)
- American Staffordshire Terrier
- Bull Terrier
- Dogo Argentino
- Fila Brasilero
- Shar Peis
- Staffordshire Bull Terrier (SBT)
- Tosa Inu
Included can be any dog, purebred or mixed breed, that physically resembles one of the above breeds.
Do you think you and your pet are safe from breed-specific legislation? Over 24 different breeds have been banned or severely restricted throughout various areas of the United States. Your breed or breed mix can be next!
Going for a trip by car to another State or County? Plan on bringing your dog? Please take note of the following:
Some States, Counties and Cities will actually seize your dog or puppy if the owner or guardian drives through the State, County or City with a dog in the car that looks like any dog on the list of prohibited breeds. It can take weeks, months, or even years to get your dog back in your possession. Alive if you're lucky. If the state seizes your dog, you can be held responsible for fines and boarding fees while your dog is kenneled against your wishes!
Please take the time to read every LINK. We need you to help protect all dog breeds. This page does not pretend to cover all aspects of BSL. These other sites do a wonderful and more detailed job.
American Dog Owners Association - ADOA defense fund.
American Kennel Club - AKC legislation page. Bunches of good stuff here.
Dog Watch - Breed-Specific Legislation Updates - Julie King
Rott-N-Chatter - Breed-Specific Legislation page by Jan Cooper.
Find your United States Congressman or Senator HERE.
Find news organization links HERE.
Here are some examples of letters and a copy of an excellent NON-breed-specific Dangerous Dog law that you can email, snail-mail, fax or read to your legislators.
Please select the form letter that best suits your needs. Feel free to change the words to better address your specific situation. You have no excuse now. Send something!
Sample letters from Jan Cooper's web site:
State of California's NON-BREED SPECIFIC Dangerous Dog Law.