Breed specific legislation (BSL) is a discriminative way to rid some counties of certain breeds of dogs. Breed specific legislation is a law passed by a legislative body of government which refers to specific breeds of dogs. In some counties (in different states) Pit bulls are banned. Many times breeds get banned because of certain dangerous things an independent dog does.
In many counties officers have been trained to recognize a “pit bull” by profiling. Officers “recognize” the pit bulls by using a checklist. This checklist includes features such as a straight long tail, a square-ish head, and a lean muscular body. If a dog meets these requirements then it is a “pit bull”. If a dog matches even half of this checklist, it is still considered a pit bull. Breed specific legislation is so bad in some areas, that if your dog meets the requirements of that checklist, it could be taken away and euthanized.
According to the ASPCA (the American Society for Prevention of Cruelty towards Animals), pit bulls were genetically bred as fighting dogs. This is why so many people use pit bulls as fighting dogs, which then leads to the fierce dog that people make the pit bull out to be. Another thing that could scare people is the muscular frame of the pit bull, with a thick neck, muscular body, and square head people can build pit bulls up to be ferocious, but really pit bulls can be quite gentle, loving, and kind. But unfortunately most that see or hear about one or two pit bull attacks tend to think that pit bulls are monsters. This could be the reason why people think that pit bulls and other certain breeds should be banned.
Early in the last century pit bulls were an American favorite. In fact Helen Keller owned one, and Laura Ingalls Wilder owned one. Another interesting fact is that pit bulls used to be known as the nanny dog because they were great around children. That may seem hard to believe given the way the media portrays pit bulls, which is often in the worst way possible, but if you look at this picture you will see that pit bulls can be quite gentle.
According to pitbulls.org The CDC (Center for Disease Control) agrees that breed specific legislation is a substandard way to identify pit bulls. Because of the fact that many breeds have similar appearances DNA testing is the only real way to truly identify pit bulls. Pitbulls.org also says that the ATTS (American Temperament Test Society) did a test in 2008; for this test, they took different breeds of dogs on a walk, on this walk the dogs were exposed to sights, sounds, and other dogs. There were neutral encounters friendly encounters and threatening encounters, the dog would fail the test if it showed unprovoked aggression, panic without recovery, or strong avoidance. The APBT (American Pit Bull Terrier) passed the test at a rate of 85.3%. This score is above the Collies, golden retrievers, and other “family dogs”. The average score of dogs in this test is 77%.
According to pitbulls.org, BSL has neither reduced the number of dog bites nor the amount of fatal incidents by canines. In the UK, dog bites amazingly increased by 50% after they passed the Dangerous Dog Act in 1997 which banned all pit bull type dogs and 3 other breeds. Best Friends Animal Society (BFAS) put together a calculator showing the amount of money that cities and towns across the country that taxpayers would have to pay. Denver Colorado’s taxpayers pay 803,170 for their BSL law; this .includes enforcement, housing, vet care, euthanasia and disposal, any litigation costs, and DNA testing, New York City pays 12,895,950 and Chicago pays 3,950,530.
When you look at the cost and the inhumanity of Breed Specific Legislation, it seems to be a waste of time and taxpayers money. Breed Specific Legislation is not only ineffective but also very cruel. It is not very fair to submit a whole breed of dogs to this inhumane behavior than it is just the one dog who committed the act.