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How Does Breed Specific Legislation (BSL) Gets Passed

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Deirdre “Little Darling” Franklin is the founder, president, and soul behind Pinups for Pitbulls. She holds a master’s degree in public policy from Drexel University, where she specialized in breed-specific legislation.

How does Breed Specific Legislature gets passed?

Breed specification legislation gets passed because of fear mongering and most of the time when breed specific legislation even enters the public’s sphere is usually because there was some kind of bite or fatality that took place. But what people don’t do, is consider what happened and why? Instead, they just look at, Oh, what kind of dog was that and we should get rid of that kind of dog. And that is not very intelligent and that is not very scientific and it’s not going to do anything that can keep your community safer. We want to make sure that we are keeping our dogs safe so that we are keeping our community safe. And that is not a breed specific issue, that is a human being issue.


Who passes BSL?

Dog laws are not controlled by the U.S. federal government. Dog control laws are passed and enforced at the state and local level. BSL is unlikely to be proposed at a federal level. States may create statewide dog control laws. This may include laws that prohibit municipalities from passing BSL, or laws that mandate statewide BSL.

PFPB is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization whose mission is to educate people about the history, temperament, and plight of the pit bull-type dog; raising awareness to rally against Breed Specific Legislation (BSL) and Breed Discriminatory Laws (BDL). PFPB’s goal is to restore the image of the pit bull-type dog to its former reputation of America’s companion animal, war hero, and family member.