BSL stands for breed-specific legislation. Breed-specific legislation is like racial profiling, but for dogs, and punishes them for being the wrong breed (or mix) rather than for deeds. Breed-specific legislation can include:
- Breed bans (you are no longer allowed to own a dog of a certain breed)
- Breed-specific insurance requirements (you can only own a dog of a certain breed if you are able to obtain expensive insurance, sometimes not even available)
- Breed-specific mandatory spay-neuter policies (you are required to spay or neuter your dog specifically because it is a target breed - this will eliminate entire breeds)
- Breed-specific mandatory microchipping (you are required to chip your dog and your data will be tracked in a database like a sex offender)
Breed-specific legislation makes it harder to own, keep, or adopt dogs of a specific breed, mixed breed dogs, or dogs that even just "resemble" targeted breeds.
Each of these types of breed-specific laws or policies fails to keep children and communities safe. Bottom line - BSL hurts good dogs and good owners.