Why should you care?
Breed Specific Legislation, or BSL, is the legislative mechanism that politicians utilize when they fear for their constituents safety and dont know what else to do to make residents feel safe.
People who support non-breed specific dangerous dog laws believe that no specific breed is inherently bad or prone to aggression. They believe that a toy breed is no more a breed for everyone than is a hound breed.
Responsible breeders understand this concept as well and only place puppies in homes that are appropriate for the given breed. Responsible breeders interview potential puppy people. They stress the importance of training, socialization and how dogs are different from humans. They want to see how your children interact with the dogs.
BSL’s only defense is education. This is where the Dog Legislation Council of Canada comes in. The DLCC’s goal is to help legislators create balanced, non-prejudicial dog bylaws.
What’s the worst that could happen?
Aside from falsely spiking insurance rates, BSL in its most base state means annihilation of certain breeds. It is happening as we speak in other countries, regardless of whether those canine companions are gentle, trained as therapy dogs or even heroes.
Photos of industrial garbage bins full of banned breed carcasses are the only remaining testament of these companion animals. Imagine how you would feel if you were out for a stroll with your family, including your canine companion, and your dog was snatched away from you. Without cause or reason your dog would be sentenced to death and you could do nothing to stop it.
Think it wasn’t that bad?
Dempsey spent 3 years on death row in West London, England
Dino a German Shepherd Dog condemned to death
In Canada, we still have an opportunity to educate our decision makers regarding responsible ownership. Please do your part and be a role model to others.
Pick up after your dog. Don’t let dogs run free. Socialize and train your dogs from a young age.