End BSL: Stop the banning & killing of innocent dogs throughout the United States

No dog breed should be banned. Breed bans are costly and ineffective and punish responsible dog owners and innocent dogs based on how a dog looks. Dogs should be banned based on behavior, not their breed. Labeling dogs based on breed is like classifying people based on their race: it is just wrong!

While differnt "Pit Bull" breeds are the most well-known dogs affected by the Breed Specific Legislation, in most places they are only one of many dog breeds being banned, such as Rottweilers, Akitas, Dobermans, German Shepherds, Chows, etc...maybe your dog will be banned next.

There are no good reasons for breed restrictions.

“A CDC study on fatal dog bites lists the breeds involved in fatal attacks over 20 years [but it] does not identify specific breeds that are most likely to bite or kill, and thus is not appropriate for policy-making decisions related to the topic.

The American Temperament Test Society’s Website shows that Pit bulls have a higher average temperament score than even the Golden Retriever (which is considered a great family dog).

Pit bulls make great family pets and great service dogs, as rescue pits that are saving human lives in Search and Rescue and US Customs Service.

Ohio recently considered passing breed discriminatory laws, but after researching all the facts, realized that these laws don't work and chose to implement breed-neutral laws that target reckless owners instead of innocent dogs.

In fact, studies from throughout the United States and Canada show that breed bans have not decreased fatal dog attacks; and that the number of attacks have remained the same or increased.

Any dog can be dangerous.

“A 10 Lbs Pomeranian killed a baby a few years ago... Obviously a problem with that particular dog, not the breed. "The baby's uncle left the infant and the dog on a bed while the uncle prepared her bottle in the kitchen. Upon his return, the dog was mauling the baby, who died shortly afterwards. ("Baby Girl Killed by Family Dog," Los Angeles Times, Monday, October 9, 2000, Home Edition, Metro Section, Page B-5.)"

Breed Restrictions are Ineffective and Costly:

Breed Restrictions only hurt responsible owners, because criminals will continue to break the law, so they will continue to have illegal breeds. And they don’t care if the dogs are confiscated and killed because they do not care about the dog’s welfare.

Please help to stop punishing innocent dogs & their owners. Lots of dogs are becoming homeless & being killed because of this ban, which bans based on a dog's physical appearance & not on its behavior. A dog should only be determined as aggressive based on that individual dog's behavior. We cannot judge how an entire breed of dogs will behave, just like we can't judge an entire race of people.

Please just look at the facts & listen to the experts: pit bulls are good dogs.

The United States is known for doing the "humane" thing, but banning and killing all dogs that look a certain way is not humane and killing innocent dogs is not humane. I am deeply saddened and embarassed that we allow this kind of inhumane treatment of animals in our own country, of our dogs. When someone hears of this kind of horrific behavior, we automatically think that must be happening in some other less developed country, not here. Please help to change this...to establish a law to prohibit banning and killing dogs based on breed or appearances!

Thank you for your time and help regarding this matter.