BSL IN NORTH AMERICA - IN PROGRESS
As it stands, we have over 300 places on our map that enact a form of breed specific legislation (BSL).
BSL can range from something as mild as a higher licence fee for specific breeds to an all-out ban, including mandatory destruction of any prohibited dog found within the boundaries of the legislating jurisdiction.
Unlike the USA which has shown a steady decline, the year of 2016 showed an incline in breed specific legislation in Canada. We saw several areas in Quebec change their animal control bylaws to include some form of breed specific legislation (BSL).
Sadly after over 11 years we are still home to the largest geographical ban in the world, and the 2nd largest City in Canada (population wise) has recently enacted a ban.
The United States of America despite a growing trend in the decline of BSL still has well over 300 places that enact a form of breed specific legislation.
The United Kingdom, sadly still after 25 years still has an all out ban.
The overall growing trend is a decline in breed specific legislation when this is looked at from a global perspective.
This decline is due to people like you and I becoming proactive within our communities.
Without individuals taking action and demanding change we will never make the progress we need to make.
We need each and every single one of you, regardless of where you live to help us demonstrate responsible dog ownership within your communities. We need each and every single one of you, to become more active in your communities and help us to reach people about what they can do as individuals to contribute to safer communities for both humans and canines. We need each and every single one of you, to talk to the people in your communities, and your leaders about the importance of owner accountability and breed neutral bylaws.
We cannot do this alone. The future of our dogs and our rights as owners depends on our individual action and actions as a community.
“Be proactive not reactive, for an apparently insignificant issue ignored today can spawn tomorrow's catastrophe.”
― Ken Poirot