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Breed Specific Legislation

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

In Australia, they added the Maltese to the dangerous dog list.

Sen. Tim Burchett advocates breed specific legislation

Thursday, November 15th, 2007

State Sen. Tim Burchett wants to enact breed specific legislation mandating that pit bulls be spayed or neutered. The senator was also on the talk radio this morning saying that such programs in California have been successful. Unfortunately, such programs don’t exist in California as state law there prohibits breed specific legislation. It’s one area […]

Breed specific legislation made easy: legislate breeds

Friday, June 8th, 2007

Mixed breed genocide in Cali: “Unbelievable” was the reaction from PetPAC today after Members of the California State Assembly voted 41-38 to outlaw the existence of mixed-breed dogs and cats in the Golden State. Assembly Bill 1634, authored by Los Angeles Assemblyman Lloyd Levine, will allow only select purebred dogs and cats to breed. Pet […]

Breed Specific Legislation and Dog Shows

Thursday, February 16th, 2006

Aunt B.: Ferocious Pit Bull Kills Everyone at the Westminster Oh, wait, no. He won Best in Show. Too bad breed specific legislation will keep him out of Denver. Heh. Mark my words, this breed is about to hit the shitter. The worst thing for any breed of dog is to be popular. Bull Terriers […]

California Breed Specific Legislation

Friday, September 2nd, 2005

A while back, I learned that state law in California prohibited laws regarding dogs based on breed specific legislation. I opined that California is not a wholly evil place. Now, I’m not so sure: Prompted by a series of vicious dog attacks, lawmakers on Wednesday sent the governor a bill that would allow local governments […]

How Breed Specific Legislation gets started

Friday, April 1st, 2005

NBC25: A Maryland man faces numerous dangerous dog law violations, after police say his pit bull attacked several members of the community. After several attacks, a judge declared 23- year- old Wayne Grayís pit bulls dangerous, forbidding Gray from taking the dogs off his motherís property. Apparently, it takes several attacks before the authorities do […]

Breed Specific Legislation in New Mexico

Friday, December 17th, 2004

Speaking of New Mexico, there’s a bill pending to ban the breeding of pit bulls. This could be hard to do since pit bulls aren’t a breed: The breeding of pit bulls could be banned statewide as early as July, if a bill proposed by a state senator is passed into law. Under a bill […]

Stop Breed Specific Legislation

Thursday, May 29th, 2003

I suppose it’s America’s nature, but after a bad thing happens, our politicians like to appear to be doing something. Like firearms, dogs can hurt people. Particularly, dogs with irresponsible owners. Apparently, a growing number of politicians have decided that it’s particular breeds of dogs and they propose banning ownership of these dogs through breed […]

Breeds Specific Legislation Watch

Thursday, April 1st, 2004


Colorado Legislature Caves to Denver’s Breed Ban

Wednesday, April 7th, 2004

The Colorado bill I blogged about here has been changed to allow cities with populations over 400,000 (i.e., Denver) exemption to the law that bans breed specific legislation. Other than the fact I’m opposed to BSL, I have other issues with the legislation. Why exempt only cities with certain populations? Doesn’t seem to provide equal […]

Punish the deed, not the breed

Wednesday, July 16th, 2003

This is another alarmist example of how breed specific legislation gets started: A Murfreesboro woman wants to know why a police officer freed a pit bull terrier from a chicken coop Sunday, allowing it and another dog to kill her family’s cat. The dogs were running loose and got in a chicken coop and killed […]

Punish the deed, not the breed!

Monday, November 4th, 2002


In which I agree with the White House

Thursday, August 15th, 2013

Breed specific legislation is stupid. Why, it’s like on one issue, they think you can trust the people.

BSL in Tennessee

Thursday, January 17th, 2008

TN Senator Tommy Kilby (BTW, you look over the age of 8 shouldn’t it be Tom or Thomas?) has proposed a bill to make the possession of pit bulls (as very loosely defined in the bill) unlawful: It is an offense for any person to knowingly own a pit bull dog in this state. And […]

Restricting Dog Capacity

Friday, May 4th, 2007

I guess I just kinda assumed that the king of the nanny states probably already banned politically incorrect dogs. Apparently, they do not but are looking into it: State legislators will hold a hearing later this month on whether to outlaw pit bulls, though Walsh said lawmakers hope to look into broader issues regarding dog […]

Radley takes on BSL

Tuesday, September 26th, 2006

Radley Balko has a column on Breed Specific Legislation. Via, err, Radley.

Media gets material from Aunt B.

Friday, February 17th, 2006

No, really: Rufus cuddled up beside the couch, ready for a good nap. Belly full from his favorite steak dinner and tuckered out from a romp around the house, he put down the head that has become the signature of dogdom in America. “He’s a wonderful pet,” owner Barbara Bishop cooed. “My grandson used to […]

Yeah, we know that

Wednesday, December 21st, 2005

A letter to the editor from Adam Goldfarb of the Humane Society concludes with: If Lincoln County wants to be a safer place, then thoughtful, non-breed specific legislation should be enacted and enforced. Such legislation would address responsible pet care and severely punish irresponsible owners, as well as provide local animal control with the power […]

The other San Fran Ban

Wednesday, November 16th, 2005

A ban on politically incorrect dogs: City supervisors passed a new set of laws requiring spaying and neutering of pit bulls five months after the fatal mauling of a 12-year-old boy by his family’s pit bulls. Tuesday’s decision came in the face of a threat of a ballot initiative to overturn a tough new state […]

The War on Terriers

Thursday, August 18th, 2005

In Oklahoma: State Rep. Paul Wesselhoft, R-Moore, bit off a mouthful with his announced intention to seek legislation placing restrictions on pit bull terriers this summer. His initial plan was shot down by Attorney General Drew Edmondson who ruled state law currently prohibits breed-specific bans. Mr. Wesselhoft, a freshman, plans to push ahead and seek […]

It’s coming, Kali

Thursday, June 30th, 2005

Speier’s repeal of doggie protections passed committee: SACRAMENTO State Senator’s Jackie Speier’s dog law bill passed the Assembly Local Government Committee today on a four-to-two vote. Current state law prohibits breed specific legislation. But Speier’s bill — S-B 861 — would allow local governments to place restrictions on breeders of certain types of dogs and […]

More on the SF dog ban

Tuesday, June 7th, 2005

Eric has more on Frisco’s proposed ban on politically incorrect dogs: I want to address Newsom’s apparent contention that people who own pit bulls don’t “think what’s in their best interests.” I’ve had these dogs since the mid 1970s, and while I’ve perhaps not written enough posts about this issue, it’s because it makes me […]

Local BSL in the works

Wednesday, May 18th, 2005

Looks like there’s a proposal in Sumner County to implement breed specific legislation: One option would require owners to register, confine and insure their dogs.

Doggie Genocide in Denver

Thursday, May 12th, 2005

A while back, Denver banned politically incorrect dogs and that ban was suspended by state legislation restricting breed specific legislation. Denver sued to reinstate the ban and won. A court ruled that Denver was, basically, not subject to the state law because of home rule. In other words, Denver was its own country. The breed […]

Not Surprising

Friday, April 15th, 2005

Looks like breed specific legislation doesn’t work: It was our impression that Muskegon Heights’ tough city ordinance limiting pit bulls and dangerous dogs would have been more effective. Yet clearly, more needs to be done and is being done in the wake of several pit bull attacks on children in that city. The solution propose, […]

Pit Bull Stuff

Monday, April 11th, 2005

Lawmakers in Georgia are again looking to ban Pit Bulls. The news piece even has a hysterical piece labeled Animal Outlaw, though I don’t think the dog listed is a pit bull. The entire article: [16 paragraphs describing one incident where four unrestrained pit bulls killed a horse] A proposed bill would make it illegal […]

No BSL in New Mexico

Friday, February 11th, 2005

Proposed breed specific legislation banning pit bulls in New Mexico died in committee: But pit bull breeders and others told the committee breed-specific bans would not survive court challenges. Robert Cortese, a pit bull breeder from Tajique, said Beffort’s bill would burden the state with impounding thousands of innocent dogs “while doing nothing to protect […]

You mean BSL didn’t solve the problem?

Tuesday, January 18th, 2005

Actual Headline: Teen not bitten by pit bull: A teenager who was bitten by a dog Saturday was not attacked by a pit bull. Galen Barrett, chief animal control officer for Council Bluffs, said Laura Rocha was bitten by a Laborador-mix (sic) dog at about 5:30 p.m. as she walked in the 100 block of […]

Facts about Pit Bulls

Monday, December 27th, 2004

Mostly facts about breed specific legislation in Canada.

Bad law is, as usual, better than no law

Wednesday, November 24th, 2004

The Council Bluffs mayor has signed breed specific legislation into law: Kelley McAtee said she and others met with Hanafan last Thursday to request his veto of the ordinance. McAtee said the mayor expressed concerns about some parts of the ordinance, though he told them he couldn’t veto just parts of the ordinance, it would […]

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