What is “Breedism”?

Breedism is to judge a dog based on its breed and not on it’s own history, behavior, or personality. Breedism is equal to racism, just people to animals and not people to people. Breed Specific Legislation (BSL) is a form of Breedism in our own Government.
Breedism is to look upon a dog and say it is dangerous because of what it is. Until you actually see it be dangerous or aggressive is to judge without right. Same as saying because someone is of a certain race they fall into a specific category. Such as they are illegal, lazy, stupid, or dangerous because of their race and not who they are.



Paws Up!
To the American Bar Association House of Delegates for urging state/local governments to repeal breed specific legislation!

According to a news story, the American Bar Association House of Delegates adopted Resolution 100, “which calls for breed-neutral dangerous dog laws that focus on the behavior of the dog owners and their pets.”

Breed specific legislation does not work. Exluding all members of a particular breed from a community does not end dog bites in that community. Dangerous dogs come in all sizes, shapes, and pure and mixed breeds. To single out one breed is to ignore the fact all dogs have teeth and all dogs have the capability to use those teeth to harm each other and us.

Take Action: Write a note of thanks to the American Bar Association. Then write your legislators letting them know you do not support breed-specific legislation.

Laura S. Bellows
American Bar Association
740 15th Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20005
Tele. No.: 202-662-1000



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Breed-neutral Laws Work


Breed-Specific Legislation on the Decline :

5 more states no longer allow BSL & more than 7x as many U.S. Municipalities repealed or rejected proposed BSL, than enacted it between: January 2012 –May 2014


The national trend is moving steadily away from breed-specific legislation (BSL) and toward breed neutral laws that hold all owners equally accountable for the humane care, custody and control of their dogs. The list of states that are considering and passing legislation to preempt municipalities from passing BSL continues to grow.
BSL is a discriminatory law or ordinance that prohibits or restricts the keeping of dogs of specific breeds, dogs presumed to be specific breeds, mixes of specific breeds, and/or dogs presumed to be mixes of specific breeds.[1]
The trend reflects a growing understanding that regulating dogs on the basis of breed or physical description does not reduce dog bites.[2].[3],[4]. An analysis published in 2010 offers one explanation for the failure of BSL.[5] Most importantly, studies continue to show that one kind of dog is no more likely to threaten or bite a human being than another.[6],[7].[8].
The American Bar Association has urged the repeal of all BSL.[9] The White House also opposes BSL and released a statement saying, “research shows that bans on certain types of dogs are largely ineffective and often a waste of public resources.”[10]
No major national organizations endorse BSL, including the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Centers for Disease Control, the Humane Society of the United States, the National Animal Control Association, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, and Best Friends Animal Society.
The tide has turned against BSL and communities are implementing policies that hold all dog owners responsible for the humane care, custody, and control of their dogs, regardless of breed or appearance.
Building safer and more humane communities requires multifactorial approaches focusing on improved ownership and husbandry practices, better understanding of dog behavior, education of parents and children regarding safety around dogs, and consistent enforcement of dangerous dog/reckless owner ordinances in communities.[11],[12].
Updated June 16, 2014