Information about Breed Specific Legislation (BSL)
What is Breed Specific Legislation or BSL?
Breed Specific Legislation (BSL) is, essentially, efforts used to restrict, ban and/or eliminate certain breeds of dogs, purebred or mixed. It can include anything from requiring special licensing of a breed (breed restriction) to the total ban of certain breeds.
Several jurisdictions in Canada have either enacted Breed Specific Legislation or are proposing enacting legislation that specifically names certain breeds as restricted or prohibited.
This section of the Canada's Guide to Dogs website is provided as a resource for those looking to learn more about this very important issue. The links provided under the Information & Resources category are to some of the most indepth web sites covering all facets of BSL.
Because of the very recent proposed province-wide Pit Bull breed ban by Attorney General Michael Bryant in the province of Ontario, a section specific to Ontario has been added which includes information about what you can do to help fight this legislation.
And now... the New Brunswick Bill 55 - Restricted Dogs Act.
Education is Key:
To learn more about the specific breeds generally known as "Pit Bull types" see:
- Staffordshire Bull Terrier
- American Staffordshire Terrier
- American Pit Bull Terrier
- The Pit Bull Educational Packet (PDF format) from www.understand-a-bull.com.
- Unwrapping Pit Bulls from Karen Peak of West Wind Dog Training (Article added 26 Jan 2005)
Breed banning is not a solution to preventing dog bites or attacks. Education of child, parent, dog owner, and the public in general is key to reducing the number of attacks. The following are links to web sites which deal specifically with these issues:
- The Safe Kids/Safe Dogs Project "Too many children are getting injured by dogs. Too many breeds are being banned based on ignorance. Too many dog owners are ending up with problem dogs because the human end is undereducated. The Safe Kids/Safe Dogs Project is dedicated to ending this - all of this." (Link added 26 Jan 2005)
To learn more about how you can help continue the fight, visit:
- The American Staffordshire Club of Canada website: amstaffclubofcanada.ca,
- The Staffordshire Bull Terrier Club of Canada website: www.staffordcanada.com,
- The Banned Aid Coalition website: www.bannedaid.com
Also see The Dog Owners' Liability Act of Ontario (2005) Information Sheet (PDF) The Dog Legislation Council of Canada has created a easy to read brochure available on the basics of Bill 132 and the new DOLA.
BOB WAS A PIT BULL
By Ryan S Browning
Bob was a Pit Bull. He was my best friend.
As Bob grew older some neighbors got scared.
Bob stays at home while I am at school.
He said a little boy was killed by a Pit Bull tied up
Every day after school we like to play and we have a lot of fun.
They passed some kind of law, it's called BSL,
I ran to my room with Bob at my heels.
Dad and Mom said they would get me a new dog.
They said because of mean and cruel people, all Pit Bulls like Bob,
It's not kids or people like me,
Just because some people don't look after their animals,
by Ryan S Browning
Pit Bull Breed Ban in Ontario:
The Dog Legislation Council of Canada has created a easy to read brochure available on the basics of Bill 132 and the new DOLA. (Revised link 23 February 2007)
THE DOGS OF ONTARIO NEED YOUR HELP (Added 9 March 2005)
The proposed legislation by Attorney General Michael Bryant would ban pit bulls, i.e., ban ownership, breeding, transferring, abandoning, importing, and training pit bulls to fight. Under this proposed legislation, a pit bull is defined as:
- A Pit Bull Terrier;
- A Staffordshire Bull Terrier;
- An American Staffordshire Terrier;
- An American Pit Bull Terrier; or
- A member of a class of dogs that have an appearance and physical characteristics that are substantially similar to the four types of dogs that have been identified.
Which Dog is the Villain?(Article added 28 July 2006)
Ramifications of Bill 132 This is a MUST READ article reproduced from the NCCPD.
Advocates for the Underdog A group that believes Breed Specific Legislation is a quick fix that does not protect the public.
4 Legged Love - Against Ontario's Proposed Pit Bull Ban 4 Legged Love is a dog placement and dog adoption agency based in Toronto (Etobicoke), operating throughout Southern Ontario. Because the Pit Bull ban was put in place in Windsor, Ontario a short time ago, any Pit Bull "type" dog/puppy in shelters, found as strays or dropped off are being euthanized without being given the chance to go up for adoption. 4 Legged Love is working with an independent rescuer located in Windsor to try to save these dogs/pups' lives by tranporting and placing them into caring, forever homes outside of the Windsor area.
This bill restricts any of the following breeds:
And, if passed, this bill would place several restrictions and unique requirements on owners of these breeds.
After two days of public hearings (Nov. 16 - 17, 2004) held in the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick MLA Kelly Lamrock, who introduced the proposed legislation, announces willingness to modify Bill 55. The changes which will move Bill 55 from being breed specific to one which will deal with all dangerous dogs.
Information / Resources / Articles:
- To Ban the Breed?
Pit bull ownership: just another topic too controversial for the dinner table
By: Jen Kaiser, May 2010
- Breed Specific Legislation Of a fiction which maybe what your tomorrow will be made of... From the Rottweiler Club of Canada
- Breed Specific Legislation and the CKC
- Dog Legislation Council of Canada (DLCC) The DLCC formed in 2003, and counting among its members experienced and ethical dog enthusiasts nationwide. The DLCC is Canada's first and unique collaborative effort of rescue volunteers, owners, dog trainers, breeders and handlers to promote responsible dog ownership of all dogs.
- Dog bites- Are there dangerous breeds? From HealthyPet.com "Dog bites are a serious problem in the United States. Each year, 4.7 million people are bitten by dogs, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Around 17 percent of these people require medical care. And in approximately 10-20 tragic cases per year, the bite victim is killed. The CDC has labeled dog bites in America an "epidemic." The ten breeds involved in the most lethal attacks over the past ten years are pit bulls, rottweilers, German shepherds, huskies, malamutes, Dobermans, chow chows, St. Bernards, Great Danes, and Akitas." Read More...
- Monster Myths from Bay Area Doglover Responsible About Pitbulls (Bad Rap)
- Breed Specific Legislation From Pitbull Rescue Central Pit Bull Rescue Central envisions a compassionate world where pit bulls and pit bull mixes reside in responsible, loving homes and where their honor and positive image is restored and preserved. An excellent source of informatin for BSL worldwide.
- FAQ's About Breed Specific Legislations (Article added 26 Jan 05)
- Why All Breeds Need to Fight (Article added 26 Jan 05)
- Out of the Mouths of Babes (Article added 26 Jan 05)
- You Can't Ban Snoopy (Article added 26 Jan 05)
- How A Breed Gets Banned(Article added 26 Jan 05)
- Dog Watch Excellent source for information on BSL
- RCC BSL Group Serves as a central contact and discussion area for The Rottweiler Club of Canada (RCC) in regards to Breed Specific Legislation (BSL). Support is for the entire Anti-BSL movement for ALL breeds.