Recent Trends in Breed Specific Legislation: Logic Trumps Hysteria

Ever wonder if the advocates who are working hard to stop Breed Specific Legislation are making an impact? The answer is YES they are!

YOU are making a difference. Here’s the proof:

Since January 2012, Breed Specific Legislation is consistently being repealed or rejected more than it is being passed or considered. That’s something to take note of and celebrate!

According to our exhaustive research, conducted and updated every month, here’s the breakdown:

Since January 2012 BSL is being considered, either actively or the issue remains unresolved, in approximately 33 locations in the United States. Here is a sampling of locations in that category:

-Covington, LA
-Riverside County, CA
-Woonsocket, RI
-West Memphis, AR
-Albany, GA
-Lawrenceburg, IN
-Panola County, MS
-Caledonia, MN
-Wareham, MA


Since January 2012 BSL has been passed in approximately 16 locations in the United States. Here is a sampling of locations in that category:

-Washington, LA
-Etowah, TN
-Caddo Valley, AR
-Bluefield, WV
-Schuyler, NE
-Terrell County, GA
-Elephant Butte, NM
-Portsmouth, OH
-Camp Lejune, NC – Marine Corps Base


Wait…Here’s the good news.

Since January 2012 BSL has been rejected in approximately 32 locations in the United States. Here is a sampling of locations in that category:

-Bronwood, GA
-Royal Oak, MI
-Ionia, MI
-Yalobusha County, MS
-Waterbury, CT
-Cridersville, OH
-Sioux Falls SD
-Ramona, KS
-West Fork, AR
-Hammond, LA
-Hobart IN
-Camanche, IA
-Dunn, NC
-Slater, MO
-Fund du Lac, WI
-Crab Orchard, KY
-Hagerstown, MD
-Bloomington, IL

Since January 2012 BSL has been repealed in approximately 24 locations in the United States. Here is a sampling of locations in that category:

-Town & Country, MO
-Ohio STATEWIDE
-Worcester, MA
-North Beach, MD
-Allen Park, MI
-Dekalb County, GA
-Morris, IL
-Darlington, WI

Since January 2012 BSL is being considered for  repeal in approximately 17 locations in the United States. Here is a sampling of locations in that category:

-South Bend, IN
-Dodge City, KS
-Wilmington, DE
-Manly, IA
-Parma, OH
-Clayton, MO
-Waterford, MI

Since January 2012 BSL has been preempted in at least 3 states:

Nevada
Connecticut
Massachusetts

This brings the total to 15 for states with BSL preemptions in place. More are pending.


In case you weren’t counting, that’s:

49 locations with BSL passed or being considered

76 locations with BSL rejected, repealed, preempted


See? We told you that you’re doing great work! Keep it up. Discriminatory, ineffective laws are being replaced with fair, humane, and effective laws: one town, one county, one state at a time.


Looking for more? Check out our BSL map which is updated once a month:

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