More States Prohibiting Breed-Specific Legislation

An Associated Press article published today, "Attitudes and Laws Against Pit Bulls Soften," confirms the AKC's belief that Breed-Specific Legislation (BSL) is on the decline nationwide, but there is still work to do.

From the article: Hostility toward "pits" grew so intense that some cities began treating them as the canine equivalent of assault rifles and prohibited residents from owning them. But attitudes have softened considerably since then as animal activists and even television shows cast the dogs in a more positive light. The image makeover has prompted many states to pass new laws that forbid communities from banning specific breeds.

"Lawmakers are realizing that targeting dogs based on their breed or what they look like is not a solution to dealing with dangerous dogs," said Lisa Peterson, a spokeswoman for the American Kennel Club.

Seventeen states now have laws that prohibit communities from adopting breed-specific bans. Lawmakers in six more states are considering similar measures, and some cities are reviewing local policies that classify pit bulls as dangerous animals.

Tell us: More states are prohibiting BSL, but some still see a need. What's your position?