BSL = Breed Specific Legislation = Mega Lame-o


This is my postcard. The "dude" here is Denver's mayor. It's okay. I'm pretty sure he's cool with me calling him "dude."

Have you ever heard of Breed Specifc Legislation (BSL)? It’s pretty lame. According to Canada’s Guide to Dogs, BSL is defined as “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 bad of certain breeds.”

Ontario instituted pit bull-type bans 5 years ago- dogs lovers rallied over the weekend to have this ban repealed (read more on the rally at

Maggie with her family

Fellow blogger Maggie Marton (check out her R.O.A.R. Squad post!) from Oh My Dog! is campaigning to end BSL in Denver, Colorado, where the upcoming BlogPaws conference is being held from September 9-11, 2010. Denver has a breed ban on pit bulls, which means that Maggie cannot bring her beloved Staffie-mix, Emmett, with her to the conference.

Emmett is a therapy dog who brings a lot of comfort to and support to the kids and adults he visits in Bloomington, Indiana where they live.  Emmett is clearly not an evil, rabid killer. From what I understand he is a ridiculous snuggle butt who likes attention and treats.

BSL is lame.*

So, want to help? Maggie’s campaign to end BSL in Denver, Colorado involves the following:

Campaign Goal:

  • Collect one mile of postcards that will be delivered directly to the Mile High City’s mayor, John W. Hickenlooper

What You Can Do:

  • go the the Campaign to End BSL: Operation Denver page
  • here you can find a postcard template and more info
  • make a lovely postcard
  • email it to Maggie
  • et voila! You are now doing your part to make a difference in Denver!

BUT HURRY! The BlogPaws conference is in one week so you have to do it ASAP! If you have time to get a postcard to her by, say Friday, that would be peachy.

Thank you very much!

*This is a lighthearted post, but BSL is not a lighthearted issue. BSL doesn’t work because it doesn’t get to the root of the problem, which has to do with owner and non-owner education. Dogs need to be treated and handled like the creatures they are: ANIMALS with teeth. Animals will bite if they feel provoked/scared. Different dogs (as in the actual dog, I don’t mean the breed here) have different thresholds, but at the end of the day WE have decided to bring animals into our homes in close proximity with us, and most importantly with our children. All of us, especially our kids, need to be taught the correct way to approach, treat and work with animals so we can all live and play together safely. Here is some interesting info on BSL from Pit Bull Rescue Central.

The gorgeous, GENTLE y'all, Emmett.

9 Responses to “BSL = Breed Specific Legislation = Mega Lame-o”

  1. Kari says:

    Didn’t you know that we Pit Bull (and mix) owners are hard core thugs?

  2. I do love your postcard. Who could resist that head twist?

  3. Maggie says:

    Thank you so, so much for posting about the campaign! I sincerely appreciate your support, and I can’t wait to see the postcards that your fabulous readers make!

  4. Thank you for posting this, Shauna! It’s so, so important to me (and Juno) to get this stupid ass law repealed. I made a postcard and passed Maggie’s info along to my friends and family. You guys rock!!

  5. Thanks for your comments, guys!

    @Maggie- You are so very welcome- big thank YOU for doing so much hard work on this important issue!

    @Adrienne- Woot! So awesome of you to make a postcard!

  6. Abigail says:

    I have a dear friend that would go to jail before letting anyone take her Pits, her amazing sweet babies.

  7. Kim Clune says:

    So you know, you don’t have to make just one. Maggie is welcoming batches! I made over 20, and it only took about 30 minutes total to make each card unique. Nothing says “knock this shit off” like a big, big mail bag of disgruntled whoop@ss!