Ending Breed Restrictions
Information and resources for ending exclusionary legislation and policies motivated by discrimination.
BSL Legal Action Fund
Visual Breed I.D. and Behavior
The Social Impact of Breed Restrictions
They’re exclusionary and discriminatory
Public and private policies that ban or restrict dog ownership based on a dog’s known breed or appearance have a deep impact on individuals and on society at large. What is often misguidingly called “canine discrimination” is not about dogs at all. All breed-specific policies and laws can be traced to racism, classism, and ableism. Using myths, stereotypes, guesswork, and bad data, people use dogs as a scapegoat to deny others access to housing, public spaces, and to push them out of communities altogether.
Studies show that these laws and policies do not keep communities safe, rather they deny individual dog owners equal opportunity, pit neighbor against neighbor, and often result in family pets being forcibly removed from their homes.
Looks don’t equal behavior
Breed restrictions most often rely on breed stereotypes and visual breed identifcation. But, the canine genome tells us that how a dog looks has nothing to do with how a dog behaves.
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Excluding my dog is excluding me. Join our Dogs, People, and Housing Insurance Project and take action to end insurance breed restrictions.
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Get the facts
In our advocacy libary, we’ve gathered scientific research, opinion statements, and legal documents citing the factual reasons why breed restrictions don’t make any sense.
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How to challenge local breed-specific legislation
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