a man squats behind a pit bull type dog and a great dane type dog
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Across the country, entire communities ban or restrict dogs because of their breed or perceived breed. But the truth is that breed-specific legislation (BSL) is an ineffective animal management strategy that has failed everywhere it has been tried.

Using physical breed standards as a proxy for determining whether a dog is dangerous is incredibly flawed. With advances in science and our increasing knowledge about a dog’s DNA and the relationship to appearance and behavior, we now know that breed is a complex issue that does not neatly translate into predictive behavior patterns.

Breed bans and restrictions force dogs out of homes and into shelters. No family should have to choose between their dog and their home. It is time to leave this kind of bad policy where it belongs: in the past.

Sign the pledge below. Then, learn what you can do to fight BSL.

Dave Bautista welcomes all dogs into his galaxy. Join his cause to end breed discrimination by watching this video—then sign the pledge to stop BSL.

Take the Pledge to Stop Breed-Specific Legislation

I pledge to put an end to breed-discriminatory policies. The physical appearance of a dog has no basis in determining whether he or she is likely to harm someone.

Instead, I will support breed-neutral regulation of dogs to help my community become a place where dogs aren’t judged by their looks, but by their behavior.

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