Banned breeds

Topics: Dog, Dog breed, American Pit Bull Terrier, Insurance, Labrador Retriever, Kennel club / Pages: 5 (1550 words) / Published: May 12th, 2014
Banned Breeds Make Renting a Hardship.
By: Amy O’Halloran
Course: Com/156 University Composition and Communication II
Due: October, 19, 2013
Instructor: Michael Cooper

Owning a dog that is a Pit-Bull breed carries a preconceived perception that it is a dangerous dog, thus causing issues when searching for a residence to occupy. This should not be justifiable enough to disallow being covered under renters insurance. Owning pit-bull breeds are even illegal in some areas. Each dog is only as well trained as the owner it has been raised with and the preconceived bias against this breed should be reconsidered. Breed Specific Legislation (BSL) is defined as a law or statute that equates the qualities of a dangerous dog with a certain breed, and bans or restricts certain breeds based on identity, not behavior of a specific animal (Weiss, 2001). This type of legislation does not make concessions for those members of the breed who are valuable assets to their communities, such as therapy dogs, assistance dogs, or advanced trained dogs, such as drug dogs, and search and rescue dogs. BSL identifies a dog as "dangerous" based upon its breed alone and not based on any action or offense that the individual dog has ever committed (Weiss, 2001).When searching for a residence this is a hard problem to overcome if you happen to own one of these breeds. Banning a breed or particular mix of breeds punishes those dogs that are reliable community citizens, therapy dogs, and assistance dogs for handicapped owners, search and rescue dogs, drug-sniffing dogs, police dogs, etc., and drives them out of the community. Breeds and mixes are often difficult to identify. The "pit bull" is a type of dog bred for fighting, not a specific breed. Passage of laws that are only enforced on complaint cause two problems: they create disrespect for the law if the authorities require compliance only upon complaint, and they provide ammunition for



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