Pit Bulls like this cutie, thankfully, have to worry less and less these days about laws that would ban them from public places. We’ve reported before that breed-specific legislation (BSL) is on the decline in the U.S., after a period where BSL had been on the increase in cities and towns across the U.S.
Now, the state of Georgia is jumping on the bandwagon to prohibit cities from enacting BSL ordinances.
Last month, the Georgia Senate passed a bill prohibiting local jurisdictions from passing any ordinances related to controlling specific breeds of dogs. The State would reserve to itself the exclusive power to pass any laws about dog breeds.
Cities and counties could still regulate vicious canines, as long as they don’t mention breed. Bill supporters say that a dog should be judged on its behavior alone.
They note that you can find vicious dogs within almost any breed, and no one particular breed has exclusive claim to good qualities such as calm dispositions, faithfulness or loyalty. It would be unjust to condemn any dog simply because of its genetics.
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