Stop Discriminating Against Dogs Based on Breed


Target: North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple

Goal: Stop the unjust and ineffective discrimination of certain dogs based solely on their appearance

Current state law in North Dakota allows any local government to enact bans or restrictions on certain dog breeds regardless of individual dogs’ temperaments. This type of discrimination is known as breed-specific legislation (BSL), and it unfairly punishes responsible pet owners with well-behaved dogs because of the way their dogs look.

Studies show that BSL does not help prevent dog attacks, and instead results in high numbers of pit bulls and pit bull-type dogs being ripped from loving homes and euthanized in overcrowded shelters. BSL is largely ineffective because a dog’s breed does not make it dangerous— negative situations like abuse and poor upbringing do. The Obama administration even released an official position statement in 2013 condemning the unjust discrimination of dogs based solely on their breed: “We don’t support breed-specific legislation—research shows that bans on certain types of dogs are largely ineffective… And the simple fact is that dogs of any breed can become dangerous when they’re intentionally or unintentionally raised to be aggressive.”

Because of the prevalence of BSL, and the negative stereotype it places on pit bulls, animal shelters across the country are overloaded with pit bulls and similar breeds. Most of these poor creatures don’t make it out of the shelter system alive. Urge North Dakota’s governor to pass a statewide bill preventing breed discrimination.


Dear Governor Dalrymple,

I am writing to you out of concern about the fact that any local government in North Dakota may enact bans or restrictions against certain dog breeds. Studies have shown BSL to be largely ineffective at preventing dog attacks and unfairly punishes responsible pet owners with well-behaved dogs.

While laws addressing dangerous dogs are certainly necessary public safety measures, targeting breeds like pit bulls and labeling them as aggressive does not make North Dakota’s communities any safer. Laws should remain breed-neutral and instead address the temperament and behavior of the dog rather than its appearance. By targeting dogs based solely on breed, many responsible pet owners with well-behaved pit bulls and pit bull-type dogs face undue hardships finding housing or obtaining adequate homeowner’s insurance. BSL ultimately results in countless well-behaved pit bulls and similar breeds being surrendered to overcrowded, tax payer-funded animal shelters where they have little hope of adoption and face an almost certain death.

A total of 19 other states have already passed statewide bills preventing the enactment of BSL. I urge you to ensure that BSL does not continue in North Dakota by passing a similar bill that protects the rights of responsible pet owners and their well-behaved dogs.


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  1. Sikiu Hernandez says:

    Ignorants and scumbags have demonized one of the best dog breeds in the planet. It is already well known by now that abusive, cruel and criminal owners ARE THE ONES RESPONSIBLE, not the pets. If pits were agressive, there´d always be dead bodies next to abused and tortured pitbulls! I have 3 at home. They are my youngest sons and certainlty, one of the best things that have happened to our family

  2. Despina M. Andrelus says:

    I’ve had my share of pitbulls and can honestly say that they are – by far – some of the most loving souls I’ve ever had the pleasure of sharing my life with. It’s no wonder they were called “The Nanny Dog”, being a most beloved dog in England and the United States, left to protect children, back in the day – and WWII war dogs, when we were smart enough to see the heroes within them. The amount of people they saved – and continue to save today! – is astounding… They were even given medals! On the rare occasion you will find someone willing to post from the many accounts of current day pitbull heroes saving lives, not just in war, but amongst the general masses; but what man has done – and continues to do – to exploit this incredible breed is horrendous. And even with all that has been done to them, the majority of pitbulls still have that amazing capacity to love that simply can’t be bred out of them, as much as so many have tried so hard to do with horrific abuse. Of course, you rarely hear about their capacity to love nowadays – even though they continue to prove it over and over again. We are a truly sorry lot as we continually strive to destroy and corrupt the beauty in front of us, and then insanely blame the ones broken down for what we have done to them, instead of placing the responsibility exactly where it belongs – on us.

    • Karen Remnant says:

      I wish there was a like button. Your comment says it better than I could have done. You’re so completely right.

      • Stan Benton says:


        My pitbull, Susie, taken in as a stray puppy, years ago, is one of the gentlest dogs I’ve ever seen or owned. If two of my other dogs seem about to fight, she will step between them and give them both kisses.

        What is with these BLS idiots?!?

    • I rescued a pitbull mix and she is a love bug. Not one mean bone in her body.

  3. Despina M. Andrelus says:

    “A righteous man regards the life of animals” – PROVERBS 12:10; “If you have men who will exclude any of God’s creatures from the shelter of compassion & pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men” – ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI; “Never, never be afraid to do what’s right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society’s punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way.” – MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.; “I hope to make people realize how totally helpless animals are, how dependent on us, trusting as a child must that we will be kind and take care of their needs…(They) are an obligation put on us, a responsibility we have no rights to neglect, nor to violate by cruelty….” – JAMES HARRIOT; “The greatness of a nation & its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated” – MAHATMA GANDHI

  4. Karen Remnant says:

    It’s the owners who cause the problem, not the dog! Don’t suppose we’d get away with deciding to euthanize the bad owners? Shame!

  5. How about we blame the deed and not the breed? Simple as that.

  6. Irena Franchi says:

    Stop Discriminating Against Dogs Based on Breed.

  7. all dogs are loving and caring dont label dogs

  8. It just shows how ignorant these people are. When does it end? All this hate towards a breed that spent centuries looking after CHILDREN.

  9. Lisbeth Alvarado Sanchez says:

    I don’t understand why the hatred and discrimination against pitbulls. I adopted a pitbull mix dog and he is the must loyal and loving of creatures. The people who discriminate them are ignorant and cruel.

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