Friday, October 01, 2010

U.S. DOJ: BSL is inappropriate

Just read this piece on the Atlanta Journal Constitution website.

Here's an excerpt:

The 20-year old, federal Americans With Disabilities Act (”ADA”), however, may put a stop to such “breed-specific legislation.” The ADA protects measures designed to help persons with disabilities, which includes dogs used by disabled persons for assistance. Laws that outlaw ownership of entire breeds, including those that might be used for assistive purposes, would limit the ability of persons with disabilities to use such pets, and would therefore violate the ADA and be deemed by the Justice Department to be unlawful.

Wow! I'm a big confused by whether this is part of the original opinion the U.S. DOJ issued earlier this year regarding breed discrimination when it comes to service dogs, or if they actually issued another opinion regarding BSL. I tried to search the DOJ website to find something, but all I could come up with was ADA information, so I'm guessing the former.

Regardless, if you live in a community that's got BSL or is considering BSL, time to start bringing this decision to people's attention.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for highlighting this article - like you, I'm not certain whether this is a new opinion or not, but it's definitely an exciting development in the struggle to end BSL.