The risk of being killed or seriously injured by a pit bull is HIGHEST in an area with an anti-BSL law.
Texas, California and Florida
- Texas passed a statewide anti BSL law in 1991. Since passage of that law 42 Texans have been mauled to death by pit bulls, 36 of them in the last 10 years.
- California passed an anti-BSL law in in 1989. Since passage of that law 39 Californians have been killed by pit bulls, 30 of them in the last 10 years.
- In 1990 Florida passed an anti-BSL law. Since that time 22 Floridians have been killed by pit bulls, 13 of them in the last 10 years.
Calgary introduced breed-neutral legislation in 2006 in a move against BSL.
There were 400 dog bites in Calgary in 2013 which increased to 500 in 2014. Confirmed “aggressive dog incidents” and related criminal charges tripled in 2013, and in mid-2014 were up 15% more.
Has breed-neutral legislation worked? The statistics from the past four years would indicate a resounding “NO”. For the past four years dog bites have risen steadily every year, and over 350% in the past 4 years, from 58 in 2009 to 203 in 2012.