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The American Kennel Club

The American Kennel Club supports reasonable, enforceable, non-discriminatory laws to govern the ownership of dogs . . . . The American Kennel Club strongly opposes any legislation that determines a dog to be "dangerous" based on specific breeds or phenotypic classes of dogs.

American Veterinary Medical Association

The AVMA supports dangerous animal legislation by state, county, or municipal government provided that legislation does not refer to specific breeds or classes of animals.


The Humane Society of the United States

The HSUS opposes legislation aimed at eradicating, or strictly regulating, dogs based solely on their breed for a number of reasons. . . . Well enforced, non-breed specific laws offer an effective and fair solution to the problem of dangerous dogs in all communities.

Page one of letter on BSL from HSUS
Page two of letter on BSL from HSUS
Page three of letter on BSL from HSUS


National Animal Control Association Policy Statement

POLICY STATEMENT - Dangerous and/or vicious animals should be labeled as such as a result of their actions or behavior and not because of their breed.

Letter from NACA regarding BSL


Tennessee Veterinary Medical Association

TVMA will adhere to AVMA's policy: The TVMA supports dangerous animal legislation by state, county, or municipal governments, provided that legislation does not refer to specific breeds or classes of animals. This legislation should be directed at fostering safety and protection of the general public from animals classified as dangerous.

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