Independence, MO Call To Action
Since 2006, breed-specific legislation (BSL) has been in place in the city of Independence, MO impacting dogs labeled as "pitbulls" which includes American Pit Bull Terriers, American Staffordshire Terriers, and Staffordshire Bull Terriers. The archaic ban can also impact many mixed breed dogs and any dogs that loosely resemble a "pitbull" due to their appearance. Scientific studies, veterinary, canine, and public safety experts agree that BSL and breed-based bans are ineffective and a waste of public resources. Even worse, they are discriminatory towards responsible owners and punish dogs based only on their appearance or breed, sometimes resulting in the seizure of loved pets that have done nothing wrong. If you agree that the ban should be repealed, please take action by sending a message to Independence City Council members using the form below.