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Welcome to StopBSL


o Info, Rules & Guidelines | o stopBSL FAQ
o The List of Targeted Breeds
o !RARE! Breed of the Month Features


Before You Decide to
Join Us Here @ stopBSL

We kindly ask & very much encourage that before you decide to join us here at stopBSL, please go over the Info, Rules & Guidelines & our FAQ to make certain we are the right group for you & your artwork!



|Who We Are|
stopBSL is a group solely for canine lovers & artists, a place where canine enthusiasts can share dog related artwork in effort to raise awareness about breed-specific legislation, also known as BSL, to encourage responsible dog ownership & to demote the undeserved stereotypes among man's best friend, the dog

We are for responsible dog ownership, responsible / ethical purebred breeding, we also wish to promote adoption & rescue instead of buying from irresponsible / "backyard" breeders & pet stores

We do not believe in breed discrimination, profiling or stereotypes; we look to discourage discrimination & dismiss myths through education & raising awareness; we are here to provide our members with accurate need-to-know information as well as a wide variety of resources on the different aspects of responsible dog ownership

We are anti-BSL & pro-canine!

Not only do we the administrators here at stopBSL strive to be the most beloved American Pit Bull Terrier & bully breed advocacy group on DeviantART, but we also strive to be the overall very best pro canine group that dA has to offer, as complimented to us by countless dedicated members who truly feel that our hard work in this group has paid off and then some by providing the dA public with more than just a place to share artwork, but also a place to raise awareness about breed-specific legislation and dog breeds targeted by breed-specific laws, to educate viewers about what it takes to be a responsible pet owner, the importance of responsible breeding practices, to encourage adoption / rescue, to be there for members in need of advice and for those to share inspirational stories about man's best friend

stopBSL is unlike any other canine support group on DeviantART!
|What Is BSL?|
BSL, also known as breed-specific legislation, is a law or ordinance passed by a legislative body pertaining to a specific breed or breeds of domesticated animals. In practice, it generally refers to laws or ordinances pertaining to a specific dog breed or breeds. - Wikipedia

Breed-specific legislation refers to laws that regulate and restrict what breeds of dog citizens residing within certain municipalities can and cannot own, breed-specific laws are proposed and adopted in failing effort to reduce bites and attacks inflicted by dogs and to increase public safety. Breed-specific legislation comes in two forms - breed bans and breed restrictions. To learn more about breed-specific legislation, please see our very own introductory article:
o An Introduction to BSL
|What Breeds Are At Risk?|
Understand that the American Pit Bull Terrier, Rottweiler, German Shepherd Dog and Doberman Pinscher are not the only breeds of dog affected by breed-specific legislation; in fact, the Great Dane, English Mastiff, Chow Chow, Siberian Husky, Fila Brasileiro and Anatolian Shepherd are just a few among the many other breeds of dog often subject to breed-specific laws and other forms of discrimination. For the most accurate list available on the web of what dog breeds are affected by breed-specific legislation in the United States, Canada, & more than fifteen other countries worldwide such as Norway, Bermuda & Spain, please see stopBSL’s very own collection of targeted breeds:
o StopBSL's List of Targeted Breeds
|Can I Join & How Do I?|
To join stopBSL, click where it says "Join Our Group" at the top of the page and wait patiently for your join request to be accepted by an administrator. Please do not ask to join the group because everyone & anyone is entitled to join; we ask all soon-to-be members to read over the group's Info, Rules & Guidelines as well as our FAQ prior to joining to ensure that you agree with our values and what we stand for, and that your artwork will be accepted here
|How Do I Submit Artwork?|
Once your join request has been accepted & an administrator has given you a proper welcome, you can begin submitting artwork to the group's gallery. To submit artwork, you will need to click the gallery tab and click where it says "Contribute to This Folder", here you will be able to select which of your own deviations from your gallery which you would like to submit to ours; again, remember to submit only once you have read over our Info, Rules & Guidelines, and always make sure you have sent your submission to the correct folder otherwise your submissions will be declined.

o Info, Rules & Guidelines | o The FAQ
o The Overview of Gallery Folders


If you may question to where exactly you should submit your artwork, stopBSL's very own Overview of Gallery Folders lists each gallery folder and summarizes their uses in order to help members better understand what different folders are used for and to which folders their submissions belong and why, please make sure you have taken a look at the overview however if that does not quite answer any questions our folder system raises then you are always welcome to contact the administrators for a further understanding

Global Submission Limit: 3 / Three a Day
Keep in mind that different folders do have different submission limits, sometimes weekly or even monthly. These limits are mentioned on the left hand side within each gallery folder!

:note: Please direct all of your questions, concerns & suggestions to stopBSL's administrators via note via note & we will be happy to answer your questions or assist you in any way!




stopBSL's Educational Articles
Through our group blog we intend to feature a wide variety of resources on basic canine care and the responsibilities of being a good pet owner; we strive to educate our members with general need-to-know information and canine-related news by sharing our own knowledge with all of you. While we currently have only a very limited number of educational articles, we do plan to compile many more over time, so please patiently sit back and be ready for our fabulous administrative team to update the blog with new, interesting and informational articles for your reading pleasure!
The articles listed below are our educational series written by stopBSL administrators; not only do our administrators write these blogs, but we also encourage our members to come forward with their own ideas and their very own written works containing factual information to help educate those apart of this group. If you happen to be interested in contributing to stopBSL by sharing an article that you have written, please contact stopBSL via note and we will be thrilled to make arrangements for you to submit your own educational article to share with all of our members!
The Complete List of Educational Articles
All Written by the stopBSL Team

o An Introduction to Breed-Specific Legislation
o Handling Food Aggression in Dogs
o The DOs & DON'Ts of Dog Collars
o Looking Into Cesar Millan & His Methods
o Purebred Versus Mixed Breed Dogs
o The Most Stereotyped Breed
o Reputable Breeder vs. Backyard Breeder
o What's In Your Dog's Diet?
o The DOs & DON'Ts of Chew Toys
o The Pet Obesity Epidemic
o Homeowers Insurance & Breed Discrimination
o Understanding Dog Behavior & Body Language
o Service Dog Fraud & The Problem
o Black Dog Syndrome
o "It's All in How They're Raised" Misconception
o Debunking Dominance Theory


Become a stopBSL Blogger!
The stopBSL administrative team is always open to welcome others to become apart of our team effort in educating the dog owners / lovers of DeviantART, if you would like to become one of "The Bloggers", all you have to do is contact stopBSL staff, tell us a little bit about yourself, assure us that you have the time, the knowledge and resources to provide accurate and factual educational articles for the group's members to read and learn from. As apart of "The Bloggers", your only job is to write and submit blog entries, and if you feel as though that is right up your alley then do send us a note! Please understand that we expect "The Bloggers" to fulfill their duties as writing educational articles and if those duties are not fulfilled, said blogger will be demoted back to a member; before contacting our team about becoming a blogger, you need to be absolutely certain that you will be able to take on the role you are applying for!

For those who are sincerely interested in contributing an educational article to stopBSL but without the desire to be apart of the administrative team, we have temporary blogger positions! As a member you will be promoted to this position in order to submit your article and once your article has been submitted & approved, then you will return to your previous position as a member. This way more of our members can take part in sharing their knowledge with the rest of the group without having to commit! If you are interested, again, please send us a note!

!RARE! Breed of the Month
stopBSL administrators work together to submit a monthly article featuring less common, rare and even unheard of breeds of dogs to our members through our "Rare Breed of the Month" also referred to as RBotM by our administrators - a monthly article created to educate our members on various rare breeds of dogs, we have been proudly featuring these amazing, lesser known dog breeds to our members since early 2011 and we plan to continue for as long as there are many, many breeds out there that most of the general public are completely unaware of; as of mid 2012 RBotM got even better when we were finally able to include images and thumbnails in our articles, giving us the privilege to compliment these written entries with beautiful photographs of these amazing dogs! And as of January 2012 we have begun a new mini-feature to our RBotM articles called the "Targeted Breed of the Month", which shines some light on the various breeds of dog that are targeted by breed-specific legislation and other forms of discrimination, highlighting some basic yet interesting breed facts, all of which we hope our members will like! Through the "Rare Bree of the Month" we wish to introduce new breeds to our members, so we hope that all members and new-comers will continue to enjoy these features at the beginning of each month!
!RARE! Breed of the Month 2015
• January - Skye Terrier
• February - Bergamasco Shepherd
• March - Drever


Latest RBotM Articles
Featuring January's !RARE! Breed of the MonthInfo, Rules & Guidelines || stopBSL FAQ || The List of Targeted Breeds
The Complete Member List || !RARE! Breed of the Month Features
Welcome to Our !RARE! Breed of the Month Feature!
2011 !RARE! Breed of the Month Recap
2012 !RARE! Breed of the Month Recap
2013 !RARE! Breed of the Month Recap
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Featuring February's !RARE! Breed of the MonthInfo, Rules & Guidelines || stopBSL FAQ || The List of Targeted Breeds
The Complete Member List || !RARE! Breed of the Month Features
Welcome to Our !RARE! Breed of the Month Feature!
January's !RARE! Breed of the Month
2011 !RARE! Breed of the Month Recap
2012 !RARE! Breed of the Month Recap
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Featuring March's !RARE! Breed of the MonthInfo, Rules & Guidelines || stopBSL FAQ || The List of Targeted Breeds
The Complete Member List || !RARE! Breed of the Month Features
Welcome to Our !RARE! Breed of the Month Feature!
January's !RARE! Breed of the Month
February's !RARE! Breed of the Month
2011 !RARE! Breed of the Month Recap
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!RARE! BotM of 2014
• January - Lagotto Romagnolo
• February - Munsterlander
• March - Swedish Vallhund
• April - Pyrenean Shepherd
• May - Kishu Ken
• June - Kai Ken
• July - East Siberian Laika
• August - Schapendoes
• September- Transylvanian Hound
• October - Appenzeller Mountain Dog
• November - Hungarian Pumi
• December - Chinook
o 2014 !RARE! BotM Recap


!RARE! BotM of 2013
• January - Bohemian Shepherd
• February - Alaskan Klee Kai
• March - Beauceron
• April - Komondor
• May - Hamilton Hound
• June - Himalayan Sheepdog
• July - Karelian Bear Dog
• August - New Zealand Huntaway
• September - Silken Windhound
• October - Blue Picardy Spaniel
• November - Plott Hound
• December - Russkiy Toy
o 2013 !RARE! BotM Recap


!RARE! BotM of 2012
• January - Aidi
• February - Kooikerhondje
• March - Procelaine
• April - Hovawart
• May - Shikoku Dog
• June - Stabyhoun
• July - Broholmer
• August - Azores Cattle Dog
• September - Catahoula
• October - Bavarian Mountain Dog
• November - Cirneco dell'Etna
• December - Rafeiro do Alentejo
o 2012 !RARE! BotM Recap


Previously Featured Breeds of 2011
Xoloitzcuintli | Hungarian Mudi | Aus. Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog
Norwegian Lundehund | Tibetan Mastiff | Berger Picard
Fila Brasileiro | Tamaskan Dog | Thai Dog
o 2011 !RARE! BotM Recap
o Previous !RARE! BotM Features


| Pet Adoption & Rescue |
Here at stopBSL we proudly support pet adoption and rescue and wish to promote adoption / rescue over purchasing from irresponsible / "backyard" breeders and pet stores. Every year, in the United States alone, roughly ten million animals end up in our nation's shelters, and only a portion of those animals are lucky enough to make it out alive, so next time you decide you want to add a pet to your household, please consider adopting from your local animal shelter or rescue organization!

Because we support and encourage adoption and rescue, here at stopBSL we have our very own Pet Adoption Promotional Artwork folder dedicated to pets that are available for adoption through rescue organizations, animal shelters and city dog pounds in effort to help find homes for those animals.

We also have our very own The Rescue Dogs of StopBSL folder dedicated to those dogs that have been rescued and adopted into loving homes with families that will cherish them forever. If you have a dog that you saved from the city pound, rescued from the local shelter, found on the streets or adopted from a rescue organization, make sure you add your dog's photograph and story there!


We are also very proud supporters of responsible, ethical breeding of healthy and temperamentally sound purebred dogs, thus we have a folder called The Champions of StopBSL, which is dedicated to showcasing all the fine purebreds that belong to members of this group! Please see our article "What to Know About Reputable Breeding" to learn a little about responsible breeding!

Our Official Sister Group


TheArtofPurebreds is a group solely for the love of purebred dogs, as purebred dogs are a form of art! We are the official sister group of stopBSL! Because we are closely related, as are our moralities and submission guidelines, so if you love stopBSL, you are bound to love TheArtofPurebreds too!

With this group, we wish to celebrate purebred dogs, to raise awareness on purebreds, to discourage irresponsible breeding and purchasing from irresponsible breeders / "backyard" breeders and pet stores, and to show our support for responsible, ethical breeding!

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Our Feline Sister Group CatCraze is our official feline sister group formed by our Co-Founder t3hsilentone, which shares the same passion as stopBSL which is promoting and encouraging responsible pet ownership and only responsible, ethical breeding, also in support of adoption and rescue and has a mission to educate its members on proper feline care, nutrition and health! If you love felines of all sorts, from the average house cat to the kings prowling on the savannah, then you are bound to love CatCraze, so check them out!

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Other Fabulous Groups We are Proud to Support! stopBSL is thrilled to show our support for other groups that share our very mission, which is to educate members, discourage carelessness and irresponsible pet ownership, while at the same time they also collect and share beautiful works of art with their members. Please considering taking a look at these groups, you will not be disappointed!

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:iconstopbsl:
o stopBSL's official icon / avatar by BozMurphy
o Official StopBSL blog header by Co-Founder / Canine Crusader t3hsilentone
o Various blog banners by Founder / Doggy Defender sassawj





Group logo banner design created by stopBSL's Co-Founder / Canine Crusader t3hsilentone

Info, Rules & Guidelines || stopBSL FAQ || The List of Targeted Breeds
The Complete Member List || !RARE! Breed of the Month Features


Let's Talk Art Theft & Plagiarism!

From stopBSL Administrative Team to Our Members

We would like to make it very clear to our members here at stopBSL that in this group we take art theft and plagiarism very seriously.  Submitting stolen images/writing or work that contains any stolen material will not at all be tolerated here, and while we do try our very best to screen all submissions before accepting them into the gallery, mistakes do happen - so should any members spot artwork or written work within the gallery that is stolen or contains stolen material please contact us immediately, providing proof that the work is indeed stolen, so we can take the appropriate measures.

stopBSL is a place to share work that you have created yourself! If you would not want your own work to be stolen, copied &/or used without your permission/consent, please do not do this to others!

Whether it is an image you found on Google, an elaborate piece of art that you deliberately stole from the original artist or a few paragraphs you copied from another writer/article thinking that no one will notice, it is theft, which is a crime. If you did not create/write it yourself and if you have not obtained permission from the original artist/owner/author, it is not yours to use.

Respect the artist, do not steal their work!

And when using work that you have obtained permission for, please always properly credit the original artist/author and provide a link to the original piece.

Please see DeviantART's FAQ entries below concerning art theft & using work created by others:
FAQ #8: What are violations of the deviantART copyright policy?
FAQ #157: Can I use things created by other people in my submissions?
FAQ #306: Does "Crediting" let me use whatever I want?
FAQ #257: What sort of permission do I need to use someone else's work?

Sincerely,
Your stopBSL Administrative Team
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Affiliates



:groups: | Hello Fellow dA Groups! | :groups:

Here at stopBSL we will happily affiliate with most other groups regardless of theme / topic, so please feel free to send in a request to affiliate with our group!

stopBSL does not automatically accept affiliate requests; our administrators carefully look over each & every individual group that sends us an affiliate request before approving it. Should we decide to decline a group's incoming affiliate request, that group will be notified with an explanation for our decision within the comments section of the correspondence item.

Please understand that we are not necessarily obligated to accept affiliate requests if we feel as though the group in question sends a bad / negative message or if it in any way promotes / encourages what we wish to discourage here at stopBSL, such as pro-BSL groups or anti-dog groups, as well as any dog / animal groups that provide their members with inaccurate or false or misleading information, so we may decline any affiliate request should these circumstances arise; this also most definitely includes the majority of fellow anti breed-specific legislation groups & pit bull support groups, because we see several of these groups sharing false / inaccurate information & spreading /promoting misconceptions about pit bulls, other targeted breeds and breed-specific legislation, which is very irresponsible advocacy, which we do not tolerate here.

And so we kindly ask all to please understand why we just cannot affiliate or associate stopBSL with such groups unless those groups are willing to change their information, and in that case we would be happy to help out with; but if not, then we will simply have to decline the affiliate request.


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Please Be a Responsible Advocate!


ALL Myths are Harmful

by DogHeartsKoala

This educational piece of artwork shines some very needed light on the fact that all myths, no matter the nature, are harmful to the American Pit Bull Terrier & other bully breeds. Remember to always advocate responsibly!

Contact StopBSL's Administrators

If for any reason at all you feel the need to contact the administrative team here at stopBSL due to theft/plagiarism, harassment, anything else that goes against stopsl or DeviantART policy or just to say hello to everyone, please send us a message via note! All reports will remain anonymous, and we will try our best to handle such offenses accordingly with dA staff.



StopBSL Administrative Team


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o More About Us Here

Helpeful Dog-Related Resources!





Breed-Specific Legislation:

o www.StopBSL.com
o What is BSL? An Overview
o Alternatives to BSL
o Dog Breed Legislative Alerts
o About BSL by Pit Bull Rescue Central
o Map of Breed-Specific Legislation
o Pit Bulletin Legal News


Pit Bulls & Bully Breeds:

o What is a Pit Bull?
o The APBT's Basic History
o Dog Aggression & Pit Bulls
o The Truth About Pit Bulls
o Bad Rap: The "Nanny Dog" Myth
o The Nanny Dog Blog
o The "Nanny Dog" Myth Revealed
o Vintage Photos & The "Nanny Dog"
o Pit Bulls & Dog Parks
o Pit Bulls & Dog Aggression
o Dog Aggression in Pit Bulls
o Understanding Dog Tolerance in Dogs
o The APBT's Drive to Fight
o Managing Multi-Dog Households with Pit Bulls
o Truth About Human Aggression & Man Biters
o ATTS & the APBT
o Behind the "Find the Pit Bull" Test
o Besmirching the Image of the Bloodhound
o Pit Bull Rescue Central FAQ


Dog Training:

o Positive Reinforcement Dog Training
o Canine Behavior Myths Busted
o Food Rewards in Dog Training
o 10 Life Threatening Dog Behavior Myths
o "It's All in How They're Raised" Misconception
o Nature vs. Nurture


Cesar Millan & Dominance Theory:

o Dominance & Dog Training
o Debunking the Dominance Theory
o Cesar, Dominance Theory & Modern Training
o Beyond Cesar Millan
o The Damage of "Dog Whispering"
o The Dog Whisperer Controversy
o Dog Whisperer FAQ & Answers
o Cesar's Way vs. Modern Dog Training
o Wolf Pack Theory Used for Domestic Dogs
o JUsing Dominance Theory is Outdated


Dog Breeders & Breeding

o Backyard Breeder vs. Responsible Breeder
o What is a Backyard Breeder?
o Responsible Dog Breeding
o How to Find a Responsible Breeder
o Finding a Responsible Breeder by PBRC
o Responsible vs. Backyard Breeder Chart
o Guidelines for Ethical Breeding Practices
o Becoming a Responsible, Ethical Breeder
o Line Breeding, Inbreeding & More
o Puppy Mills & Backyard Breeds
O Prisoners of Greed - Puppy Mills
o Show Quality vs. Pet Quality
o The Facts of Dog Breeding
o Successful Dog Breeding
o Breeding, Whelping & Rearing Pups
o Dog Breeding Expenses
o Your Dogs Could End Up at a Shelter
o Interested in Breeding Dogs?
o So You Want to Use your Dog as a Stud?
o So You Want to Breed Your Bitch?
o So You Want to Breed Your Dogs?
o Why Responsibly-bred Dogs Cost More
o Things to Think About Before Breeding
o Top 10 Reasons NOT to Breed
o About Dog Registries & Kennel Clubs
o An Open Letter to Prospective Breeders
o Mutts, Purebreds & Designer Dogs
o Poo Mutts & Designer Dogs
o Designer Dogs = Expensive Mutts
o Health Issues in Designer Mutts</b
o Designer Dogs = Just Expensive Mutts
o Mutt or Purebred: Which is Healthier?
o The Truth About "Teacup" Pups


Animal / Canine Genetics:

o Dog Breeding, Genetics & More
o Coat Color Inheritance in Dogs
o Inheritance of Temperament in Dogs
o Soundess, Structure & Breed Type
o FAQs & Myths About Canine Genetics
o The Myth of Hybrid Vigor in Dogs
o Health Issues in Dogs


Canine Nutrition & Diet:

o www.DogFoodAdvisor.com
o www.DogFoodAnalysis.com
o Raw Fed Pets @ Tumblr
o Best Raw Foods for Dogs
o Home Prepared Dog Diets


Spaying & Neutering:

o Spay/Neuter FAQs
o More Spay/Neuter FAQs
o The Benefits of Spay/Neuter
o Spay/Neuter & Other Options
o Top 10 Reasons to Spay/Neuter
o Spay/Neuter Benefits by Petfinder.com
o Spaying/Neutering Linked to Cancer
o Health Issues Linked to Spay/Neuter
o Risks & Benefits to Spay/Neuter
o Adverse Effects of Spay/Neuter
o Spay/Neuter Risks & Benefits
o The Long Term Health Effects of Spay/Neuter


Adoption & Rescue:

o www.Petfinder.com
o www.DogsInDanger.com
o www.AdoptAPet.com
o AKC Breed-Specific Rescue Organizations
o The No Kill Advocacy Center
o The No Kill Nation
o Alley Cat Allies
o The Feral Cat Coalition


Bully Breed Organizations:

o Pit Bull Rescue Central
o Bad Rap Pit Bull / Bully Breed Rescue
o Pit Bull Advocates of the United States
o PinUps for Pit Bulls


Animal Rights Organizations:

o The Truth About PETA
o The Truth About the ASPCA
o The Truth About the HSUS
o The Truth About "Best Friends" Org.


Causes & Justice for Dogs

o Ontario Pit Bull CoOp FaceBook
o Dogs Shot/Killed by Police
o Justice for Cisco
o www.JusticeforGeist.org
o Justice for Ronin
o Justice for Chloe
o Support for Shiner Bock


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EpicSk8r13 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2015  Professional Filmographer
My god, these people are so dumb into thinking pit bulls are evil. FIGHT BSL NOW
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EnkiLilstA8411 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015  Professional Artist
BSL is racist :/
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DarthYan Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014
A large part of the problem is that many of the people with pit bulls are idiots who just want them as a status symbol and don't train them
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Kozmotis Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
One of our dogs is a mix between two "vicious" breeds. She is part Doberman, and part German Shepard. She is the sweetest baby I've ever met. I can't understand anyone discriminating against a dog because of its breed. 
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