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Experts have proven that Breed Specific Legislation does not make communities safer for people or pets. It is costly, ineffective, and undermines the human-canine bond. Regulating breeds puts the focus on the dog, without addressing owner behavior and the owner’s responsibility to the animal and the community. In an environment of breed discrimination, the breed identification of a dog can have serious consequences with municipal authorities, animal shelters, landlords, and insurers, all of which will compromise the bond between a family and their dog. There is no evidence to support breed specific legislation.
|Breed Specific Legislation Research E-Book
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|BSL Talking Points E-Book
A collection of well researched talking points and other resources to help you fight against breed specific legislation in your community.
|Our Research Does Not Support Breed Specific Legislation
Statement from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) & American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)
Why debate what the experts have already concluded? There is no scientifically valid evidence and no reasonable argument to support breed specific legislation.
|Organizations That Do Not Endorse Breed Specific Legislation
A list of organizations that do not endorse BSL. This list is not intended to be comprehensive.
|Dog Breed Specific Legislation:
The cost to people, pets and veterinarians, and the damage to the human-animal bond by Jane Berkey
In an environment of breed discrimination, the breed identification of a dog can have serious consequences with municipal authorities, animal shelters, landlords, and insurers, all of which will compromise the bond between a family and their dog.
|Why Breed Specific Legislation Does Not Reduce Dog Bites
Report from NCRC
An insightful report of the analysis published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, which explains why BSL has consistently failed to reduce dog bites. The authors, Gary J . Patronek, VMD, PhD , and Amy Marder VMD, CAAB , of the Center for Shelter Dogs, Animal Rescue League of Boston; and Margaret Slater, DVM, PhD, of the ASPCA, have applied one of the most valuable and well - recognized tools of evidence-based medicine to this question.
|A Comparison of Visual and DNA Identification of Breeds of Dogs
by Victoria Voith PhD, DVM, DACVB
"The discrepancy between breed identifications based on opinion and DNA analysis, as well as concerns about reliability of data collected based on media reports, draws into question the validity and enforcement of public and private policies pertaining to dog breeds."
|Breed Specific or Looks Specific
by Kristopher Irizarry, PhD Assistant Professor, Bioinformatics, Genetics, Genomics, Western University
“I am beginning to believe that breed specific legislation targets nothing more than a small subset of morphological characteristics of dogs and does not address behavior at all."
from Best Friends Animal Society
“There’s so much behavioral variability within each breed, even more between breed mixes, that we cannot reliably predict a dog’s behavior or his suitability for a particular adopter based on breed.”
|Aggression and Dogs:
"No significant difference found between breeds."
by Esther Schalke PhD, DVM
In July 2000, the government of Lower Saxony, Germany declared 14 breeds of dog were especially dangerous. This study tested 415 dogs of the targeted breeds on aggressive behavior and led to the repeal of BSL in Lower Saxony.
|Case Study: Miami-Dade County
Two decades of BSL has produced no positive results from NCRC
"Miami-Dade's breed ban has not made Miami-Dade any safer than the rest of the state."
|Case Study: Denver
Denver's Breed-Specific Legislation: Brutal, Costly & Ineffective from NCRC
"There is no evidence that cities or counties that have enacted breed bans or restrictions have had a greater reduction in the number of reported bites."
|The Cruel Cost of BSL
Forced to choose between a life in hiding or certain death, dog owners are given no humane options for their pets. Reprinted with permission by stubbydog.org.
|The Role of Breed in Dog Bite and Risk Prevention
from the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association
Analysis show that serious bites occur due to a range of factors in which a dog's size and temperament are known to be the risk factors. Breed is not a basis for dog bite prevention, but rather, dangerous and/or vicious animals should be labeled as such as a result of their actions or behavior and not because of their breed.
|Fear v Fact
Learn the facts about popular fears surrounding Pit Bull Dogs in this printable handout.