Breed Specific Legislation are laws that regulate or ban specific breeds of dogs in hopes of decreasing dog attacks. Breed Specific Legislation was originally designed to regulate pit bulls, but now there are a handful of other breeds that have been added to this list. Currently, over 700 cities in the United States have enacted breed specific legislation.
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There is no evidence that breed specific legislation makes communities safer.
Dogs that are allowed to roam and dogs that attack people and other animals are dangerous to society. Unfortunately, Breed Specific Legislation (BSL) will not help us achieve our common goal of community safety. In fact, Breed Specific Legislation has not been effective in reducing dog bites, it’s expensive, time-consuming, and nearly impossible to enforce.
Let’s not debate what the experts have already concluded about BSL. “Our research does not support Breed Specific Legislation.” – Centers for Disease Control (CDC) & American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)
These bite statistics help prove that breed has nothing to do with dog attacks:
- 70% of dog bites involve unneutered male dogs
- Unneutered male dogs are 2.6 times more likely to bite than a neutered dog
- Dogs that are chained or tethered are 2.8 times more likely to bite than a dog who is not
- In 2006, 97% of dogs involved in fatal dog attacks were not spayed/neutered
- 78% of dogs involved in dog attacks were maintained for guarding, image enhancement, fighting or breeding.
- 84% were maintained by reckless owners (The dogs were abused or neglected, not humanely controlled or contained, or allowed to interact with children unsupervised)
By treating all dogs as individuals and empowering pet owners to be responsible, we can create communities that are safe. Dr. Anna Coffin believes that communities should create and enforce non-discriminatory Responsible Pet Ownership laws.
“Pit bull” dog owner are no different than other dog owners; the overwhelming majority love and care for their pets in a responsible manner. In an effort to challenge the negative stereotypes about “pit bull” dog owners, Animal Farm Foundation created The Majority Project, a photo collection illustrating how countless “pit bull” dog owner make valuable contributions to their communities and families every day.
Dr. Anna Coffin is the proud owner of Floyd, a “pit bull” mix, and she supports “pit bull” dog owners across the world by joining The Majority Project. If you’re a “pit bull” dog owner, you can join The Majority Project.
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For more information about responsible pet ownership: Benefits of spaying and neutering