Panic Policy Making: Canine Breed Bans in Canada and the United States.
Panic Policy Making Defined; A detailed Study on the speedy creation of new laws and regulations or new duties for governmental and private institutions in a situation of sudden, unreasoning, and excessive fear due to the influences of Media coverage relating to BSL. Pages 11 to 20 is a must read for Ontarians, as it addresses how the Queens Park Liberals reacted from fear and not facts on the issue of Breed Specific Legislation.
Excerpt “In late August 2004 the Ontario Liberal Party‟s Attorney General, Michael Bryant, decided to legislate a ban on the ownership of pit bulls. Critics of the Liberals–the majority party in the Legislative Assembly or “the government”–have suggested that the ban was a tactic manufactured by the Liberals to deflect criticism of the growth of crime and gang activity, especially in Toronto (confidential Interviews).
Policy on Dangerous Dogs.
The World Veterinary Association recommends education of the community in responsible dog ownership as the most effective means of minimizing problems associated with unwanted aggressive behaviour of dogs, stray dogs and communicable diseases
Bill 123 – Public Hearing Summary.
This is a concise summary of the public hearings as to who was for and who was against the ban.
A Community Approach to Dog Bites:
A resourceful and educational approach to dog bite prevention within communities.
Fiscal Bite & Breed Discrimination:
Utilizing Scientific Advances & Economic Tools in Lobbying
By Ledy VanKavage and John Dunham
Fatal Dog Attacks – Canada -
A report by the NCRC of fatal dog attacks from 1964 to 2010, providing the date, breed, victim, circumstances and location.
Is BSL the answer to preventing dog attacks?
The purpose of the report is to determine whether breed specific bans are an effective means of preventing dog attacks. This report examined statistics an reviewed expert opinion on the causes of canine aggression and bite prevention,and finally, considered the options a community has for implementing dangerous dog laws.
Conclusions Breed-specific legislation (BSL) is based on the premise that certain breeds are inherently dangerous and that public safety can be accomplished by banning or restricting only those dogs. Unfortunately, this does not deal with the underlying problem – irresponsible ownership. Non-breed specific dangerous dog laws are based on the premise that any dog can bite and that a dog of any breed can be treated in a way that would encourage aggression. Non-breed specific legislation focuses on the quality of ownership, placing the responsibility for the dog’s actions squarely on the owner of the dog.
NCRC Fear VS. Facts -Pit Bulls
A summary of the most common fears concerning “pit bull” type dogs and the facts that dispel these common myths.
Checklist for Dangerous Dogs
“Reprinted by permission from StubbyDog.Org”
Before assuming a dog is dangerous due solely to looks, this check list determines what to really look for if public safely is to be truly addressed.
IS THERE A DIFFERENCE?
Comparison of Golden Retriever and dogs affected by Breed-Specific-Legislation regarding aggressive behavior.
Study from the Institute for Animal Welfare and Behavior, University Veterinary Medicine, Hanover, Germany
Conclusion: In this research project, no significant differences in the occurrence of aggressive behavior in inappropriate situations were found when comparing golden retrievers and 6 dog breeds affected by legislation.
The study reports that more emphasis has to be put on educating breeders and owner as well as on preventing than on solving behavior problems.
There is no such breed as a “pit bull” but many of these dogs are at risk under the current law in Ontario.
Can you guess the mix of breeds in these dogs?
School Presentation for Children aged 4 to 14
This recommended presentation teaches children how to interact with dogs safely while also teaching them how to emphasize with all animals.
National Canine Research Council
The Problem of Dog-Related Incidents and Encounters discusses tools, practices, and procedures that contribute to effective responses to dog-related incidents and encounters where dogs are present. Primary goals include ensuring public and officer safety and considering community needs and demands.
By Cynthia Bathurst, Ph. D.
Ledy VanKavage Esq
Patricia Rushing Ed D
Mid Atlantic Animal Law
By Ledy VanKavage & John Dunham
Animals and Society Institute
By Janis Bradley
American Bar Association (ABA) urges repeal of all breed-specific laws