Leading Resources on Breed Specific Legislation
Position Statement on Breed Specific Legislation, American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior www.AVSABonline.org
Dog Bites : Problems and Solutions (Revised July 2014) by the Animals & Society Institute
Fatal dog attacks in Canada, 1990-2007 by Malathi Raghaven
The Canadian Veterinary Journal 2008 June; 49(6):577-581
Reducing the Incidence of Dog Bites and Attacks: Do Breed Bans Work?
This document reflects expertise from the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies, the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association, the Canadian Kennel Club and the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council of Canada. They are members of the National Companion Animal Coalition (NCAC), which was created in 1996 to promote responsible pet ownership and enhance the health and well being of companion animals.
Is Breed Specific Legislation the answer to preventing dog attacks – March 2004
Purpose of the Report: The purpose of the report is to determine whether breed specific bans are an effective means of preventing dog attacks. This report examined statistics and 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 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.
More Resources on Breed Specific Legislation
The Problem of Dog-Related Incidents and Encounters (US Department of Justice, August 2011)
I’m just a dog A look at the reality of BSL
This downloadable 345 page information package is highly recommended as a tool to provide to your local MPP – developed by Ontario anti-BSL advocates (2012)
BILL 132 – Public Hearing Summary
This is a concise summary of the public hearings as to who was for and who was against the ban.
Why breed specific legislation does not protect public from dangerous dogs
Research conducted by animal behaviour experts challenges the basis of breed specific legislation designed to protect the public from ‘dangerous’ dogs.
Dog breed genetic tests put to the test by Edie Lau
July 10, 2012 The VIN News Service
The Legal Senselessness of Doggie Racism, Public Law Advocacy, September 9, 2014
Safety & Awareness around your dog – Educational Project for school age children (2014)
School Presentation Awareness for children covering some points in how to teach children to be safe around dogs, while helping them to empathize and understand how a dog is feeling. Recommended for children aged 4 to 14 years of age.
Fiscal Bite & Breed Discrimination
Utilizing Scientific Advances & Economic Tools in Lobbying By Ledy VanKavage and John Dunham
- Breed-Discriminatory Law and the Science of Genetics
- Temperament Testing
- Fiscal Bite: The High Cost of Breed Discrimination
- Effective Legislative Alternatives to Panic Policymaking
- Canine Profiling in Operation: No Record of Success
- A Problem-Oriented Policing Approach
World Vet Association Policy on Dangerous Dogs
Chapter 16 – (T-3.7) page 1 Animal Health and Animal Welfare (01.12.02)
T-3.7 Policy on Dangerous Dogs Policy
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 behavior of dogs.