Breed-Specific Legislation

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Breed-specific Legislation

Breed-specific legislation is the banning or restriction of dogs considered “dangerous” breeds, such as pit bull breeds, in order to stop dog attacks. “Inherently dangerous” implies that all pit bulls are, through genetics or their environment, born with a vicious streak; the science does not support this. Legislation targeting specific breeds does not work because dog attacks result from multiple factors, not just a simple breakdown of breed culpability. Studies conducted by the Centers for Disease Control, the American Veterinary Medical Association, and the National Canine Research Council, as well as independent researchers, all agree that BSL is not productive. Breed-specific legislation is stereotypical, and stereotypes are not considered desirable dimensions of our decision-making processes. To discriminate against a dog based on breed is no less ludicrous than discriminating against a person based on race, creed, gender, or sexual orientation. Statistics prove that pit bulls are no more dangerous than any other dog; the media portrays a warped image of this beautiful breed. The sensationalism is not based on the breed’s inherent temperament, but rather the fears associated with the consequences of some abusive owners.

Breed-specific legislation should be repealed. According to the Centers for Disease Control, this legislation is largely ineffective and a waste of public resources. A community-based approach should be used, including education, enforcement, spaying, and neutering, in order to combat this problem.

Most pit bulls don’t attack people; they just fall under a stereotype that says they’re born mean and vicious, and therefore, should be removed from society. Dobermans, Great D...

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