3 PitBulls, BSL and ‘Breed-ism’
Why Banning is NOT The Answer
All Pit Bulls Are Dangerous, Right? WRONG!
There is also clear evidence of media bias – they will report a dog bite from a mixed breed dog (by wrongly pretending it’s a ‘Pit Bull’!) but won’t report bites from other breeds. ANY dog can bite! There is clear scientific evidence that Pit Bulls don’t bite more often than other breeds.
This is not a Pit Bull!
So What’s Breed Specific Legislation? (BSL)
This is not a Pit Bull! Politicians respond to media – so they have been mislead. They have introduced Breed Specific Legislation (BSL), to eliminate certain breeds – pretending that this will stop dog bites. Not only is this WRONG, it’s actually more dangerous, because the public wrongly believes that dog bites will stop.
Why is Breed Specific Legislation Wrong? It’s wrong because: –
It doesn’t stop dog bites. All breeds bite – It results in completely innocent, happy, well adjusted pets owned by responsible owners being destroyed for NO reason other than the way the pet looks – Inspectors charged with ‘identifying’ Pit Bulls often get it wrong – and another innocent pet is destroyed, with families grieving the loss of a beautiful pet. – BSL has been shown NOT TO WORK in many
This is not a Pit Bull!
Countries around the world. –
BSL leads to ‘breed creep’, encouraging politicians to add more and more dogs to the list, including breeds like Maltese, Australian Cattle Dogs, and German Shepherds! – BSL does NOTHING to stop irresponsible owners being irresponsible, or just changing to another breed! So What Causes Dog Bites?
There are many reasons why a dog might bite –
a child screaming, a teenager banging on the fence every day, protecting a food bowl, even playing ‘too rough’. Science has proven that all breeds bite, and the number of bites is also related to which breeds are popular. BUT the most common reason dogs bite is that they haven’t been trained by their owners, or they are allowed to roam and claim ‘territory’, in other words, IRRESPONSIBLE OWNERS!
Can We Identify A ‘Dangerous Owner’?
Science suggests we can – sort of. A US study found that an owner of a Dangerous Dog was more likely to be male, over 36 years of age, who did not desex his dog, and who kept his dog or guard or yard dogs rather than as a pet. The dog bites are usually to his own children or their friends in a private home. So there are some clear messages about training dogs, desexing dogs and teaching children about handling dogs.
This data also says
If we remove this guy’s breed of choice by killing it, he will just switch to a new breed. Ministers Involved in Animal Cruelty?! If a Politician imposed this kind of legislation on a Red Kelpie, they would be accused of animal cruelty by forcing the killing of innocent dogs.
The public would rise up
In defence of responsible dog ownership, and your right to choose the dog that best suits your family. So how come the Politicians get away with this for these dogs? This is not a Pit Bull! So What DO We Do To Stop Dog Bites? Punish the Deed, NOT the Breed!
In other words,
We punish ONLY those dogs from ANY breed that are dangerous, and leave the innocent dogs owned by responsible owners alone! – All States and Territories have Dangerous Dog legislation – and this should be used as a suitable alternative to killing a whole breed regardless of whether the dogs are safe or not.
Educate kids on how to approach and behave around a dog –
Educate adults on what it means to be a responsible dog owner – Collect accurate statistics so we know who is actually doing what, to whom. – Use a checklist to identify ‘at risk’ dogs of any breed. – Desex your dog! Offering low cost desexing has been found to reduce bites, & euthanasia too. – Punish the Owner, NOT the Breed. Owners should be held legally responsible for allowing their dog to bite a person so badly that the person requires medical attention. – Punish the Breed, NOT the Breed.
Any pet that bites to the extent that a person needs medical attention should be at least declares Dangerous, and at worst humanely euthanased. Tell Your Policitians to Stop Listening to Hysterical Media And Listen To YOU! Write, email, text of visit your elected representatives and tell them that it’s DEED NOT BREED.
You can find their email addresses on the web,
or contact Pets Australia and they will help. YOU CAN HELP SAVE INNOCENT PETS BY GETTING THE PEOPLE YOU ELECT TO CONCENTRATE ON IRRESPONSIBLE OWNERS. WRITE OR CALL TODAY! This is a Pit Bull – that lives innocently with 3 kids and a responsible owner. Should it be destroyed just because of the way it looks?
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Why Breed-specific Legislation Is not the Answer
State & Local Dog Bite Prevention/Breed-Specific Proposals
- Dog Bite Risk and Prevention: The Role of Breed
- Breeds of dogs involved in fatal human attacks in the Unites States between 1979 and 1998 (PDF)
The purposes of this study, printed in the September 15, 2000 issue ofJAVMA, were to summarize breeds associated with reported human dog bite-related fatalities during a 20-year period and assess policy implications. Breed-specific approaches to dog bite prevention were found to be problematic in concept as well as in implementation, while many practical alternatives exist and hold promise for prevention of dog bites.
- A Community Approach to Dog Bite Prevention (PDF)
Dog bites are a serious public health problem that inflicts considerable physical and emotional damage on victims and incurs immeasurable hidden costs to communities. This report, printed in the June 1, 2001 issue ofJAVMA, is intended to help leaders find effective ways to address their communities’ dog bite concerns.
- Summary notes, adapted from “A community approach to dog bite prevention.”
- Dangerous animal legislation, AVMA postion on
The AVMA supports dangerous animal legislation by state, county, or municipal governments provided that legislation does not refer to specific breeds.
Sample letter, breed-specific legislation
Sample letter to advocate against breed-specific legislation.
Sample letter, breed-specific legislation
Another sample letter to advocate against breed-specific legislation.
Breed Specific Prohibited or Restricted
This is a summary of statutory and case law provisions addressing the adoption of breed specific local ordinances.
- Why breed-specific legislation is not the answer, AVMA website article (May 2013)
- “Stop BSL” Web site(www.stopbsl.com)
This anti-BSL website (not affiliated with the AVMA) is devoted to the subject of breed-specific legislation and provides an overview and background information, including tips for writing or talking about the subject.
Courtesy of ….. AVMA