BSL News: New Study Shows Again that BSL Doesn’t Work

The National Canine Research Council has published a report that once again disputes the effectiveness of Breed Specific Legislation in reducing the number of the dog bite incidents.  The study, done in Spain and conducted by The Journal of Veterinary Behavior, states unequivocally that larger breed dogs have no more incidents of aggressive behavior then any other dog.  In fact, larger breed dogs are least likely to behave fearfully and also the least likely to show aggressive behavior towards humans such as barking, lunging or snapping etc.  Read Full Story Here.

It’s what those of us who advocate against BSL and in support of large breed dogs already know.  You are more likely to get bit by a frightened poodle or chihuahua then you are by a calm and balanced pit bull or doberman. 


Kuma-bsl-does-not-workIn Jasper, Alabama, the city’s Mayor Posey and councillors are still debating a vicious dog ordinance that would include a ban on pit bulls.  I sent an email this morning to Mayor Posey which included a link to the NCRC’s report.  You too can send an email, make a phone call or send regular mail to the Mayor by clicking here. Contact information is detailed and complete. Keep it brief and polite.  But let the mayor know that his hesitation to pursue BSL is valid.

One Reply to “BSL News: New Study Shows Again that BSL Doesn’t Work”

  1. It’s very disheartening to me when I see this issue traeted as though it is black and white. It absolutely is not.GOOD breeders are NOT the problem here. GOOD breeders almost invariably work WITH rescues and are part of the solution. The dogs produced by GOOD breeders almost never end up in shelters because they screen homes extensively and don’t sell to people who are not cut out for their breed (or a dog at all). GOOD breeders will take any dog they have produced back at any time for any reason (and often have a contact requiring this), and should one of their puppies be surrendered, they are regularly found and pulled by the breed club or rescue, and often still end up returned to their breeder due to a tight network that forms between breeders of many breeds. The breeds we have today are the result of hundreds of years of hard work and the people who continue that hard work do not deserve to be vilified as a result of misinformation. It would be an absolute tragedy to lose the wonderful breeds we have worked so long to preserve and protect. I absolutely agree that shelters are a wonderful option (I have two rescue dogs myself whom I love them dearly) and that we MUST educate buyers and help them to understand how to identify a good breeder and avoid the bad ones (such as pet store puppies), but putting all breeders in the same basket is unfair, inaccurate, and terribly unfortunate.

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