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"Dog advocates and experts globally have argued that dogs are individuals and aggression cannot be pinned on specific breeds as a whole. Many share the thought that banning an entire breed is nothing but a costly band-aid fix to quiet the hype caused by the media. Until owners are held responsible for their negligence, incidents will continue to occur even if specific species are eradicated."


- Breed Specific Legislation Failing Globally




For more info: Visit the National Canine Research Council

Breed Bans & BSL

A list of links regarding Breed specific legislation (BSL) and research of the impact of such bans:


Why Breed-Specific Legislation Doesn’t Work


American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior - Position statement on Breed Specific Legislation


Breed Discrimination Legislataion: Separating the numbers from the noise


Biters likely to be 'resident dogs'


Why breed specific legislation does not protect public from dangerous dogs


Good Dogs, Bad Raps - Breed Bans


Don't Believe the 'Type'! - What is Breed Specific Legislation (BSL)?


Why breed-specific legislation is not the answer


Talking Breed Ban In Chicago, Again....STOP! BSL Doesn't Work


Cities, states rethinking laws banning pit bulls, other breeds


Breed specific legislation failing globally


The Truth About Pit Bulls


Breed Specific Legislation


Breed-Specific Legislation



"We don’t support breed-specific legislation — research shows that bans on certain types of dogs are largely ineffective and often a waste of public resources.In 2000, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention looked at twenty years of data about dog bites and human fatalities in the United States. They found that fatal attacks represent a very small proportion of dog bite injuries to people and that it’s virtually impossible to calculate bite rates for specific breeds."  


- Obama Administration

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