Breed-specific law doesn’t make community safer.
There are downsides to any law that discriminates against any breed of dog, instead of addressing the real causes to dog aggression.
When breed specific laws (BSL) are created to discriminate against “pit bulls,” even friendly, temperamentally stable dogs are victims of BSL.
Temperament tests by the American Temperament Test Society in 2007 scored the American Pit Bull Terrier better than even Golden Retrievers and Miniature Poodles, further showing that “pit bulls” are not inherently vicious.
It is a myth that the “pit bull” has a locking jaw or super power jaw strength.
When tested, German Shepherds and Rottweilers tested to have more powerful jaws.
By targeting the breed alone, these laws ignore that all breeds of dogs are capable of displaying aggression, biting, and becoming dangerous in irresponsible hands.
BSL does not decrease the amount of dog bites in any city that it’s been enacted.
If local officials would like to protect the community, they must address the true problem.
Seventy percent of dog bites, attacks, and fatalities involve unsupervised children with their own family dogs inside the home.
Addressing this as a breed issue will never solve the problem of canine aggression.
The American Veterinary Medical Association states, “Public education is critical to the success of any dog bite prevention program.”
The simplest, most effective way to decrease the rate of dog bites to children is to educate children to behave respectfully around dogs and to educate dog owners on responsible dog ownership, which includes spaying and neutering, obeying leash laws, and socializing their dogs as puppies, and training their dogs.