Breed-specific legislation is a law that many cities around the world have been introducing that states the city is allowed to remove a dog that they consider dangerous even when there has been ZERO evidence to prove that the animal is, in fact, a danger to those living in that city. Each city that has such a law has their own idea of what "dangerous" is. For some its specific breeds such as pit bulls, bull terriers, German Shepherd Dogs, etc. In some cities, all it takes is for the officials to think your dog looks like a breed they consider dangerous even if the said animal has absolutely zero DNA of these so-called "dangerous breeds". Breed-specific legislation (BSL) targets specific breeds of dogs such as the pit bull and declare ownership of these dogs illegaleven when the dogs have never attacked anyone. Here are top 3 reasons why Breed-specific legislation is wrong
1. Breed-specific legislation doesn’t reduce dog bites
According to the Centre for Disease Control (CDC), breed-specific legislation does not mean cases of dog bites will reduce. In fact, the organization strongly opposes this legislation. If a dog does attack and bite a human, with the strict laws on ground, the owner is less likely to report the incident for fear of his dog being put down. Apart from that, even breeds that are considered completely harmless can still bite depending on circumstances. Dogs are dogs and they all have a defensive instinct, so whether it’s a pit bull or a Chihuahua, they can still bite. Restricting the laws to some kinds of dogs is just unfair.
2. It is based on Myths
Oftentimes, BDL is often enacted without any proof, and mostly as an emotional reaction to one or two incidences. There are not enough data to support the claim that one particular set is more dangerous and better off outside the community than others. There is a lot of misinformation about the percentage of pit bull dogs and the numbers of attacks caused by pit bulls. There is breed misidentification which makes gathering data about them almost impossible. Other myth includes the one that pit bulls bite differently than other dogs and they have locking jaws. The jaw anatomy of a pit bull is the same as any other dogs of the same size and no dog can actually lock its jaws- pit bull or not. All dogs have the same bite pattern and experts cannot differentiate between the bite of a pit bull and that of another breed, only the size of the dog.
3. Discriminatory against dogs and their owners
Generalizing the behaviors' of dogs because they that look a certain way is greatly discriminatory. Dog owners will be afraid to take their dogs on walks or even for a doctor’s appointment because they fear it will be identified and reported. This may have negative effects on both the dog and its owner. Owners may even be forced to euthanize their dog even when the dogs have never harmed anyone.