Dangerous Dog Legislation should be breed neutral
Paws for Hope Animal Foundation supports the positions followed by the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA), American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA), American Veterinary Society of Animal Behaviour (AVSAB), Canadian Federation of Humane Societies (CFHS), American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), and the British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (BC SPCA), that dangerous dog legislation must be breed neutral.
Targeting specific breeds as a method to control dangerous dogs, discriminates against innocent members of that specific breed, and is not supported by scientific evidence that shows no one breed is inherently more dangerous than another. Breed specific legislation does not improve public safety because the factors that attribute to aggressive dog behaviour are not taken into consideration. The labelling of dangerous and banning of one specific breed can create a false sense of safety and removes the responsibility that should be required of pet owners to properly socialize, train and care for dogs of all breeds.
The most effective way to reduce dog aggression incidences is through proactive legislation that focuses on education, common sense rules, and targeting factors that contribute to animal aggression. The City of Calgary is renowned for its progressive policies based on the following principles that have reduced incidences of animal aggression significantly.
• License and ID your pet
• Spay and neuter
• Provide socialization, training, and medical care
• Don’t allow your pet to become a threat or nuisance