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Pet Professional Guild releases position statement on Breed Specific Legislation.
Reflects alarm at number of dogs being seized or banned based purely because of how they look with no regard for individual behavior, living environment, or owner suitability
Tampa, FL – August 2, 2016 – Pet Professional Guild (PPG) has released a new position statement on Breed Specific Legislation (BSL) in view of the many ongoing cases of dogs being seized or banned solely because of their breed or appearance, both in the US and further afield. The statement outlines PPG’s view that BSL paints an unjust picture of certain breeds of dogs while punishing responsible dog guardians unnecessarily, and notes that it has been found to be costly and ineffective in its aims to reduce the number of dog bites and improve public safety in any given community.
Scientists, canine behavior and training professionals, animal welfare associations and veterinary behavior bodies worldwide have all contributed to the debate, and much literature is available detailing the reasons why BSL is ineffective in dog bite prevention and does not improve the safety of the public at large. In its position statement, PPG announces its opposition of any law or regulation that discriminates against dogs purely because of their breed or appearance, stating that a neutral approach should be taken to evaluate dogs on an individual basis, focusing on behavior and environment rather than appearance. PPG also states that “[s]ingling out specific breeds as dangerous provides the public with an unfair perception of those dogs while potentially creating a false sense of safety as far as other dogs are concerned.” In fact, studies have shown that a lack of appropriate care, supervision and mistreatment of a dog are key components in many dog bite occurrences, regardless of breed. PPG holds that, in place of BSL, a combination of educating the public, dog owners, shelters, and rescue organizations; early and positive socialization; force-free, science based training; and ensuring that dogs are paired within appropriate households is needed in order to reduce the number of dog inflicted bites.
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