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- Breed Specific Legislation Also Doesn't Work in Canada
If you're interested in breed specific legislation, there are a couple of things you probably know. First of all, it's usually a lot more about politics and PR than sound policy. Second, there's a mounting body of evidence that breed specific legislation doesn't solve a single problem.
Now, we've got more proof against breed specific legislation coming out of Canada. Back in 2005, Ontario passed a pit bull ban, which has resulted in the euthanasia of "countless" pit bulls and similar breeds, according to the Toronto Humane Society. And what good has it done? Apparently, none whatsoever.
- Breed-Specific Banning? Not A Chance
"They are just dogs. I repeat: They are just dogs." This description of pit bulls was repeated by Donald Cleary of the National Canine Research Council during a panel discussion held March 8 at Drexel Law School titled, "The Importance of Creating Safe & Humane Communities for All People & Animals." But judging by PW 's March 9 editorial, "Banishing Acts: It's a Pitty; Maybe it's time for Philly to consider outlawing pit bulls," this message still needs repeating.
- Pit Bulls vs Non Pit Bulls
The graph below demonstrates the percent of cases involving pit bulls versus non pit bull dogs. Considering the fact that pit bulls are only one breed out of all possible dog breeds, it is significant that their relative percentage is so high.
- It's the deed not the breed says MPP who tabled bill to repeal pit bull ban
The Dog Owners Liability Act banned pit bull terriers, Staffordshire bull terriers, American Staffordshire terriers, American pit bull terriers and any dog "that has an appearance and physical characteristics that are substantially similar" to those listed. Existing dogs were grandfathered into the act, but there were stipulations - muzzled and leashed in all public places, and they must be spayed or neutered.
- Canadian city changes tack to cut dog deaths
Two different approaches to dog wardening have reaped very different results for their respective communities.
The older method, exemplified by roving and aggressive dog catchers, breed-specific targeting, and frequent euthanasia, was perfected by former Lucas County Dog Warden Tom Skeldon. The outcome: 1,951 impounded dogs killed last year in a county of about 440,000 people and 357 "investigated" bites or attacks.
- Where it all began, Kitchener-Waterloo pit bull committee meeting minutes 1997
I saw a discussion about pit bull myths on Facebook and it reminded me of some documents I have from government meetings regarding the city of Kitchener, Ontario.
In November 1996, Mr. Gary Leadston, an MPP and member of the ruling Progressive Conservative Party, introduced a bill PR71, the Cities of Kitchener and Waterloo Act.
The sole purpose of this Act, if passed, was to allow the cities of Kitchener and Waterloo to regulate and prohibit the keeping of certain breeds of dogs. Up to this point, no municipality in Ontario was allowed to regulate dogs by breed.
- Dog Bites Worldwide - National Canine Research Council
Winnipeg passed a breed ban against "pit bulls" in June 1990. While the number of reported dog bites in a city can fluctuate from year to year - it is clear that Winnipeg's breed ban has had no appreciable effect in reducing the number of reported dog bites, especially when compared to other areas without breed bans.
- National Canine Research Council - Do Pit Bulls Inflict Injuries Unlike Other Breeds
Graphic depiction of fatal injuries that dogs have inflicted on their few unfortunate victims is a topic that NCRC has been hesitant to address. Fatal dog attacks are vanishingly rare occurrences; a person is five times more likely to be struck and killed by lightning than to be killed by a dog.
- National Canine Research Council - Analysis of Fatal Attacks in the United States 2007, 2008
Dog bite fatalities were lower in 2008 than in 2007. Over the decades, the annual number of dog bite fatalities remains within a stable numerical range. These incidents, which are extremely rare, are, to a significant statistical degree, a product of dog owner neglect and/or abuse
- The National Canine Research Council Report 2007
FATAL DOG ATTACKS, THE TRUTH BEHIND THE TRAGEDY: IT'S THE OWNER, NOT THE DOG. Extensive research and investigation using 40 years of data has conclusively identified the ownership/management practices that can cause a dog to behave dangerousl
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