Is there bias in Breed Specific Laws and are they effective? That really depends on who you ask. As such, this is part of the problem. Opinions do not belong in the law-making process. However, when it comes to Breed-Specific Law’s this is the apparent foundation.
Breed Specific Laws do not correlate with the facts.
It is clear that Pit Bulls are the overwhelming targets of these laws. There are 900 cities within 42 states that have enacted breed specific legislation. Appellate courts in fourteen of these states, have upheld the constitutionality of breed-specific pit bull laws. This includes the District of Columbia.
Is the bias in Breed Specific Laws towards Pit Bulls fair? The data suggests, no. Whether this bias is a myth or real, does this type of legislation make communities safer? The ASPCA took a stance with this statement. “There is no evidence that breed specific laws make communities safer for people or companion animals.” The statement was made after reviewing the data from a study of human fatalities resulting from dog bites. Consequently, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) would not support the laws upon reviewing the data.
Breed Specific Laws are not effective and in the end, they only compromise a community’s safety.
Who does Breed Specific Laws actually affect?
As you know, these laws are a blanket term for laws that either regulate or ban certain dog breeds. The problem with that is they are generally only targeting Pit Bulls. This does not help a community and in fact, the data indicates otherwise.
ASPCA, states that there are several adverse effects of Breed Specific Legislation. Let’s start with identification. More specifically, the dogs that are being called “Pit Bulls.” To those who support these laws,”Pit bull” is an ever-expanding group of look alike dogs. This includes whatever an animal control officer, shelter worker, dog trainer, politician, dog owner, police officer or newspaper says it is.
With no real set guidelines to determine which dogs this law covers, we are putting an unnecessary strain on Animal control, law enforcement, and dog owners. The agencies responsible for the enforcement and public safety of our communities are too busy targeting a law without proper guidelines. This can also hurts owners, because at times, they are forced to give up their pets. This can also lead owners to avoid getting the necessary veterinary care for fear of their dog being taken or worse. What most don’t understand is these are not just pets, they are family.
These Laws are Putting Dogs and People at risk.
Not getting the proper care for your dog could lead to the spread of rabies or other health risks. These laws can also lead to owners not allowing their dogs the proper exercise for fear of their dog being seen. This in turn hurts the dog as well. Is Breed Specific Legislation effective? No, because they create more problems for everyone involved. With Breed-Specific Laws in effect, dogs suffer, owners suffer, and public safety suffers.
Is there bias in Breed Specific Laws or are they effective? Yes, there is clear bias and no they are not effective. These laws in their present form is clearly not the solution.