Another town says NO to BSL: Congratulations to Union Grove, WI for saying NO to discrimination, stereotypes, myths, and misinformation by shooting down a proposed BSL ordinance (that was promoted there by a non-resident activist). As we all know, BSL is not only ineffective, but also discriminatory and inhumane. If you ever come across conversations on social media about BSL (falsely claiming that it's effective or even sensible), just post a link to our website that has facts on the issue, and let's continue to combat the bias and misinformation together!
The Village Board - and, it seems, many village residents - are whole-heartedly against any form of dog breed banning
Are we going to try to make ordinances to prevent everything that could possibly happen? There was no interest in it (BSL) whatsoever
A brief summary of some of the important conclusions from long-term scientific peer-reviewed studies related to dog bite-related fatalities, bite-related incidents, breed specific risk, and breed specific legislation (BSL):
Many veterans love pitbull-type dogs, meet a former paratrooper who is now a pitbull advocate and in this video clip, he rescues a dog that had spent its entire life on a rusty chain. Watch how it warms up to positive human interaction even after years of neglect and abuse.. a validation of the outstanding temperament that these dogs have. Hopefully this will be a new beginning for this beautiful dog thanks to a wonderful human hero.
Great news in Colorado: the Colorado Association of Animal Control Officers (CAACO) has released a position statement against Breed Specific Legislation (BSL) with several key points including:
Thank you to the Colorado Association of Animal Control Officers for posting their position statement on BSL, for supporting the responsible ownership of all dogs regardless of breed, and for being an advocate of effective breed-neutral legislation to enhance public safety.
Did you know that a dog's physical appearance is determined by less than 1% of its genes? The average dog has over 20,000 genes and its physical appearance is determined by only around 50 of its genes. This is one of the many reasons why appearance-based bans such as Breed Specific Legislation (BSL) are ineffective.. because appearance is only taking into account 1% of a dog's overall traits and characteristics.. it's literally like judging a book by its cover.
All dogs are individuals and their physical appearance is one of the least significant, and also one of the least relevant, factors that could influence a dog's probability of being "dangerous". Not only do appearance-based bans like BSL fail because they are not based on science (there are zero peer-reviewed, scientific studies that conclude that any one breed is "inherently more dangerous" than any other breed), they also fail because they only take into account 1% of a dog's overall characteristics when attempting (but failing) to regulate "dangerous" dogs.
The fact is that the only logical and effective means of regulating dangerous dogs is with comprehensive Breed Neutral Legislation (BNL) that takes into account factors such as dog's negative behavior or an owner's irresponsible ownership as primary factors for regulation. Learn why Breed Neutral Legislation (BNL) is the more effective and widely preferred standard on the Breed Legislation Page.
Thanks to the Animal Farm Foundation for their research and for this infographic about canine genetics and behavior: http://www.animalfarmfoundation.org/pages/Multimedia-Infographics.
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