Another Study Concludes That BSL Is Ineffective
The overwhelming majority of peer-reviewed studies on the effectiveness of dog bans, also known as breed-specific legislation or BSL, have concluded that the bans are entirely ineffective and do not improve public safety. The latest comprehensive study on the effectiveness of BSL was conducted to determine the public safety impact of BSL in the city of Odense, Denmark (the third largest city in Denmark) which enacted BSL in 2010 that banned 13 different breeds including: American Pitbull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, Tosa Inu, Fila Brasiliero, Dogo Argentino, American Bulldog, Boerboel, Kangal, and several other breeds. After analyzing an extensive dataset of serious dog bite-related injures from hospital emergency room records, the study concluded that BSL had "no effect" on serious dog bite-related injuries and that it agrees with "previous studies that have also shown a lack of evidence for breed-specific legislation". Furthermore, the study recommends that "future legislation should be prioritized on non-breed-specific legislation in order to reduce the number and risk of dog bites". The scientific consensus on the topic of breed-specific risk is clear - multiple peer-reviewed studies have concluded that a dog's breed does not determine risk and that breed-specific legislation (BSL) is ineffective. In fact, our Scientific Studies page lists 15 studies that support the scientific consensus on the topic of breed-specific risk and the effectiveness of BSL.