Regarding the proposed pit bull ban in Platteville, I would like to add my two cents as a certified professional dog trainer, educator and licensed registered nurse.
First, there is ample evidence that breed bans are ineffective in preventing dog bite incidents. This can easily be learned with a quick Internet search.
Secondly, organizations tasked with setting industry standards are opposed to breed-specific legislation, including The American Veterinary Medical Association, the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, the American Kennel Club, the American Animal Hospital Association, the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, the American Temperament Society, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The National Animal Control Association, the Humane Society of the United States and the American Bar Association. Additionally, federal law specifically forbids breed bans with regard to service dogs. Why would a city council think it knows better than these experts?
Breed-specific legislation is a slippery slope that does nothing to address the real issues in dog bite injuries and fatalities, and that is irresponsible breeding and dog ownership.
According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, “A dog’s individual history and behavior are much more important than its breed, and since you don’t always know a dog’s history or behavior, it’s not a good idea to make assumptions. Instead, concentrate on prevention: educate yourself, teach children about proper interactions and behaviors with dogs, and learn how to recognize risky and escalating situations with aggressive dogs. These steps — not BSL — will lead to fewer dog bites.”
Lucinda M. Ludwig
Columbia, Mo. (formerly of Dubuque)
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