May 15th, 2015
Calgary, AB — Immediate Release
There has been intense conversation surrounding Breed-Specific-Legislation (BSL) following the five recent dog attacks in the city of Calgary over the past week which has included talk of the most drastic form of BSL – the complete ban of specific breeds.
However BSL also includes any laws or regulations which imposes specific requirements or limitations based upon breed, age, gender or size of a particular species. This would include such actions as mandatory spay-neuter, unique licensing or insurance requirements, mandatory equipment and markers such as muzzles, special leashes, or color coded vests/collars, mandatory tattoo or microchipping, breed-specific pet limits, restriction to public areas etc.
Calgary Humane Society does not support any form of BSL and opposes labeling any specific breed as inherently aggressive, vicious or dangerous. The Society takes the position that each dog must be regarded as an individual and assessed on its specific behaviours. CHS maintains that rather than BSL, the required deterrents to dog aggression are responsible breeding, responsible homing, responsible and humane training, and responsible pet ownership.
Research indicates the breed of dog is not an important indicator of whether a dog might be involved in an aggressive incident, nor of whether the animal will pose a danger to the community.
For more information see http://nationalcanineresearchcouncil.com/dog-legislation/breed-specific-legislation-bsl-faq