Luntz Global conducted a survey to see what Americans have to say about breed discrimination laws and breed bans. Well, it turns out that 84% of those polled believe that the government should not be able to dictate what breed of dog a person can have.
State and local governments continue to attempt breed bans, but at the same time, many are repelling breed bans. There are already 17 states that prohibit cities and counties from passing breed discriminatory laws, and there are several states that are trying to pass similar laws.
“Every American who follows the right safety rules as a responsible dog owner should be allowed to own whatever breed of dog they choose,” said Ledy VanKavage, Senior Legislative Attorney for Best Friends Animal Society. “Communities should be protected against any dangerous dog, no matter the breed, and abused or neglected dogs should be protected from abusive owners. Owners and dogs should be judged on their behavior.”
There are many studies from different countries to include the United Kingdom, Spain and Italy that show the breed is not a factor in bites.
The National Animal Control Association, the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Center for Disease Control, the White House, the Department of Justice and most professional animal welfare organizations have all spoken out against breed discriminatory laws and have supported breed-neutral dangerous dog laws.
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