BSL does not work. Since the latest legislation was introduced by the Irish government in 1998, hospitalisations due to dog bites have increased by 50%.
The report finds that of the 11 breeds on the BSL list, none are any more aggressive than any other breed of dog, and this mis-information has led the general public to believe that all the other breeds, not on the list, are incapable of inflicting injury.
The government’s mistaken focus on dog breeds rather than dog owners and educating young people, the report suggests has resulted in 50% more injuries in a five year period.
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