In Ireland, since its introduction in the late 90s, Breed Specific Legislation (BSL) hasn’t worked.
It’s focus on the breed rather than the deed has failed to encourage responsible dog ownership across the board.
Páraic Ó Súilleabháin, a psychologist at NUI Galway, has shown that the number of people hospitalised for dog bites rose 50 per cent between 1998 and 2013, following the introduction of breed-specific legislation.
“Targeting dogs by breed doesn’t identify potentially dangerous dogs. Research has found no difference in aggression or factors leading to biting between regulated and nonregulated breeds.”
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