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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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A new report by Páraic ó Súilleabháin of NUI Galway is to appear in The Veterinary Journal with not unsurprising findings for owners of dogs on the Breed Specific Legislation (BSL) list.
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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