Breed-specific legislation

Among my highest priorities for good local government is evidence-based process and policy.  As a father of a toddler, there is nothing more important to me than keeping our families safe.  If there was evidence to support the idea that simply banning certain breeds of dogs promotes safety, I would be inclined to support that policy.  However, the evidence shows that breed specific bans do not promote public safety.  Instead, they contribute to the needless suffering of dogs who need good homes while criminalizing responsible pet owners.  Therefore, I believe that Prairie Village should repeal it's breed-specific dog ban. 

I agree with the position of the ASPCA and the CDC on this issue:

"There is no evidence that breed-specific laws make communities safer for people or companion animals. Following a thorough study of human fatalities resulting from dog bites, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) decided to strongly oppose BSL [breed specific legislation]."

I would support evidence-based efforts to improve regulation of dog owners and individual dogs (irrespective of breed) to ensure that dangerous dogs are not kept in Prairie Village, and that neglectful, abusive, or unsafe behaviors of owners are not tolerated.  But targeting dogs and their owners based only on breed rather than behavior is unnecessary and cruel. 

 


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