Canada's Role in Pit Bull Politics: Unraveling BSL as Condemning the Wrong Side of the Leash. An Analysis of the Ineffectiveness and Inappropriateness of both Provincial and Municipal BSL

30 Pages Posted: 13 Nov 2016

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Natasha Melfi

University of Ottawa, Common Law Section, Students

Date Written: November 1, 2016

Abstract

Ultimately, it is very difficult to isolate BSL’s effectiveness for a number of reasons. There is no unified dog bite reporting system for all Canadian municipalities to follow. Public safety campaigns typically accompany BSL which helps to educate the public and consequently reduce dog bite statistics. And finally, pit bull misidentification is a common occurrence. What is known about BSL, is that it addresses the dogs of the irresponsible owners as inherently dangerous. This classification not only demonizes dogs without any signs of aggression, but also does little to address the poor behaviours of irresponsible owners. This is why I advocate abandoning BSL in Canada and adopting a more responsible dog ownership model.

Keywords: Pit bull, Breed Specific Legislation

Suggested Citation

Melfi, Natasha, Canada's Role in Pit Bull Politics: Unraveling BSL as Condemning the Wrong Side of the Leash. An Analysis of the Ineffectiveness and Inappropriateness of both Provincial and Municipal BSL (November 1, 2016). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2865042 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2865042

Natasha Melfi (Contact Author)

University of Ottawa, Common Law Section, Students ( email )

Ottawa, Ontario
Canada

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