"Some breeds of dogs are genetically dangerous and by nature agressive. Measures against these breeds reduce dogs bites"

What do they think about that...

Australian Veterinary Association

"AVA has recognized that breed-specific approaches to dog regulation are not effective as they do not protect the public by reducing dog bite incidents. AVA is advocating a legislative approach based on the identification of individual potentially Dangerous animals and preventing them from inflicting harm"

British Veterinary Association

"In principle, we are opposed to any proposal of legislation that singles out particular breeds of dogs rather than targeting individual aggressive dogs. Responsible ownership is key to preventing dog bites or strikes"

American Veterinary Medical Association

"Any dog can bite, regardless of its breed. It's not the dog's breed that determines risk : it's the dog behavior, general size, the number of dogs involved and the vulnerability of the person bitten and the circumstances of the dog incident"

Société des Vétérinaires Suisses

"notre société considère que des mesures liées à des races ou des types de chiens ne sont pas adéquates. Elles nous paraissent très lourdes, inapplicables et franchement arbitraires et elles sont susceptibles de donner un faux sentiment de sécurité à la population"

ZOOPSY

"Les races ne représentent pas une voie d'abord correcte et efficace du problème des « chiens dangereux ». Il s'agit ici d'une problématique multifactorielle : le chien lui-même, sa lignée toutes races confondues, les caractéristiques de son propriétaire, la situation et les caractéristiques de la victime potentielle."

Fédération des Vétérinaires d'Europe

"Aucun critère scientifique n’a été identifié selon lequel un chien pourrait être considéré comme dangereux en fonction de ses caractéristiques raciales ou physiques"

Dog professionals who are members of the Collective share the same beliefs

The potential dangerousness of a dog is not linked to its breed

Breed Specific Législations are without scientific and statistic basis 

Breed Spécific Législations are ineffective in reducing dog bites, unfair and counterproductive.

A real dog bite prevention policy must be based on several approaches :

An effective application of some existing measures as : 

  • Mandatory identification (microchip) of dogs : 25 % of dogs are already not identified in France ;
  • Legal obligation of dog bites reporting : less than 1 % of dog bites are actually really reported.

The creation of a national structure of dogs bite reporting, in order to analyze and understand the data, and if necessary adapt prevention policies. 

The management of potentially dangerous dogs on a case-by-case basis, according to their own behavior and not their breed and - after analysis - the implementation of individual measures to these dogs and their owners (for example : leash, muzzle, owner formation, etc.)

The implementation of a global STRATEGY of awareness and (in)formation for the benefit of several classes of people :

○ Breeders,
○ Owners,
○ Local communities,
○ Police forces,
○ Health professionals,
○ Individuals at risk, mainly children,
○ Parents,
○ Public overall.

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