Animal violence culminating in Breed Specific Legislation may have been well-intentioned, but the solution misses the point! We cannot say because the boy child is prone to causing trouble and ban parents from giving birth to boys. There is a need for better legislation than BSL!
Over the years, man and animal relationships have deepened. Some animals have proven they are friendlier, and thus many people are welcoming them into their homes. Compared to humans, animals do have rogues among them, and such a case should be treated on merit. We should avoid blanket legislation that singles out specific breeds rather than legislating against the animal criminal act.
What motivates breed-specific legislation?
Dog bites and animal fatalities had a challenging sale. Certain dog breeds, notably Pit bulls, accounted for 66% of bites with 311 deaths between 2005 and 2018. Rottweilers had 10% fatalities contribution and together accounted for 471 deaths of Americans.
No government or society would condone the wanton killing of people and thus sparked public concern for a solution. The ensuing reaction is Breed Specific Legislation banning using the offending breeds of canines as pets.
However, while the move to save lives is commendable, we need not forget that keeping a pet is an emotional issue. Most parents who enjoy cordial relationships with their pets would not easily give up despite BSL. Thus, the breed-specific legislation seems insensitive to the emotional attachment of parents to their pets.
What is the best solution to Breed Specific Legislation?
Public reactions to Breed Specific Legislation show the law is unpopular. It seems a simplistic answer to a complex social problem. Every law needs compliance, but if it is unpopular, there will be resistance from people, it is meant to protect.
Alternatives to Breed-Specific Legislation
The better approach should be to follow social justice laws where a pet owner is responsible for their pet’s actions. There are other suggestions from people on the best ways to handle dog bites and animal fatalities. The following are better ideas for breed-specific legislation.
Pet fostering is a temporary guardian to a cat or dog. The purpose of fostering is to provide necessary care and love to an animal for a short period. Usually, the organizations managing the foster program support the foster volunteers with education, information, and resources. Essentially, fostering helps animals to learn socialization with humans and be of best behavior. Fostering could help a pet play down its core animal instinct and be more social and tolerant.
Foster homes are not permanent homes. So, by the time the animal returns to animal shelters before adoption, they are of best behavior. The best fostering program can help to reduce animal aggression towards humans.
Animal parenting is an excellent way to give a pet a deserving permanent home. Usually, pets in the home come from adoption from shelter homes. These pets have been socialized and ready to live with humans. People who adopt animals are caring and ready to show love and affection to the pet.
Parenting can mean a difference in the life of an animal. With relevant oversight legislation, people who adopt pets will have a duty of care and limit dog biting. Learning about animal behavior will help parents properly take care of their pets. This will help to treat animals in a way to keep their core animal survival instinct at bay!
Animal parenting is different from human parenting and educating pet owners is the best way to keep animals and can help prevent animal aggression towards humans. People who keep pets should have skills in animal interaction for proper communication between them and their pets. Usually, animals attack people because of communication breakdown and not necessarily because the animal is mad.
Any animal can attack humans if the line is crossed. Although some animals are more aggressive than the other, animal aggression classification is necessary. When you know the aggression level of an animal, you can decide what pet to keep.
From animal classification, specific breed education can be developed to design the purpose of each breed. Pit bulls and Rottweiler, for instance, are on the aggressive side where they are best for security purposes. Legislation can address the type of use a canine can be parented for.
Human parents and foster enthusiasts would be well informed about the type of pet to keep. They will know the risks and responsibilities they are signing up for when they decide on a particular breed.
Breed-specific legislation didn’t take cognizance of the existing relationship between humans and animals. The same attitude parents of defiant-children have towards their renegade kids is the same animal parents have. It is better to reconsider BSL laws and find an amicable way to deal with it.