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Title: Breed-specific legislation and the pit bull terrier: Are the laws justified?
Contributor(s): Collier, Stephen Gerard (author)
Publication Date: 2006
DOI: 10.1016/j.jveb.2006.04.011
Handle Link: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/2090
Abstract: After more than a century as an uncontroversial dog (Jessup, 1975), the American pit bull terrier has developed a notorious reputation as a dangerous breed since 1980, with consequent restrictions placed upon it by jurisdictions in Australia and elsewhere. Studies in the United States have indicated that the "pit bull" is responsible for a significant number of human fatalities resulting from dog attack, but the data on which such studies are based are flawed by methodological shortcomings. Using absolute numbers of dog attacks by breed in Australia, data on attacks on human beings reveal the pit bull terrier to be exceeded by several other breeds. Regardless, the primary problem is that reliable data do not exist for the number of attacks relative to breed population. Of 19 human fatalities in Australia over the past two decades, none has involved a dog verified to be an American pit bull terrier. The evidence does not sustain the view that this is a uniquely dangerous breed, and breed-specific laws aimed to control it have not been demonstrated by authorities to be justified by its attack record.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Journal of Veterinary Behavior, 1(1), p. 17-22
Publisher: Elsevier
Place of Publication: USA
ISSN: 1558-7878
Field of Research (FOR): 070703 Veterinary Diagnosis and Diagnostics
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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