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Canadian Dog Bite Related Fatalities as per 2 combined sources

Posted by Chantelle Mackney on

After the tragic death of a 49 year old woman the media has made the banning of “pit bull” type dogs a hot topic once again.   Polls regarding banning “pit bull” type dogs federally, provincially and municipally can be found on almost every major media outlet across Canada.   Despite science, and history showing that breed is not of relevance this topic continues to be something that sparks controversial conversations across the nation.   We rarely see discussions of bans when other breeds are involved in such tragedies. Given our history in Canada one would think that we would...

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#BSLbytes #112: The Story of Fudge

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"Fudge was just five-months-old when he was destroyed. His owner, Carole from Liverpool, had rescued him at just six-weeks-old and had no idea he might one day be suspected to be a prohibited type.But a neighbour, who thought he resembled a pit-bull, reported Fudge to the police.Carole was not aware that she could challenge the ruling and apply to have Fudge exempted by applying as a responsible owner. This would have meant Fudge could live, although under restrictions such as being muzzled and on the lead at all times when out of the house.Carole has said: 'BSL was something I...

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#BSLbytes #113: International Association of Canine Professionals

Posted by Chantelle Mackney on

Breed specific legislation is not evidence-based and lacks support by reputable academic and professional groups. We will be talking about some of these groups as part of our #BSLbytes campaign. The International Association of Canine Professionals​ is dedicated to the education, development, and support of dog training professionals world-wide. Their position statement on breed-specific legislation “strongly opposes legislation which discriminates against dogs and their owners by labeling certain dogs as ‘dangerous’ or ‘vicious’ based on breed or phenotype. “Breed or breed type is only one factor which determines an individual dog’s temperament. Many other factors also influence behavior. In the...

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#BSLbytes #114: Decoding Fake News Part 1

Posted by Chantelle Mackney on

Have you ever been confronted by someone who claims something outrageous like “75% of serious dog attacks are by ‘pit bulls’”? Then they’ll point to a “study” reporting this, as if that settles the issue.NOPE.That's a big NOPE. And we have a series of #BSLbytes lined up to help you understand why. You probably know that not all “studies” are created equal. Anyone can publish a “study” using Google research, or their friends list as a survey audience. If you want to go a step further, there are even fake journals, some with official-sounding titles, that will “publish” your study...

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#BSLbytes #115: Decoding Fake News Part 2

Posted by Chantelle Mackney on

Remember all the NOPE we discussed in BSLbyte #114 – specifically, those studies that say things like “75% of serious dog attacks are by pit bulls"?Today we’re going to talk about something called a literature review. Keep reading! It’s not boring, we promise, and we'll point you towards a study that may be the only citation you need next time you find yourself in a conversation about breed and bites.--A single study should always be taken with a grain of salt, even when it’s a well-constructed study and published in a proper journal. A study can be legit but still come...

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