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Posted by Chantelle Mackney on

Veterinarians make an oath to protect animal health and welfare, but does BSL force them to break that oath? 

An article that appeared in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association in 2012 has pointed out implications of holding veterinarians responsible for determining breed. The labels assigned to dogs of unknown parentage can have serious consequences with authorities, shelters, rescues, landlords, and insurance companies. It was recommended that veterinarians refrain from assigning breed based on visual identification.  

Veterinarians are highly trained professionals and should be a resource for health concerns, but they do not receive training in identifying breeds or breed traits. Would you expect your doctor to identify your ethnic origin by looking at you? 

Legislation like Quebec’s proposed Bill 128 is flawed in relying on veterinarians to assign breed ID, and puts these professionals in an unfair position.  


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