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BSL does not consider the individual dog, its past actions and behaviour, or even the way the dog has been raised and treated by its owner. Just being of the "wrong" breed is all it takes - the dog is assumed to be guilty until proven innocent!

Every dog has the potential to bite - regardless of breed. It is up to us, as responsible owners, to raise our dogs correctly, so they can become valuable members of our community. Dog owners must be educated on responsible dog ownership, and held responsible for their dogs actions.

Facts:

•BSL does not improve the safety of the public or prevent dog bites
•BSL ignores the potential victims of non-targeted breeds.
•BSL requires each and every dog to be identified as a breed - something that   even DNA testing has proven impossible to do accurately and objectively.
•BSL makes targeted breeds more desirable to irresponsible and criminal owners.
•BSL does nothing to hold irresponsible dog owners accountable.
•BSL punishes responsible dog owners.

Letter to
Prime Minister Of Australia The Hon Julia Gillard
I just signed the following petition: AUSTRALIA AGAINST BREED SPECIFIC LEGISLATION (BSL).

We ask that you consider the following information in regards to Breed Specific Legislation. BSL does not consider the individual dog, its past actions and behaviour, or the way the dog has been raised and/or treated by its owner. Just being of the "wrong" breed is all it takes - the dog is assumed to be guilty until proven innocent!

Every dog has the potential to bite - regardless of breed. It is up to us, as responsible owners, to raise our dogs correctly, so they can become valuable members of our community. Dog owners, of all breeds, must be educated on responsible dog ownership, and held responsible for their dogs actions.

Facts:
•BSL does not improve the safety of the public or prevent dog bites
•BSL ignores the potential victims of non-targeted breeds.
•BSL requires each and every dog to be identified as a breed, something that even DNA testing has proven impossible to do accurately and objectively.
•BSL makes targeted breeds more desirable to irresponsible and criminal owners.
•BSL does nothing to make irresponsible dog owners accountable.
•BSL punishes responsible dog owners.

A dog's reaction to any situation is based upon: victim behavior; sterilisation status; environment; health; socialisation and training; and negligence and/or abuse.

We ask that you consider focusing Australia's resources on educating dog owners on correct ownership and promoting education, rather than punishing a dog for being a particular breed. We must focus on the other end of the leash.

We want to see the same thing: a safe society for both children and adults, free from preventable dog attacks. The solution is not to abolish a breed, but to enforce responsible ownership of dogs of all breeds. BSL has created a false sense of security to the public, who think only restricted breeds can be dangerous.

We must push for the following laws to promote responsible ownership:

• Compulsory sterilisation. Dogs that are not desexed are far more likely to attack, particularly males.
•Regulation of all breeders and harsh penalties for backyard breeders. Backyard breeders use their dogs as a tool of income, with no concern for the health, temperament or genetics of the dogs.
• Compulsory registration and microchipping of all dogs.
• Strict enforcement of secure fencing, ensuring dogs cannot escape.
• Harsh penalties for owners of dogs that cause serious injury/death to another animal or human. Currently there is a vicious cycle occurring where the dog is euthanased and owners, who created their behavioural issues, are allowed to own a dog again.
• Dogs should be kept on a lead at all times, unless in a secure area.
• Education programs for school children. Children must be educated how to approach, greet and behave appropriately around dogs.
•Encourage dog training classes and continued socialisation of all dogs.
•Implement a process where all dog attacks are investigated prior to a order being made to euthanase the dog. Dogs attacks are usually a result of numerous factors which may include cruelty and abuse, neglect, health issues and lack of training and/or socialisation. Chained dogs left alone for lengthy periods with no exercise and mental stimulation, are more likely to develop behavioural issues.

We would appreciate if an national inquiry into the failure of BSL was undertaken immediately before more innocent dogs' lives are lost, simply because they fit the measurement and profile of a restricted breed. Breed specific legislation does not hold irresponsible owners accountable for their part in dog attacks.

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Sincerely,
Australians Against Breed Specific Legislation