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					?The issue of breed-banning has stirred quite the controversy over the last few years,
with concerned citizens and dog owners fighting it out over which direction to take
such litigation. Seattle has informally considered banning some dangerous breeds
such as pitbulls, but has yet to address the issue formally due to lack of consensus
among city councilmen. The question is whether breed-ban laws have any appreciable
effect on the reduction of attacks against humans. According to the American Society
for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), the answer is no. This
organization relies on a 2003 study that addressed the effectiveness of a pit bull ban
passed by Prince Georges County, Maryland. The ban forced the county to spend
more than $250,000 each year to enforce the law. But the study concluded that "public
safety is not improved as a result of [the ban]" and that "there is no transgression
committed by owner or animal that is not covered another non-breed specific portion
of the [County's code] (e.g., vicious animal, nuisance animal, leash laws)." The study
recommended that the breed-ban law be repealed.

ASPCA also points to a study by the United States Center for Disease Control (CDC)
which did not support breed specific legislation because of several problems
associated with this type of law, including the inaccuracy of dog bite data and the
difficulty of identifying dog breeds (especially mixed breeds). The CDC also was
concerned that the breedban laws would merely encourage irresponsible dog owners
to turn to other breeds in an attempt to make the non-regulated breeds more
aggressive and dangerous to human beings.

ASPCA also argues that breed-ban laws actually help to compromise rather than
enhance public safety. ASPCA states that when scarce animal control resources are
used to regulate specific breeds without regard to behavior the focus is shifted away
from routine, effective enforcement of laws that have the best chance of making
communities safer: license laws, leash laws, animal fighting laws, and laws that
require all pet owners to control their dogs regardless of breeds.

On the other side of the debate is the newspaper publication Animal People (dog bite
lawyer Christopher Davis represents dog bite attack victims who have suffered
serious injuries, rabies, puncture wounds and scarring, emotional trauma and
wrongful death as a result of the attack. As a resource for victims of any dog bites or
animal attacks, Chris Davis wrote the book "When the Dog Bites" to provide legal
advice for those in need.

				
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