Montreal’s breed specific legislation is bad for dogs & bad for humans

Credit: via Wiki Commons

Credit: via Wiki Commons

Josh Milburn, a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Philosophy and a member of Queen’s Animal Defence, has just published a piece in the Queen’s Journal about Montreal’s breed specific legislation.


To make matters worse, the stigma that BSL creates around certain breeds ends up attached to safe dogs and responsible owners. On the other hand, irresponsible owners, including those who want to have a dangerous dog, can simply acquire a dog of a different breed.

Once legislatures and the general public, especially children, understand that all dogs – like most animals – can be dangerous if treated inappropriately, we can move towards a society in which dogs and humans can have loving and respectful relationships with one another, with fear of neither attack nor legislation targeting peaceful animals.

Read the entire piece here.