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What is the RSPCA's position on breed-specific legislation?
The RSPCA does not support breed specific legislation, also known as BSL. RSPCA Australia considers that any dog of any size, breed or mix of breeds may be dangerous and thus dogs should not be declared dangerous on the basis of breed or appearance. Each individual dog should be assessed based on their behaviour.
The RSPCA does not believe that BSL is in any way effective in preventing or reducing dog attacks or in protecting the public from dangerous dogs.
The RSPCA believes that a prevention strategy for dog attacks must contain the following key elements:
For a full explanation of the RSPCA's position please read our Information Paper - Preventing dog attacks in the community at the link below.
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