New report reveals national solution to dog bites
Wednesday, 08.15.2012, 12:24am (GMT3)
The Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) has launched a comprehensive framework detailing a national policy solution for dog bite prevention.
AVA spokesperson and veterinary behaviourist, Dr Kersti Seksel said that existing approaches haven’t always been backed up by a solid base of evidence.
“We hear about horrific dog bite incidents that tend to attract extensive media attention, and governments turn to policies that include banning or controlling particular breeds of dogs.
“These incidents are certainly tragic, especially as children are often the victims.
“But measures that ban dog breeds aren’t effective in addressing aggression in dogs, don’t increase public safety and are expensive and unworkable.
“The AVA’s model draws on the best scientific research, experience and legislative models from around the world.