AKC Speaks to Veterinary Students About Breed-Specific Legislation

AKC staff joined with breeders in educating future veterinarians about the dangers of...

AKC staff joined with breeders in educating future veterinarians about the dangers of Breed-Specific Legislation (BSL), which is any proposal that seeks to restrict ownership of specific breeds of dogs.

The AKC Government Relations Department and the AKC Community Events Team sponsored a luncheon program on Nov. 2 for about 80 veterinary students at NC State University in Raleigh, NC. The presentation detailed the inherent problems with this type of legislation, as well as the truth about two of the most-targeted breeds. 

AKC Government Relations Administrator Jennifer Clark gave a presentation on current laws and pending state bills, as well as specific case studies that prove the inherent flaws and ineffectiveness of BSL.  She emphasized to the students the importance of supporting legislation that addresses irresponsible owners and dogs that are truly a problem in the community.

Rottweiler breeder Michelle Lennon and American Staffordshire Terrier breeder Kristin Tresidder discussed the attributes of their great breeds, as well as the importance of responsible dog ownership for all breeds.  They encouraged the students to not judge dogs they see solely based on their breed, but rather to examine the personality of the individual dog and the care being provided by the owners. 

The American Kennel Club strongly opposes any legislation that targets specific breeds of dogs.