Do You Agree With Breed Specific Legislation?

Since I’ve got jet lag from the trip to Asia, I decided to ask for your opinion on breed specific legislation.  While walking in a park along the South China Sea, my husband noticed this sign posted prominently.  Singapore requires certain breeds of dogs to wear muzzles when in public places.  Although I appreciate the intent behind the law, to protect humans and other animals from attack, I have mixed emotions about breed specific legislation.  What do you think?  Are these breeds so unpredictable that all members should be muzzled by law or should the decision be made on an individual basis?  In other words, are there dangerous breeds or dangerous owners?  Please let me know what you think.  I should add that I thoroughly enjoyed the visit to Singapore.  Regardless of your view on this issue of muzzling dogs, I suggest you visit the country if given the chance.  It is clean and beautiful!


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Dr. Kristen Nelson grew up on a farm in Watertown, Minn., where she developed a deep love for animals of all kinds. She received a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine. Kris then completed a small-animal internship at the prestigious Animal Medical Center in New York City. In addition to writing and speaking, she cares for small and exotic animals in Scottsdale, Az. Dr. Nelson is widely quoted in the media. Her credits include Ladies’ Home Journal, USA TODAY, the Los Angeles Times and numerous radio and television interviews. Dr. Nelson has written two books, Coated With Fur: A Vet’s Life and Coated With Fur: A Blind Cat’s Love. Kris and her husband Steve share their home with rescued cats, birds and a dog.