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Medical News & Perspectives
July 11, 2001

Control "Social Carnivores" to Prevent Bites

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JAMA. 2001;286(2):153-154. doi:10.1001/jama.286.2.153

It's a dog-eat-dog world—and public safety people want to keep it that way. They've published a guideline in hopes of drastically reducing the number of dog bites of humans.

"A Community Approach to Dog Bite Prevention" was published June 1 by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Task Force on Canine Aggression and Human-Canine Interactions (J Am Vet Med Assoc. 2001;218:1732-1750).

A core recommendation of the document advocates moving away from creating local controlling ordinances targeted at specific dog breeds. Such an approach is a typical response by a community following an attack on a person, but such legislation usually only riles owners of those breeds while failing to reduce the number of dog bites, the task force argued.

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