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Letters to the Editor

Focus on context, not breed, to prevent dog bites

We were distressed to see the recent letters to the editor1,2 endorsing breed-specific legislation as a solution to dog bites. Although we fully appreciate the damage any dog bite can do and have devoted no small part of our lives to preventing dog bites, we argue that breed bans will continue to put children at risk and that the focus should be on dog bite contexts, not breed.

To date, breed bans and other types of breed-specific legislation have not produced the intended results. Although hospitals in Catalonia, Spain,