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Denmark has one of the most strict dog breed bans in the world. 12 breeds are already banned and 13 more are lined up, making a total of 25 breeds to be banned in the near future. This will make Denmark the country with most breeds banned in the world. There is no indication 25 breeds is even enough.
The discussion in Denmark is getting totally out of hand. While reports surface that despite the current ban, the number of dog bites have increased and the ban is therefore not working, politicians and media are ignoring the facts and call for more breeds to be banned. When vets are reluctant to euthanize healthy animals just because they are part of breed, politicians called upon people to practice "do-it-yourself" euthanization.This message was corrected, yet it shows the sentiment that is present in the country and the horror dogs and dog owners in Denmark are living in.
Shakespeare onces wrote "something is rotten in the state of Denmark". Some hundreds of years later he is proven right. A lot of Danes are against the law and cry out in protest of this outrage. Help the Danes to stop this madness in their country, and let them return to the civilized world once more.
Mette Gjerskov, Danish Minister of Agriculture and Animal Welfare
I would like to take this opportunity to remind you of the still on-going suffering of dogs and dog owners in Denmark. Suffering that was caused by the discriminatory BSL laws (hundelov) implemented by the former Danish government. I read the reports by Cecilie Thorslund "Danish breed ban rests on historically thin basis" and the recent research of the Danish association "Fair Dog" documenting...
I would like to take this opportunity to remind you of the still on-going suffering of dogs and dog owners in Denmark. Suffering that was caused by the discriminatory BSL laws (hundelov) implemented by the former Danish government. I read the reports by Cecilie Thorslund "Danish breed ban rests on historically thin basis" and the recent research of the Danish association "Fair Dog" documenting that dog bite incidents still increase even one year after BSL was implemented in Denmark.
I am writing to you to ask you to re-evaluate the Danish BSL, as was promised during the elections. That BSL doesn't work is the experience from other countries too, like Holland and Scotland, which are a lot like yours. Although BSL does not make people feel more safe and decrease the number of dog bites, it does lead to endless suffering of individual dogs and dog owners, who have done nothing wrong. A new legislation where the deed is punished and not the breed, is needed.
Breeds aside, I feel we all have to start discussing dog safety with our politicians and not the pros and cons of a breed ban. Ask them why we still get bitten. Why dog bites are still on the rise. And not let them get away by making another list.
So it happened. The evaluation of the Danish Dog Act has started. After years of turmoil, peaking in the recent months around cases concerning individual dogs like Thor the mix, Thor the GSD, Fido, and many more - change is looming, now the Danish Minister of Agriculture & Animal Welfare has called in interest-groups to be heard.
Another tragic story of failing Breed Specific Legislation (BSL) is unfolding. Just recently the Danish media picked up on the story of a vet, who collapsed in tears after euthanizing 19 puppies. The puppies belonged to one of the 13 banned breeds in
Animal welfare for Marlene Harpsøe and the Danish People's Party is not for all. Some animal species and breeds are different than others. Some need to be stigmatized, hunted down, killed and get rid off.
Breed-specific legislation already in place in Denmark has proven ineffective as evidenced by an increase in the rate of dog bite injuries since its enactment. And Denmark is not alone. Similar laws in other communities have failed to work either...
Of course we all want to keep ourselves and our families safe from dangerous dogs but banning breeds is not the way to do it. Any Breed on their own is not necessarily any more dangerous then another. Breeds become dangerous when the environment...
Another tragic story of failing Breed Specific Legislation is unfolding. Just recently the Danish media picked up on the story of a vet, who collapsed in tears after euthanizing 19 puppies. The puppies belonged to one of the 13 banned breeds...
The Danish Kennel Club, lead by chairman Jørgen Hindse, is not speaking out against the breed ban in Denmark, but on the contrary plays an important role in keeping the breed ban alive and argue in favor of enforcement of the law.
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