Tell Denmark to stop banning dog breeds
  • Petitioning Mette Gjerskov

This petition will be delivered to:

Danish Minister of Agriculture and Animal Welfare
Mette Gjerskov

Tell Denmark to stop banning dog breeds

    1. Leo Scheltinga
    2. Petition by

      Leo Scheltinga

      Copenhagen, Denmark

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.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 50,000 signatures
    2. New Danish Dog Act Under Way: 13 Breeds Still Banned

      Leo Scheltinga
      Petition Organizer

      New Danish Dog Act Under Way: 13 Breeds Still Banned

      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.

    3. Reached 40,000 signatures
    4. The Danish Kennel Club: More Blood Must Flow

      Leo Scheltinga
      Petition Organizer
      Kenzo the Hovawart: The Danish Kennel Club: More Blood Must Flow

      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.

    5. Reached 20,000 signatures
    6. Balder's Wake-Up Call

      Leo Scheltinga
      Petition Organizer

      an open letter to Mette Gjerskov, the Danish Minister of Agriculture and Animal Welfare

    7. Reached 4,000 signatures
    8. New Majority in Denmark: Breed Ban Repealed?

      Leo Scheltinga
      Petition Organizer

      Let's help them remember what they promised. I changed the petition letter to target the new politicians responsible for animal welfare in the new government

    9. Reached 2,500 signatures
    10. Denmark’s Breed Ban Frenzy (via StubbyDog)

      Leo Scheltinga
      Petition Organizer

      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

    11. Welcome to the "Wall of Shame": Marlene Harpsøe

      Leo Scheltinga
      Petition Organizer

      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.

    12. Reached 1,500 signatures
    13. BSL and Denmark: An Injustice to Dogs and Dog Owners

      Leo Scheltinga
      Petition Organizer

      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...

    14. Why Dog Breed Bans are a Slippery Slope and Achieves Nothing

      Leo Scheltinga
      Petition Organizer

      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...

    15. Denmark's breed ban frenzy (via BlogPaws)

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      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...

    16. Danish Kennel Club in support of breed ban

      Leo Scheltinga
      Petition Organizer

      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.

    17. Reached 1 signatures
    18. Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      Danish breed ban rests on historically thin basis (via Kenzo the Hovawart):

    19. Reached 250 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Josalyn Bowser CHRISTMAS VALLEY, OR
      • 3 days ago

      This is SICK and DISGUSTING to read. What the Hell?! That is revolting and inhumane! There is nothing wrong with a dog breed, it is the person. I hate articles like this so much. People act as though it isn't their fault and punish a mass population for thier stupidity. It's sickening.

      I love dogs. Pitbulls, German Shepherds, Rotties, Dobbies, ect. They are great dogs, especially when you raise them right. You can't breed a person nor an animal to be agressive. It's all about how you raise them you sick bastards. If you don't want to take the time to raise them like a child then you should be euthanized too. People make me sick when they blame the dog for something they could have corrected. I've handled military German Shepherds, Stray pitbulls and chows, and many other dogs. I've NEVER been bit by a dog. I've even split up a chow and border collies from fighting and still had nothing happen to me.

      They are like young children that barely understand anything more than where it is ok to go to the bathroom and the big bag on the floor means meal-time. A dog is like a two year old child; they aren't going to understand anything without direction and if you do something that can lead to negativity... they will grow up to misbehave. People who get a dog SHOULD understand that. Otherwise they shouldn't get a pet at all. Education on how to raise a dog and what to expect should be mandatory before anyone tries to buy a dog.

      They have a right to live and if they become so traumatized that they do act out violently, then the owner who had them euthanized should face criminal charges based on animal cruelty and neglect. It's easy to see if a dog is being mistreated. If you grab something and they shy off, run away, or become defensive... then there you go.

      I've estblished myself as pack leader with all my dogs without hitting them or neglecting them. Just because a dog can't understand what you say doesn't mean they can't understand your tone. When my chow- while she still lived before the cancer took over T.T- and my border collie got in a fight, I got right inbetween them and grabbed their collars to hold them apart. They were both still snapping their jaws and growling. I got their attention by stomping on the ground and yelling "knock it off (their names)". They both looked at me and I held them still; my chow -who came off the streets- curled up on the ground and tried to pull away from me. My border collie -who had been abused and ran away from her original owners- came closer to me and tried to hide her face against me. I held both of them for a bit longer and scolded them. After that my chow calmed down adn rolled over onto her belly and my border collie snuggled up against me. I pet them both and went back into the house to watch them for a while... they never fought like that again.

    • Leonie Macdonald LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 7 days ago

      studying at one of the worlds leading institutions for the study of companion animal behaviour - it is proven time and time again that breed makes little difference in the behaviour of the dog, and that dogs are rules as we are - by individual personality and experience. It is unethical and unfair to state that ALL members of a breed, born in different places, born by different mothers, raised differently, and each with their own view on things, is somehow identical.

    • Sandra Anschutz SCOTTSVILLE, NY
      • 8 days ago

      I truly believe it is not the is how they are raised!!

    • Helena Søderholm ROSKILDE, DENMARK
      • 11 days ago

      Because the temper of a dog is not caused by breed but by owner!

    • iopsu Elena TJELE, DENMARK
      • 13 days ago

      I love all dogs . A dog for me is a real friend.


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