Repeal the dog importation ban in NZ!
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In New Zealand, the American Pit Bull Terrier, Dogo Argentino, Brazilian Fila, Japanese Tosa and Perro de Presa Canario are banned from importation. This means that any family looking to immigrate and bring with them their beloved family pet are unable to do so. The reason? They are unjustly deemed as "dangerous breeds".
These are dogs which were, for the most part, bred for fighting, and they are intimidating looking dogs. However, to say that it is impossible for these dogs to be anything else is simply untrue. These are the dogs that we see in the news for being violent and attacking people, especially Pitbulls. Because of this, we assume them to be dangerous breeds, as does the New Zealand Government. However, the dogs with the worst reputations are often guilty of the most dog attacks not because they are inherently violent, but because they are bought and trained for the purpose of being aggressive. And the reason that they are a popular choice for this role is that they are so often portrayed as such in the media. It is a vicious cycle.
“Aggression is not simply a product of breed and breed isn’t a reliable predictor of aggression. As a behaviour, aggression is very complex. Whether or not a dog uses aggression is influenced by a range of factors including how they were bred and reared and their experiences throughout their lifetime,” the RSPCA said in a report called 'Breed Specific Legislation - A Dog's Dinner'.
We need to start looking past the stereotype of a breed, and realise that a dogs behaviour is down to the owner.
End breed specific legislation, starting with of section 30A (1) of the Dog Control Act of 1996
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