To end B.S.L and replace with a behavioural assessment of any breed deemed dangerous.
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We are campaigning against the breed specific legislation that discriminates a breed on their appearance rather than actual behaviour. The legislation has had no affect on reducing dog bites in the UK. There must be a behavioural assessment by a qualified professional dog behaviourist. Then and only then can correct procedures be carried out. For example you wouldn't send a man to jail because of the way he looked, that's racial discrimination. So its not acceptable with dogs and we need change.
Breed Specific Legislation was introduced 26 years ago as part of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 to restrict the ownership of certain types of dogs deemed to be dangerous to people.
In the UK, BSL bans the ownership of four different types of dogs traditionally bred for fighting: pit bull terrier, Japanese Tosa, Dogo Argentino and Fila Braziliero.
Dogs suspected of being a banned type are typically seized by the police and can spend significant time in kennels away from their owners during which they are assessed to determine whether or not the dog is a banned type. Whilst some dogs will return home to be kept under strict conditions, sadly, some have to be euthanised - because of the way they look.
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There is no research to demonstrate that these breeds or types are any more aggressive than other dogs.
Whether or not a dog is aggressive can be influenced by factors such as how they are bred and reared and experiences throughout their life. Breed is not a good predictor of risk of aggression. And, despite the legislation, dog bites in the UK continue to increase.
Breed specific legislation not only fails to protect public safety, but has also resulted in the suffering and destruction of hundreds of dogs, that are deemed ‘dangerous’ simply because of how they look.
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