Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has announced that the American bully XL dog will be banned, following a spate of recent attacks.
The UK’s chief veterinary officer Christine Middlemiss says there will not be a cull of American bully XLs, but the government will instead adopt an “amnesty” approach.
The introduction of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 saw the breeding, selling or gifting of banned breeds unless going abroad prohibited, while the dogs had to be muzzled and on a lead when in public.
This extreme example of breed discrimination legislation is absolutely horrific. OAA strongly believes that breed-specific ordinances fail to address the root cause of dog bites. Laws that ban or place restrictions on particular breeds without reference to the behavior of the individual dogs punish even responsible pet owners with entirely friendly and well-supervised dogs. Read more here.