The Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 was rushed legislation and an overreaction to a transient public mood following a number of high–profile dog attacks. Under this discriminatory act, Breed Specific Legislation (BSL) prohibits the ownership of certain types (not even specific breeds) of dogs — in particular the pit bull terrier type. This means that they are not allowed to be re–homed from rescue centres.
There is no evidence to support the notion that some breeds or types of dog are, by their nature, more dangerous than others. BSL punishes certain types of dogs for the way they look. It fails to consider a dog’s individual behaviour when determining whether or not they are dangerous.
BSL has not prevented attacks on animals or humans and has not discouraged irresponsible ownership.
Sign Phil’s petition to demand that this ineffectual legislation be repealed now.
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