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Since the Dangerous Dogs Act was introduced in the UK in 1991, the region has been rife with horror stories of family dogs being taken from their homes and put to death because their breed has been categorically branded a threat.

According to the RSPCA [1], Pit Bull type dogs, along with Japanese Tosa, Fila Braziliero and the Dogo Argentino breeds are often confiscated and locked in kennels or destroyed by law enforcement based on nothing more than their appearance.

There's no telling how much unjust pain and sorrow has been visited on those who love these animals, many who have never shown signs of aggression, only to have them torn away.

If a dog suspected of being dangerous is ever returned to its family, it's often under draconian conditions, necessitating unsightly muzzles to constrict the animal's snout while outdoors. But other families aren't even that fortunate. Details of the law at Gov.uk [2] explain that owners of banned breeds, if found guilty under the Dangerous Dogs Act, can be fined any amount a judge sees fit and sent to prison for up to 6 months while their animals are destroyed.

Patrick Stewart [3] has been recently championed as a crusader against BSL in the UK after his foster dog Ginger was not allowed to come back home with him from the United States. Stewart and his wife, Sunny Ozell, left Ginger back in the states when they returned to England, knowing her future would be brighter there than anywhere she might be subject to BSL laws.

The RSPCA mentions two cases, Zara and Fudge, as prime examples of the issues BSL presents to dogs and their humans in the UK. While Zara was returned to her family the following day after law enforcement confiscated her for being a "dangerous," she now has to wear an uncomfortable muzzle that not only chafes and blisters her snout, but makes it hard to eat or drink, and perpetuates the shortsighted myth the BSL has brought about.

For Fudge, the outcome was even worse. Rescued as a six-week old puppy from a shelter in Liverpool, Fudge's owner had grown to love the dog but was not aware of the issues BSL raised. After a neighbor reported 5-month-old Fudge to the police, law enforcement officers confiscated the dog and euthanized it. The owner was not made aware until afterward that she could have challenged the ruling and saved her dog's life by applying for "responsible owner" status.

It's clear the intent of the Dangerous Dogs Act does not match its execution at any level. There is no reason for legislation that kills innocent and loving animals, and these policies need to be rescinded. Sign to tell the UK Parliament and British Prime Minister Theresa May that there is no place for BSL in the civilized world.

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Dear members of the UK Parliament and Prime Minister Theresa May,

Far too many dogs have been destroyed and families damaged by the Dangerous Dogs Act of 1991. No matter the intent of the law, the effects are clear. There is no reason for legislation that kills innocent and loving animals, and these policies need to be rescinded.

BSL leads to family dogs being confiscated from their homes and put to death because their breed has been categorically branded a threat. In the UK, that includes Pit Bull type dogs, Japanese Tosa, Fila Braziliero and the Dogo Argentino breeds, solely because of historical and cultural connections to fighting. Connections that the very same humans perpetrated years ago to being dog fighting into prominence.

There is no veterinary or behavioral research showing these dogs are more aggressive than others, only that lawmakers in the UK are willing to believe that myth and base sweeping measures upon those myopic judgments.

The RSPCA mentions two cases, Zara and Fudge, two dogs who were never involved in an incident of aggression, as prime examples of the issues BSL presents to dogs and their humans in the UK. While Zara was returned to her family the following day after law enforcement confiscated her for being a "dangerous," she now has to wear an uncomfortable muzzle that not only chafes and blisters her snout, but makes it hard to eat or drink, and perpetuates the shortsighted myth the BSL has brought about.

For Fudge, the outcome was even worse. Rescued as a six-week old puppy from a shelter in Liverpool, Fudge's owner had grown to love the dog but was not aware of the issues BSL raised. After a neighbor reported 5-month-old Fudge to the police, law enforcement officers confiscated the dog and euthanized it. The owner was not made aware until afterward that she could have challenged the ruling and saved her dog's life by applying for "responsible owner" status.

The only proper way for BSL to be implemented is to abolish such laws entirely and prosecute dog owners who actively encourage violent behavior, not by killing innocent and loving animals.

You have an opportunity today to make history for the undervalued rights of animals, save the lives of countless dogs, and restore the faith of pet owners in the UK. I implore you, on behalf of the humans and dogs of the United Kingdom, to make the right decision and end BSL.

Sincerely,

Petition Signatures


Sep 19, 2017 Ina Kornblum
Sep 19, 2017 Vanna Pagnozzi
Sep 17, 2017 PJ Chambers
Sep 17, 2017 Geralyn & Michael Frishman
Sep 16, 2017 kathleen michael
Sep 15, 2017 Ladonna Courey
Sep 15, 2017 Darja Kadenšek
Sep 15, 2017 Jeannette remak There is nothing wrong with dogs that can't be fixed by the right training and RESPONSIBLE OWNERSHIP!!! Try for that instead of busting up families who love their fur children!!
Sep 15, 2017 m jong
Sep 14, 2017 Lesley Thomas
Sep 14, 2017 Lin Oliver
Sep 14, 2017 Lori McCloskey
Sep 14, 2017 Susan Marcantonio
Sep 14, 2017 Fitna Franzke
Sep 14, 2017 Tanya Lenn
Sep 14, 2017 Deborah Moore
Sep 14, 2017 Lori Dungey
Sep 14, 2017 Dawn Barber
Sep 13, 2017 Gillian Lee
Sep 13, 2017 Pam Sheeler
Sep 13, 2017 Nichole Canino Mellerke
Sep 13, 2017 Melissa Hathaway
Sep 13, 2017 lynn diakogiannakis
Sep 13, 2017 Marie Marcantonio This is heartbreaking & unreasonable!! Please change this. It is not the breed....it's how they're raised!
Sep 13, 2017 Denise Taylor
Sep 13, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 13, 2017 Joanne Marrs
Sep 13, 2017 (Name not displayed) Don't blame the breed blame the humans that bring them up
Sep 12, 2017 Setsuko Yamamoto
Sep 11, 2017 Sebastian Garcia
Sep 11, 2017 Ilse DePriest
Sep 11, 2017 cali cheshelski
Sep 11, 2017 Belle Prince
Sep 11, 2017 Trixie Santos
Sep 10, 2017 Luis Chelotti
Sep 10, 2017 Marni Holmes
Sep 10, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 9, 2017 Kristin Cucolo
Sep 9, 2017 Stevie littrell
Sep 9, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 8, 2017 Yvonne Acosta
Sep 8, 2017 Ann Lange Pitbulls are lovely dogs. I have one. Punish the bad owners not the breed.
Sep 8, 2017 Irene O'Hare
Sep 8, 2017 jordan Fay
Sep 8, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 8, 2017 Francie Rawl
Sep 8, 2017 Sara Foglietta I have a pit bull mix, and he is not agressive at all, rather sweet and cuddly instead.
Sep 7, 2017 J McConnell
Sep 7, 2017 Diana Koehler
Sep 7, 2017 janet smith

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