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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


Jun 26, 2017 Katrina Farquharson
Jun 26, 2017 Lisa Salazar
Jun 26, 2017 pascale vlemincx
Jun 26, 2017 michelle penny ive raised my pitbulls like you raise a child and not either one are agressive its deed not breed.its the owner not the animal the media hype is rediculious trust me its not the animal
Jun 25, 2017 Erin Moe
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Jun 24, 2017 Melanie Kircher
Jun 23, 2017 Véronique Ciesielski
Jun 23, 2017 Patricia Dangle
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Jun 23, 2017 Alberto Manna
Jun 23, 2017 Denise Moore
Jun 22, 2017 İpek Güroy
Jun 22, 2017 Kaitlyn Kittell
Jun 22, 2017 beatrice ruzzene
Jun 22, 2017 Hélène Szczépaniak
Jun 22, 2017 maria Bovio
Jun 22, 2017 mauro torelli
Jun 22, 2017 Giuseppina Capasso
Jun 22, 2017 Sophie GAGNARD
Jun 22, 2017 Kath Toupy
Jun 22, 2017 Monica Morini
Jun 22, 2017 Grassi Alberto
Jun 22, 2017 julie matewicz
Jun 22, 2017 Maurizio Slanzi
Jun 22, 2017 Valerie Gorin
Jun 22, 2017 Sc Vdb
Jun 22, 2017 Beverly Brown
Jun 22, 2017 Jeane Bangert
Jun 22, 2017 Andreia Teixeira
Jun 21, 2017 Elizabeth Dideriksen How is this any different than all Muslim's are terrorists? This is discrimination with a new name! Horrific!
Jun 21, 2017 Lisa Hamilton
Jun 21, 2017 Linda Marshall
Jun 21, 2017 Kathy &Judy Sutter
Jun 21, 2017 John Rybicki
Jun 21, 2017 franca frebet
Jun 20, 2017 wendy nolan
Jun 20, 2017 Lindsey Dakin
Jun 20, 2017 Frances Hill
Jun 20, 2017 Oscar Landé
Jun 20, 2017 ana trillo
Jun 20, 2017 Jan Clare
Jun 20, 2017 Jess B
Jun 20, 2017 k kern
Jun 20, 2017 Stephen Bono
Jun 20, 2017 emily dugan
Jun 20, 2017 Anne Matarin-Bessiron
Jun 20, 2017 Brenda Cook
Jun 19, 2017 polly Folley

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