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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


Aug 17, 2018 Daniela Bress
Aug 17, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Aug 16, 2018 Sandra Backelund
Aug 16, 2018 Angela Anderson
Aug 16, 2018 Shea Nace
Aug 16, 2018 CLAUDIA LAPORT BORGES
Aug 15, 2018 (Name not displayed) It’s not the dog, it’s how it is treated and usually the owner way of raising dogs that cause the harm
Aug 15, 2018 Shenandoah Webb
Aug 13, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Aug 13, 2018 Patricia Delaney
Aug 13, 2018 Nichelle Johnson
Aug 13, 2018 Pat Rohde
Aug 13, 2018 Angela Abbassi
Aug 13, 2018 Liza Ruiz
Aug 11, 2018 Anne PIZELLE
Aug 10, 2018 Sandra Thompson
Aug 10, 2018 Nicole Frantová
Aug 10, 2018 BARBARA CONSOLO
Aug 7, 2018 Kathryn Carson
Aug 6, 2018 Tomi Smith It is not the dog who is dangerous, it is the dog owner and how he/she treats said dog. Dogs are not born bad, mean, vicious or a killer. They are born innocent.
Aug 6, 2018 Candice Sexton
Aug 6, 2018 Sherri Gallegos It's the owners who r @ fault not the dogs...
Aug 5, 2018 Gabriele Santana
Aug 5, 2018 Elvira Trebesius
Aug 5, 2018 Linda Fleming
Aug 4, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Aug 4, 2018 Christine Cobuzzi
Aug 3, 2018 Adrienne Kaiser
Aug 3, 2018 Connie lowery
Aug 3, 2018 Lisa Marrs ALL ANIMALS ARE IMPORTANT AND MUST BE PROTECTED!!
Aug 3, 2018 Anita Sutton
Aug 3, 2018 Rosemary Rannes " 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."
Aug 3, 2018 Kristin Siegmund
Aug 2, 2018 Elaine Baron
Aug 2, 2018 (Name not displayed) Please don't punish innocent families and their pets because there are irresponsible owners out there. Create, enforce and uphold laws that make these owners accountable for encouraging violent behavior.
Aug 2, 2018 Malu Machado
Aug 1, 2018 AnnMarie Hodgson
Aug 1, 2018 Lynne potts
Jul 31, 2018 Ana Gruber
Jul 31, 2018 Mishelle Vislisel
Jul 31, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 31, 2018 Lucia Flakus
Jul 31, 2018 Camille Clarke
Jul 31, 2018 Rachelle Craft
Jul 31, 2018 Tracey Guardian
Jul 31, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 30, 2018 Kimberly Gibson
Jul 29, 2018 Patricia Hadeed
Jul 29, 2018 Sherida Ribordy
Jul 28, 2018 Denise Bautz

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