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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


May 21, 2018 Peter Skirenko
May 20, 2018 Valerie Face
May 20, 2018 ki paul
May 20, 2018 Melisa Yusufova
May 20, 2018 Ann VanWagenen
May 19, 2018 Moneca Zeviar its not the dog that should suffer the owner has made the animal to be that way
May 19, 2018 Judith Watson
May 19, 2018 Kelly McPherson
May 19, 2018 Dimira Kuntorova
May 19, 2018 Patricia Compton
May 18, 2018 Mary Kay Siegel
May 18, 2018 Jaci Taylor
May 18, 2018 Maria Ann Correale
May 18, 2018 Jennifer Perez
May 18, 2018 Donna Selquist
May 18, 2018 Sabrina Zilske
May 18, 2018 LOIS BALL
May 17, 2018 Richard Bosboom
May 17, 2018 Shannon Gipple
May 17, 2018 Cristina Carvalho
May 17, 2018 Wendye Kolles
May 17, 2018 Kimberly Noto
May 16, 2018 Penny Duke
May 16, 2018 Viktoriya Chukhnina Stop this!!!
May 16, 2018 Annette Ancel-Wisner
May 16, 2018 Jackie Winder
May 16, 2018 Ruth Umayan
May 16, 2018 Madeleine Oliveland
May 15, 2018 Sheryl Benning
May 15, 2018 Kimberly Worman
May 15, 2018 Erica Munn
May 15, 2018 Brigitte Sieben
May 15, 2018 Nico Sandman
May 15, 2018 Jay Strong BSL thought up by morons
May 15, 2018 Denise Wall
May 15, 2018 Deborah Semo
May 15, 2018 Gloria Cameron
May 15, 2018 S.A. Mitchell-Young This is raciest in the Canine world and needs to stop.
May 15, 2018 Casey Schmidt Don't condemn the breed Condemn the owner !!
May 14, 2018 Kathy Dorr
May 14, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 14, 2018 Carla Simmonds
May 14, 2018 Jessica Denis
May 14, 2018 Robert Martin
May 14, 2018 Sarah McILwraith
May 14, 2018 Maria Luisa Chiodo
May 14, 2018 Aleksandr Ivanov
May 14, 2018 Corinna Jost
May 13, 2018 Tina Wasielewski
May 13, 2018 Kim Lanier

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