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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


Apr 26, 2018 Diane Gearty
Apr 26, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 26, 2018 Adriana Miritescu
Apr 25, 2018 Denise Vallee
Apr 25, 2018 Kathlene Kuhnel
Apr 25, 2018 Wanda Maness
Apr 24, 2018 Negar Modgeddi
Apr 24, 2018 Paulina Levinzon
Apr 24, 2018 Julia Stark
Apr 24, 2018 Stephanie Rossi
Apr 24, 2018 Marion Barbour
Apr 24, 2018 Marcia Richardson
Apr 24, 2018 Manisha Gurung
Apr 23, 2018 Miia Suuronen
Apr 23, 2018 Joo Gyee Lim
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Apr 23, 2018 A Krevitz
Apr 22, 2018 Lucille Gherardini I have a son that has 3 Pit Bulls and they are loving family dogs!
Apr 22, 2018 Katherine burt
Apr 22, 2018 Catherine Kellaway
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Apr 22, 2018 Stephanie Coan
Apr 22, 2018 Maureen Leonard
Apr 22, 2018 Rita Willis
Apr 22, 2018 Bob Willis
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Apr 22, 2018 Rose Hickford
Apr 22, 2018 Carola Roy
Apr 22, 2018 Mark Gorres
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Apr 21, 2018 Marilyn Filomia Garrett
Apr 21, 2018 Angel Woytovich
Apr 21, 2018 Marley Mcdermott
Apr 21, 2018 Dayna Lamb
Apr 21, 2018 Patty Audrain
Apr 21, 2018 Stephanie Deloffre Dogs are lovely but humes try to make them as bad as they can should be. Î’m sad for that
Apr 21, 2018 Maya Rudik
Apr 21, 2018 Rita Council
Apr 21, 2018 Jennifer Ford
Apr 20, 2018 karina oleynikov
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Apr 20, 2018 Glenda Hutchens
Apr 20, 2018 Nichole Miller
Apr 20, 2018 Sandia Germenis
Apr 20, 2018 Temma Tainow
Apr 20, 2018 Lori Hynes
Apr 20, 2018 GRAZIA MINARELLI
Apr 20, 2018 Victoria Apodaca
Apr 20, 2018 Chante' Barnard
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