Repeal Breed Specific Legislation

The Government should repeal breed specific provisions in dangerous dogs legislation. We believe these provisions are a flawed approach to public safety and an ethical failing with regards to animal welfare.

97,613 Signatures

Tuesday 21st December 2021
Last 24 hours signatures
Signature Deadline
Tuesday 21st June 2022
Estimated Final Signatures: 397,751

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Recent Documents related to Repeal Breed Specific Legislation

1. Repeal Breed Specific Legislation
18/12/2021 - Petitions

Found: The Government should repeal breed specific provisions in dangerous dogs legislation. We believe these

2. Dangerous Dogs
11/08/2016 - Parliamentary Research

Found: 2016 Dangerous Dogs By Oliver Bennett Inside: 1. Background 2. Existing Legislation 3. Review of legislation

3. Explanatory memorandum to The Animals, Aquatic Animal Health, Invasive Alien Species, Plant Propagating Material and Seeds (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020
02/11/2020 - Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
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4. Briefing Paper on the Bill
19/10/2021 - Bill Documents

Found: October 2021 Animal Welfare (Kept Animals) Bill Summary 1 Background 2 Primates 3 Dogs attacking

5. Impact Assessment from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
18/08/2021 - Bill Documents

Found: intervention: Domestic Type of measure: Primary legislation Contact for enquiries: keptanimals.bill@defra

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Recent Speeches related to Repeal Breed Specific Legislation

1. Dangerous Dogs Act: Staffordshire Bull Terriers
16/07/2018 - Westminster Hall

1: including Staffordshire Bull Terriers in the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991.It is a great pleasure to be here - Speech Link

2. Dangerous Dogs
07/03/2019 - Westminster Hall

1: Affairs Committee, Controlling dangerous dogs, HC 1040, and the Government response, HC 1892.It is always - Speech Link
2: of us are dog owners, it is not hard to see why. Dogs are a huge source of love, comfort and companionship - Speech Link

3. Breed Specific Legislation
05/07/2021 - Westminster Hall

1: has considered e-petition 300561, relating to breed specific legislation.It is a pleasure to serve under - Speech Link

4. Animal Welfare (Kept Animals) Bill (Sixth sitting)
18/11/2021 - Public Bill Committees

1: (3) The Secretary of State must bring forward legislation based on the findings of the review within 12 - Speech Link
2: (3) The Secretary of State must bring forward legislation based on the findings of the review within 12 - Speech Link
3: require the Secretary of State to bring forward legislation based on the findings of the review within 12 - Speech Link

5. Wild Animals in Circuses (No. 2) Bill
19/06/2019 - Lords Chamber

1: circuses. There is strong public opinion in support of this and government consultations in England, - Speech Link

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asked by: Helen Hayes
... what steps steps he is taking to tackle the promotion of cropping dogs ears on social media.

2. Dogs: Animal Welfare
asked by: Alex Sobel
... whether it is permitted under covid-19 restrictions to travel for the purpose of animal welfare to a dog behaviorist.

3. Dogs: Animal Welfare
asked by: Neil Parish
... what assessment he has made of trends in the number of cases of illegal dog ear cropping in the last six years; and what steps his Department is taking to help (a) halt that practice and (b) prevent the importation of dogs that have had their ears cropped.

4. Dogs: Animal Welfare
asked by: Zarah Sultana
... what the steps the Government is taking to implement the ban on ear cropping dogs in the UK.

5. Dogs: Animal Welfare
asked by: Andrew Rosindell
... (b) the Guard Dogs Act 1975 and (c) proposed improvements to animal welfare legislation.

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We are not satisfied with the response to previous petitions making requests relating to breed specific legislation, and the recent report by Middlesex University, commissioned by the Government at a cost of £71,621, has now cast doubt on one of the core assumptions of the Dangerous Dogs Act: that certain breeds of dogs are inherently more dangerous. The Government should therefore immediately repeal breed specific legislation.

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Government Response

Thursday 13th January 2022

Simply repealing the breed specific provisions in dangerous dogs legislation with no other changes would increase the risks to public safety, which the Government is unwilling to do.

I recognise that many people are opposed to the prohibitions placed on the four types of dog - Pit Bull terrier; Dogo Argentino; Fila Brasileiro and the Japanese Tosa. However, the Government must balance the views of those who want to repeal or amend the breed specific legislation with our responsibility to ensure that the public is properly protected from dog attacks.

Historically, pit bull types are powerful dogs which have been traditionally bred in the UK for dog fighting. Data gathered from 2005 onwards on fatal dog attacks show that pit bulls were involved in around one in six tragic incidents, despite the prohibitions that we have in place that have significantly limited the numbers of pit bulls in the UK. Furthermore, according to information from the Metropolitan Police, nearly 20 per cent of dogs found to be dangerously out of control in Greater London were pit bulls.

The Government, therefore, considers that a lifting of the restrictions on these types of dogs would more likely result in an increase in dog attacks, rather than contributing to any reduction in such incidents. This position is supported by the police.

Despite the general prohibitions on these types of dog, individual prohibited dogs can be kept by their owners or person for the time being in charge if a court judges that the dog is not a danger to public safety, subject to certain conditions, including being on a lead and muzzled in public.

In December 2021, Defra published research in collaboration with Middlesex University to look at responsible ownership across all breeds of dog. The research considers different approaches and the effectiveness of current dog control measures and makes several recommendations including specifically on improving the evidence base. The report will provide the basis for the consideration of reform in this area and the Government is already working with the police, local authorities, and stakeholders to consider the recommendations further.

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

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