The Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 was rushed legislation and an overreaction to a transient public mood following a number high profile dog attacks. Under this discriminatory Act, Breed Specific Legislation (BSL) prohibits the ownership of certain types (not even specific breeds) of dogs — in particular the pit bull terrier type. This means that they are very difficult to re–home from rescue centres.
There is no evidence to support the notion that some breeds or types of dog are, by their nature, more dangerous than others. BSL punishes certain types of dogs for the way they look and fails to consider a dog's individual behaviour when determining whether or not they are dangerous. The onus of responsibility falls unfairly on the dog and not on the irresponsible actions of the owner. More importantly many dogs whose behaviour poses no risk are branded 'dangerous' just because of their appearance.
Has this prejudicial legislation been effective? In short - NO. BSL has not prevented attacks on animals or humans and has not discouraged irresponsible ownership. It has failed in evaluations in such countries as the Netherlands, Spain and Denmark and is clearly not fit for purpose.
The RSPCA has called for change to the flawed Dangerous Dogs Act as it is forced to put down dogs for the way they look rather than the danger they pose.
Sign now to demand that this ineffectual legislation be repealed now.