In the notes that accompany the Defra consultation it states that many organisations believe BSL and banning of breeds does not work however it goes on to say:
“However many correspondents to Defra and some representatives of the local authorities take the view that the list of dogs specified should be further extended to protect the public. They believe breed specific legislation should include all bull breed types including Staffordshire bull terriers. It has also been suggested that other breeds such as the Japanese akita be added to the list of prohibited breeds.”
The Association of Chief Police Officers are also mentioned within the consultation. They state that while BSL is not easy to enforce, there is no alternative. There are alternatives, its just they don’t seem to be interested in those!
So we contacted the ACPO and asked them if they would be looking to add further breeds/types to the banned list and, if so, which breeds they hoped to add. Below is their response:
“Over the coming months, ACPO will be looking at all available options. I couldn’t rule out that ACPO would not advocate proscribing further breeds, but particular breeds are not the thrust of our concern. “
While particular breeds may not be the thrust of the ACPO concern, they clearly are to some who have contacted Defra. Their failure to rule out the addition of more breeds means that your breed IS at risk.
It is time to band together and fight against BSL while pushing for fair and effective laws aimed at the IRRESPONSIBLE owners of all dogs, whatever that breed of dog may be. We must act on this now, before its too late.
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