Conservative Ex-Minister’s Opposition to XL Bully Dog Ban
A former Conservative minister, Sir Christopher Chope, has raised objections to the impending ban on American XL Bully dogs, deeming it “very unfair.” Sir Chope has taken the initiative by tabling a parliamentary motion, urging fellow MPs to engage in a debate before the ban is set to be enforced on December 31.
Controversial Changes in Dog Ownership Rules
The proposed changes in regulations will make it illegal to engage in various activities related to XL Bully dogs in England and Wales, including breeding, selling, advertising, exchanging, rehoming, abandoning, or allowing them to stray.
Furthermore, after the enforcement date, XL Bully dogs must be kept on a lead and muzzled when in public spaces. These rules come in response to a series of high-profile attacks involving the breed, sparking public concern.
Sir Christopher Chope’s Motion and Parliamentary Call
Sir Christopher’s motion has garnered support from 11 other MPs, reflecting a growing sentiment against the ban. Speaking in the Commons, he emphasized the need for a parliamentary debate on the matter, citing concerns about the fairness and clarity of the proposed legislation.
He called attention to a petition signed by 650,000 people opposing the government’s stance and argued for a more comprehensive discussion before implementation.
Commons Leader Responds to Motion
In response to Sir Christopher’s motion, Commons Leader Penny Mordaunt acknowledged the concerns and motivations behind the legislation.
However, she emphasized the necessity of providing clarity and reassurance to pet owners. Ms. Mordaunt pledged to write to Environment Secretary Steve Barclay on behalf of Sir Christopher, bringing the motion to his attention.
Ban Specifics and Concerns in Scotland
The ban specifically targets XL Bully types, a variant of the American bully breed known for its larger size. While dogs with some characteristics of the breed are exempt, there is concern about the potential vagueness in defining XL Bully types.
Notably, the ban will not be applicable in Scotland, as the ministers there rejected the UK government’s request for compliance. This decision has raised fears of Scotland becoming a “dumping ground” for XL Bully dogs.Share on Facebook «||» Share on Twitter «||» Share on Reddit «||» Share on LinkedIn