MPs Express Concerns Over XL Bully Ban Impact on Police During Busy Christmas

Concerns Rise as XL Bully Ban Approaches: Police, Owners, and Experts Express Worries

In the lead-up to the impending ban on XL Bully dogs under the Dangerous Dogs Act, concerns are mounting among Members of Parliament (MPs), dog owners, and experts.

Scheduled to take effect at the end of this month, the ban has sparked fears about potential challenges during the bustling Christmas period.

MPs Fear Stretched Police Resources and Unclear Legislation:

MPs are voicing apprehension over the strain on police resources during the festive season.

The XL Bully ban, deemed ‘misguided’ by Conservative MP Andrea Jenkyns, lacks clear specifics, raising concerns about potential confusion and unnecessary police force.

The vague definition of the XL Bully in the legislation further complicates enforcement, as emphasized by former Conservative minister Sir Chris Chope.

Owners’ Dilemma: Exemption or Euthanasia?

Owners of XL Bully dogs are faced with a challenging decision.

The options include applying for an exemption, involving a £92.40 fee, microchipping, and neutering, or opting for euthanasia with a £200 compensation offered by the government.

Many owners are racing to rehome their pets in Scotland or Northern Ireland ahead of the ban.

Expert Insights: A System in Shambles:

Dog behaviorist Stan Rawlinson predicts chaos as the government lacks an appropriate system to handle the aftermath.

With a shortage of experts capable of identifying XL Bully breeds, Rawlinson emphasizes the impracticality of current DNA testing methods.

He criticizes the ban as a poorly thought-out piece of legislation, expressing dismay at the lack of preparation for effective enforcement.

Challenges in Destruction and Temperament Testing:

Mr. Rawlinson points out potential challenges in enforcing the destruction of XL Bully dogs, as many vets refuse to put down dogs with a ‘reasonable’ temperament.

The limited number of experts available for temperament testing raises doubts about the feasibility of obtaining exemption licenses by the end of December.

Political Critique and Alternative Solutions:

Former Tory supporter Rawlinson criticizes the ban as ‘panic politics’ and ‘knee-jerk politics.’

He suggests that a specialized license for potentially dangerous dogs, along with clear guidelines and a grace period for compliance, would have been a more sensible approach.

Rawlinson expresses disappointment in what he perceives as a lack of thorough consideration and direction in the government’s actions.

Call for Debate and Overview of Tragic Incidents:

Former Conservative minister Sir Christopher Chope calls the ban ‘very unfair’ and urges parliamentary debate before its implementation.

The impending XL Bully ban raises significant concerns, from stretched police resources to ethical dilemmas for owners and criticism of the legislation’s clarity.

The viewpoints of MPs, experts, and affected individuals highlight the need for careful consideration and effective measures in addressing the issue of dangerous dogs.