‘Sunak’s American XL bully dogs ban’ is supported’ by architect of Dangerous Dogs Act’

‘Sunak’s American XL bully dogs ban’ is supported’ by architect of Dangerous Dogs Act’

Ban on American XL Bully Dogs

The Prime Minister’s decision to ban American XL bully dogs has garnered support from the former Conservative home secretary who introduced the Dangerous Dogs Act. Rishi Sunak announced on Friday that these dogs would be banned by the end of the year in response to a series of attacks.

Backing from Campaign Groups and Politicians

The ban has received backing from campaign groups, including Bully Watch, the Campaign for Evidence Based Regulation of Dangerous Dogs (CEBRDD), and Protect Our Pets, who see the XL bully breed as a clear threat to public health.

Lord Baker, the architect of the Dangerous Dogs Act, advocated for the neutering or destruction of these dogs once the ban is enacted.

Government Action and Criticisms

Home Secretary Suella Braverman initiated government action by seeking “urgent advice on banning” XL bullies after a video of a dog attack went viral. Rishi Sunak ordered ministers to collaborate with police and experts to define the breed responsible for attacks and subsequently outlaw it.

While Labour supported the ban, they criticized the Prime Minister for perceived delays in implementing ownership restrictions.

Downing Street defended its timeline for introducing the ban.

Differing Perspectives on the Ban

Notably, the American XL bully dog type is not officially recognized as a specific breed by the Kennel Club. Animal charities, including the RSPCA and the Kennel Club, expressed concerns about the ban’s effectiveness and emphasized the need to address unscrupulous breeders and irresponsible owners.

Recent Dog Attacks and Legal Actions

The ban follows several recent dog attacks, including one resulting in a man’s death. A 30-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of manslaughter in connection with the attack in Stonnall, Staffordshire. Additionally, a 60-year-old man was arrested for possessing a dog dangerously out of control following an attack that injured an 11-year-old girl in Bordesley Green, Birmingham.

In conclusion, the ban on American XL bully dogs is aimed at addressing public safety concerns in the wake of recent dog attacks, but it has sparked debates and differing opinions among campaign groups, politicians, and animal charities.

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