It has recently come to our attention that British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has taken actions that discriminate against certain dog breeds. This generalization is not only unjust, but it also fails to consider the individual behavior of each dog and the responsibility of their owner.
According to statistics from the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), breed is a poor sole predictor of dog bites. This means that a dog’s breed alone cannot determine its likelihood of being aggressive. Factors such as training, socialization, and responsible ownership play a much larger role in a dog’s behavior. Therefore, it is unfair to label certain breeds as inherently dangerous and discriminate against them.
The AVMA also states that breed-specific legislation, such as the actions taken by Prime Minister Sunak, is not an effective way to prevent dog bites. In fact, it can have negative consequences, such as forcing responsible dog owners to give up their beloved pets and increasing the number of dogs in shelters. This type of legislation also ignores the fact that any dog, regardless of breed, has the potential to bite if not properly trained and socialized.
We urge Prime Minister Sunak to reconsider his actions and instead focus on promoting responsible dog ownership and enforcing existing laws that hold owners accountable for their dog’s behavior. Discrimination against certain breeds is not the solution to preventing dog bites. We must address the root causes and work towards creating a safer environment for both humans and dogs.
We call on all dog lovers and advocates to join us in speaking out against this discrimination and standing up for the rights of all dog breeds. Let us work together to promote responsible ownership and educate the public on the importance of proper training and socialization for all dogs. Together, we can create a more inclusive and fair society for our furry companions.
Legislation went into effect January 1 of this year. They are being abandoned in the street, sent to Scotland and left on ‘death row’ in kill shelters as the ban on the killer breed exists and government reveals more than 6,000 have been neutered, with more soon to be euthanized.
We are aiming to STOP this, just like we did in Montreal with your help several years ago.
It has come to our attention that British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has initiated actions that discriminate against these breeds. This generalization is unjust and does not take into account the individual behavior of each dog or the responsibility of their owner.
According to statistics from American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), breed is a poor sole predictor of dog bites. Studies show that factors such as socialization, training, management by the owner, and treatment are more reliable predictors (AVMA).
We urge Mr. Sunak to reconsider his stance on bully breeds and focus on promoting responsible pet ownership instead. Let’s stop blaming innocent animals for human mistakes.