When looks can kill
Six of the UK’s leading dog welfare and veterinary groups have come together to launch a fight against the Dangerous Dogs Act which was introduced in 1991 with the purpose of keeping the public safe following a number of accidents and incidents involving dogs.
The act prohibits the keeping of four types of dogs – the pitbull terrier, Japanese tosa, dogo Argentino and fila Brasilerio. The law makes it illegal to own, sell, breed, give away or abandon these types of dogs. Thousands of innocent dogs have lost their lives since the introduction of the act due to the way they look and not because of their behaviour or temperament, whilst hospital admissions due to dog bites have increased dramatically, showing that the act has failed in keeping people safe and protecting dog welfare.
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