We love our dogs, so why should they just be collateral damage, and that is just what the UK Prime Minister Theresa May is under pressure to take action on, to change the laws to stop pit bulls from being treated like this, as collateral damage…
In the UK the Minister for the Labour party, Gordon Marsden, said that these dogs were routinely put to sleep because of a law that says that bull terriers are a prohibited breed, being judged by their physical attributes, and apparently not at all by their behavior!
He said: the idea of his rescue dog, that he owned being destroyed simply “because her face did not fit in court is chilling”.
The Prime Minister did comment that she would take a serious look at the situation and in her word, she said she would look at it “very carefully”.
Questions were also brought up at Prime Minister’s Questions, where Mr. Marsden pointed out another report by the Commons Environment Committee, calling for an overhaul of the 1991 Dangerous Dogs Act including all its specific breed definitions.
One of those breed os the pit bull terrier, it’s one of four breeds that are banned by the act, but it is possible that owners can get a certificate of exemption if a court deems the dog not to be a danger.
Many Members of Parliament have said that in these respects the law is not functional, simply because most of the deaths are actually caused by dogs by non-specific breeds…
It is also criticized that these specific breeds of dogs can not have ownership transferred to new owners, even if they are deemed to not be a threat to anyone!
Mr. Marsden, who is referred to in comments made by the Environment Minister, Lord Gardiner, came before the committee about a case of a pit-bull type dog, the dog had to be put to sleep by Battersea Dogs Home.
On Asking whether or not he thought the death of the dog, even though he may well have been “good-tempered“, as just “collateral damage”, the minister replied a resounding yes.
The Blackpool South Member of Parliament said:
“Hundreds of pitbull-type dogs are confiscated yearly with no impact on dog-bite numbers”!
“Will the prime minister ask the environment secretary to act urgently on the committee’s recommendations?
“My wonderful bull terrier-type dog was rescued from the streets and to think of her being destroyed because her face did not fit in court is chilling.”
Many animal charities have all called for there to be serious changes to the way that pit-bull types of dogs are assessed, practically, for the purposes of the law, the current way is simply broken!
Even now the parentage and genetic heritage if dogs are just not taken into consideration, and it’s not a real or just way to be assessing these dogs.
Dogs are evaluated on how they look, their characteristics, measured against a scale of 100, only 10 of these points are used to consider the dog’s attitude and behavior, all wrong!
The Prime Minister gave thanks to Mr. Marsden for his highlighting of these issues and also pledged to review them.
“I had not looked at the detail of the report on that particular issue but I can assure him that the environment secretary is himself a keen dog owner, as indeed is the chancellor, and he will be looking at this issue very carefully”
What will happen who really knows? But we know for certain that this could be a tide for change, we certainly hope so, and that the change spreads far and wide, this poor dog suffered simply because of how she looked, how can this be just?