Reject calls to add Staffordshire Bull Terriers to the Dangerous Dogs Act

PETA, an organisation that is meant to be dedicated to protecting animals, has proposed to the UK government that it should add Staffordshire Bull Terriers to the dangerous dogs act, effectively banning them outright. Breed Specific Legislation is not the solution to the problem of dog attacks.

186,226 Signatures

Status: Closed
Created: 16 Jun 2018, 11:06 p.m.
Daily signature rate : 985
Closed: 22 Dec 2018, 11:59 p.m.

Many people in the UK today have the pleasure of owning a Staffordshire Bull Terrier. As one of these people I can recommend them as being loving, loyal and caring, far from dangerous they are great companions. It would be a terrible tragedy for the dog lovers of the UK to lose the right to own one of these great companions. We are calling on Parliament to save our staffies and not have them banned as dangerous dogs, because they are not. People create dangerous dogs, people are the problem.

Government Response

The Government has no intention of prohibiting the keeping of Staffordshire Bull Terriers.

Section 1 of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 prohibits the keeping of certain types of dog identified as either bred for fighting or that share the characteristics of dogs bred for fighting. There are four types of dog to which the prohibition applies: (i) pitbull terrier; (ii) Japanese tosa; (iii) dogo Argentino; and (iv) fila Braziliero. However, although it is an offence to keep one of these types of dog there are exemptions for individual dogs where it has been shown to a court that they do not pose a safety risk to others. The exemptions are subject to conditions (i.e. neutered, insured against injuring third parties, muzzled and on a lead when in public).

The Government considers that the prohibition on certain types of dogs forms an important part of the measures needed to tackle irresponsible ownership of dogs. Other important measures already in place include: an offence to allow a dog, of any type or breed, to be dangerously out of control; allowing police and local authorities to issue community protection notices to irresponsible owners whose dogs are causing low level problems; and civil law allowing courts to impose restrictions on individual dogs that are found to be dangerous.

The Parliamentary Select Committee on Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) (not Government) are currently reviewing the law on the prohibition on certain types of dogs. EFRA invited any written evidence to be submitted to them by 6 June 2018. Once EFRA’s review is complete they will then publish a report with recommendations and submit it to the Government.

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Top 10 Constituency Signatories to the Petition

Constituency Signatures % of Total Signatures MP Party-Constituency
652 0.35% Jonathan Gullis Conservative
Stoke-on-Trent North
601 0.32% Aaron Bell Conservative
580 0.31% Amanda Milling Conservative
Cannock Chase
561 0.30% Jack Brereton Conservative
Stoke-on-Trent South
546 0.29% Theo Clarke Conservative
518 0.28% Jo Gideon Conservative
Stoke-on-Trent Central
516 0.28% Kelly Tolhurst Conservative
Rochester and Strood
504 0.27% Sally-Ann Hart Conservative
Hastings and Rye
492 0.26% Mr Philip Hollobone Conservative
492 0.26% Luke Pollard Labour (Co-op)
Plymouth, Sutton and Devonport
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MPs spoken contributions during 16 Jul 2018 petition debate

Conservative George Eustice (View contribution) 2476 words Neil Parish (View contribution) 1855 words Jeremy Lefroy 895 words Andrew Rosindell (View contribution) 403 words
Democratic Unionist Party Gavin Robinson (View contribution) 292 words Paul Girvan (View contribution) 146 words
Labour Helen Jones 1821 words Sue Hayman 1399 words John Spellar (View contribution) 267 words
Scottish National Party Alan Brown (View contribution) 1468 words