End laws marking dogs as dangerous by how they look
In November 2023, the UK Government announced that it will be a criminal offence to own an XL bully dog in England and Wales without a certificate of exemption from the 31st of January 2024. They also published guidance to help owners prepare for the ban. In a matter of months, the XL bully will join the pit bull terrier, Japanese Tosa, Dogo Argentino and Fila Braziliero as illegal types of dog.
We are incredibly disappointed with the decision to add the XL bully to this law. We, along with our partners at the Dog Control Coalition, want to keep everyone safe - but we believe this is not the best way to do so.
As suspected, the XL bully definition published by the UK Government is incredibly broad and we are extremely concerned about the number of healthy, much-loved dogs that will unnecessarily be swept up in this ban.
We believe focussing on the type of dog, rather than their individual actions, is a flawed and failing approach. Dog aggression is highly complex, and taking a breed-focused approach is fundamentally flawed.
The current laws don't work
BSL fails to protect public safety and hasn’t achieved what it set out to do. Hospital admissions due to dog bites continue to rise year on year and tragic fatalities as a result of dog incidents have continued.
Help us make our concerns heard
We are not alone in our concerns. As part of the Dog Control Coalition, we've joined forces with Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, Dogs Trust, Blue Cross, the British Veterinary Association, Hope Rescue, the Scottish SPCA and The Kennel Club to make our voices stronger and louder than ever before. Together, we can demand change for dogs that deserve better.