I have been contacted by several constituents asking for my opinion on the petition debate held yesterday on rejecting calls to have Staffordshire Bull Terriers added to the list of banned breeds under the Dangerous Dogs Act.
Unfortunately I was unable to attend the debate due to parliamentary commitments, but I was pleased to hear my fellow Staffordshire colleagues speak in favour of keeping Staffies out of the legislation; the RSPCA has stated that breed is not an appropriate criterion to assess a dog’s risk to people. The British Royal Veterinary are also opposed to any legislation that singles out particular breeds of dogs.
It is clear that animal welfare experts are of the opinion that there would be no benefit in adding this breed to the Act, and I am pleased that the Government has released a statement confirming that it has no intention to prohibit the keeping of Staffordshire Bull Terriers.
If you wish to read the full debate, you can do so via this link: https://hansard.parliament.uk/Commons/2018-07-16/debates/51B3E06E-CDFE-45DD-BD6B-D9B304DA4298/DangerousDogsActStaffordshireBullTerriers