Stop Breed Discrimination - Change the U.K.'s Dangerous Dog Laws
The U.K. is made up of four countries: England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland. Scotland and Northern Ireland have some form of self-government, so their Dangerous Dog laws differ slightly from those in England and Wales. However, they all have one thing in common: breed discrimination. Pitt Bulls make up one of the four dog breeds banned in the U.K. In fact, any dog that meets the laws' guidelines for measurements can be branded a Pitt Bull type dog and will most likely be euthanised, even if the dog has never shown any signs of aggression.
One recent and very high profile case took place in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The dog was named Lennox. Many of you may have heard about Lennox. A massive campaign took place in the media and on Twitter involving celebrities, dog experts, and even one of Northern Ireland's most senior politicians. All were fighting for Lennox's freedom and ultimately his life. Lennox's only crime was looking like a Pitt Bull type dog, and matching certain measurements. He never attacked anyone, was a beloved family pet, and acted as a therapy dog for his family's daughter. After many months of court battles, his family lost its final appeal with the court ruling that it could not override the judgment of the Belfast County Council. During this entire time, Lennox was kept at an undisclosed kennel for at total of two years. His family was not allowed to visit him. Lennox's sentence was final, death by euthanisation. The Council's promised final visit for his family was not kept. On the morning of July 11, 2012 Lennox was euthanised.
We want to STOP this from happening to any more innocent dogs in the U.K. The only way we can do it is if we all work together to become educated and of course get loud educating others!
Check out our awesome infographic below to help explain some of the myths and possible solutions for this issue: