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Battersea opposes calls to add Staffies to 'banned breeds' list

Written by Samantha Lade, Donr

Published on Monday, 16th July 2018

Battersea opposes calls to add Staffies to the banned breeds list

Battersea Dogs' and Cats' Home are strongly opposing calls to add the Staffordshire Bull Terrier to the Dangerous Dogs Act ahead of a Government debate later today.

At 4:30pm, a petition opposing calls to add Staffie dogs to the banned breeds list will be debated before Parliament in the House of Commons.

The charity have now released a statement ahead of the MP's debate.

A Battersea Dogs & Cats Home spokesperson said: 'Battersea strongly opposes Staffordshire Bull Terriers to the list of banned breeds and supports the petition before Parliament today.

'We have, and always will, champion Staffies for their loving, gentle and loyal natures. 

'Last year we rehomed 350 Staffies that have become wonderful, life-changing companions and their new owners constantly tell us that these dogs make a wonderful addition to their family.

'Staffies are a much-maligned breed that do not deserve a bad reputation. We know that in the right environment, and with the right owners, Staffies can and do make ideal family pets.

'Thousands of proud owners will tell you that Staffies really are softer than you think. The fact that 150,000 people have signed this petition is testament to how many people across the UK love Staffies and have had their lives touched by these dogs.

'There are, of course, dangerous dogs in our communities, but Battersea does not believe a dog is dangerous simply because of the way it looks.

'We, and every other major dog welfare organisation are opposed to breed-specific legislation – which has failed to protect the public. Dog attacks have continued to rise since four breeds of dogs were banned under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991, proving that these laws do not work.

'Adding another breed to the list will not keep the public safe and will lead to thousands more innocent dogs being needlessly put to sleep.'

You can watch the debate live on Parliamentary TV later today here.