The BVNA is deeply saddened by the tragic events that have occurred recently and our thoughts are with the family and friends of those that have been affected.

The BVNA stands with the Dog Control Coalition’s position that unfortunately banning the XL Bully breed will not prevent these situations from happening again. We also agree that the approach of banning breeds as per the 1991 Dangerous Dogs Act, has not worked, as the number of dog bites has increased over this period.

We believe that the government needs to investigate breeders who put profit before animal welfare, and owners that keep dogs dangerously out of control. We also agree that any changes need to have a strong evidence base, which we have not seen at this point.

One of our core concerns is how to identify the XL Bully because of its similarity with other breeds, and which may lead to the destruction of healthy and happy pets.

The BVNA asks that the government looks to change and update the current legislation.

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