Britain is caught in the jaws of a dangerous dog.
In the past two years, fatal dog attacks in the UK have increased dramatically. It used to be that around three people a year were killed by dogs. In 2022, that rose to ten people – including four children. Another five people have already been killed by dogs in 2023.
This rise is disproportionately explained by one breed: the American Bully, a close relative of the already banned American Pit Bull Terrier, which was cruelly bred to fight other dogs to the death. The American Bully now accounts for over 70 per cent of deaths from dogs in the UK since 2021. It is also behind nearly half of all dog attacks, the majority of these being against other dogs or pets. In one week of July this year, one dog a day was killed by an American Bully in the UK.
Despite these astounding figures, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) are aggressively lobbying the government to prevent not only a ban on the American Bully, but to bring the American Pit Bull Terrier (responsible for around 60 per cent of all deaths to dogs in the US) and other dangerous dog breeds back to the UK.
The RSPCA calls their view on dangerous dogs ‘anti BSL’, meaning anti-Breed Specific Legislation. As this suggests, the argument is that there are no differences in aggression between different dog breeds. In other words, whilst the RSPCA presumably agrees that Pointers point and Retrievers retrieve, they say ‘there’s no robust scientific evidence to suggest that prohibited types are more likely to be involved in dog bite incidents or fatalities than any other breed’, and ‘although it might seem that some dogs are born to be aggressive, it is more accurate to say that they are born with inherited tendencies that might, if not controlled, make aggressive behaviour more likely.’