Deed, Not The Breed
As a team of dedicated animal lovers committed to the welfare of the dogs in our care, the Dangerous Dogs Act has put us in situations we never dreamed of having to be in. Over the years we have cared for some amazing animals who have unfortunately met criteria that has determined them to be banned breeds. We can’t put into words the heartbreak that this has caused the staff who have cared for these dogs. It has felt unfair and immoral.
We take our legislative responsibilities very seriously, including compliance with the Dangerous Dogs Act. However, we believe that any animal welfare legislation should protect dogs from irresponsible owners who put their health or wellbeing at risk, and promote good breeding and training practices. Of course, legislation should ultimately protect the public and other animals from potentially dangerous dogs, but in our experience, this does not correlate with banning specific breeds of dog.
We welcome the parliamentary motion brought by our Animal Champion, Christine Grahame MSP, which calls for a review of the Act, and instead for it to focus on the deed, not the breed.