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Bermuda: Proposal to move some breeds from “banned” to new “restricted” class

The following 23 breeds are currently banned in Bermuda: 

  • Akita
  • American Bulldog
  • American Pitbull terrier
  • American Staffordshire Terrier
  • Argentine mastiff (Dogo Argentino)
  • Aryan Molossus
  • Australian Dingo
  • Boerboel
  • Brazilian mastiff (Fila Brasileiro)
  • Bull Terrier & Miniature Bull Terrier
  • Bullmastiff
  • Cane Corso
  • Danish Broholmer
  • Dogue de Bordeaux
  • English Staffordshire Bull Terrier
  • Japanese Tosa (Tosa Inu)
  • Mastiff
  • Neopolitan Mastiff
  • Perro de Presa Canario
  • Perro de Presa Mallorquin
  • Rottweiler
  • Tibetan Mastiff
  • Wolf & Wolf Hybrid
  • All types of crossbreeds of the above mentioned dogs
  • This list of breeds cannot be considered as exhaustive. Any exotic or uncommon breed may also be refused entry despite its absence from the list above. The list will be amended as necessary.

The proposal would move some of these breeds into a new “restricted” category, which would allow the dogs in Bermuda, but with special requirements for owners. The article below contradicts itself; I cannot confirm at this time which breeds will remain banned and which are proposed to become restricted.

Bid to remove dogs from BDA’s banned breed list

Simon Jones
9/24/2010 10:36:00 AM

An overhaul of the way dogs are classified in Bermuda could be implemented within weeks. The move could see rottweilers, Staffordshire bull terriers and mastiffs taken off the banned breed list and put into a new “restricted” category. German shepherds, dobermans and Rhodesian ridgebacks would be placed into the same group. Dogs in the new category would be allowed into Bermuda but there will be additional conditions attached for keeping, licensing and breeding.

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Austria: BSL goes into effect (12 breeds)

Previous alerts for Austria: http://stopbsl.com/?s=austria

From this article: Alexander Willer, a spokesman for Vienna’s main animal shelter, said the list of affected dogs — which includes Rottweilers, pit bull terriers, Mastiffs, and others — was compiled “at random.”

Similarly, from a previous news report: Vienna Social Democratic (SPÖ) Councillor Ulli Sima admitted figures available in Austria did not provide convincing evidence that breeds considered dangerous were responsible for large numbers of attacks.

Austrian dog license law sparks debate

By VERONIKA OLEKSYN (AP) – 1 day ago

VIENNA — But starting Thursday, Fabian and owners of 11 other breeds known as aggressive “fight dogs” will be under stricter scrutiny: a hotly debated new law requires Viennese and longterm visitors who own such dogs to carry a license proving they can keep their pets in check.

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Butler Twp., OH: BSL treats victims unequally

A good example of the injustice of BSL. Because this woman’s dog was not killed by a “pit bull” (automatically considered a “vicious dog” in Ohio), she cannot expect the same treatment under the law as if her dog had been killed by a “pit bull.”

The hundreds of comments on this article are also interesting to read. Everyone seems to have missed the point; the discussion has (predictably) devolved into a pit bull-bashing session, despite the fact that this incident did not involve a “pit bull” at all.

Fatal attack on dachshund puts focus on vicious dog laws

By Margo Rutledge Kissell, Staff Writer
Updated 11:27 AM Wednesday, October 7, 2009

BUTLER TWP., Montgomery County — Julie Sheil said she’s not looking for revenge after a large dog killed her miniature dachshund, Sophie, Monday, Oct. 5, while she was walking her on a leash.

But she doesn’t think the Butler Twp. police and the Montgomery County Animal Resource Center did enough after the incident on Turtle Shell Drive — because the owner still has his dog.

[…] Kumpf said to be considered vicious, a dog must be part of the pit bull breed or have a history. In this case, the mastiff-mix met neither criteria. […]

Full article retrieved 10/8/09 from http://www.daytondailynews.com/news/dayton-news/fatal-attack-on-dachshund-puts-focus-on-vicious-dog-laws-333764.html

Denmark: Dog cull proposal provokes outrage

Prior posts about Denmark: http://stopbsl.com/?s=denmark

In Brief: Dog cull proposal provokes outrage

Saturday August 22 2009

A proposal in Denmark to cull all mongrel dogs has provoked a furious response from owners, animal welfare groups and MPs.

Denmark is considering a new law that would ban aggressive breeds, such as pit bulls and mastiffs, but an MP has gone one step further and suggested that all cross-breeds be killed. Flemming Moller, from the governing Liberal Party, is steadfast in his calls for a mass slaughter. “We will surely see lots of press photos of sweet puppies being put down but we must be determined,” he said.[…]

Full article retrieved 8/22/09 from Independent Newspapers (Ireland) Limited at: http://www.independent.ie/world-news/in-brief-dog-cull-proposal-provokes-outrage-1867033.html