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Dog welfare
Campaign to end breed-specific legislation
  1. Samantha Gaines, RSPCA
  1. Wilberforce Way, Southwater, Horsham, West Sussex RH13 9RS; e-mail: sam.gaines@rspca.org.uk.

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IN 1991, breed-specific legislation (BSL) prohibited four different types of dog in the UK: pit bull terrier, Japanese tosa, Fila Braziliero and dogo Argentino. Its aim was to decrease their population and improve human safety. But fast forward 25 years: large numbers of dogs continue to be seized and hospital admissions rise year-on-year. In fact, in the past 10 years, admissions for dog bites and strikes have increased by 76 per cent (Health and Social Care Information Centre …

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