After our previous article which RSPCA claims that PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) wanted the Staffordshire Bull Terrier on the banned list we needed some balance to the story, to find out why PETA wants this breed of dog banned.
They (PETA) tell us that in June this year they submitted a response to the government’s consultation on the Dangerous Dogs Act stating that they support the ban on breeding pit bulls and similar dogs like the Staffie.
The Dangerous Dogs Act is aimed not only at protecting humans but also at preventing pit bulls and dogs of certain other breeds from being born only to be treated cruelly. When tens of thousands of animals end up in UK shelters every year
PETA claim that pit bull type dogs (Staffies) deserve priority under the new law because they’re often the most abused, most frequently abandoned, and most likely used in dogfighting.
They go on to say: “We’re calling for Staffies to be covered by the legislation because they are currently flooding UK animal shelters and have become by far the most commonly abandoned breed of dog in the country. They’re also one of the most abused – in fact, the RSPCA has confirmed that 80 per cent of its cruelty-to-animals prosecutions concern Staffies.”
Staffies according to PETA are more likely to be abducted and used by criminal gangs for fighting rings or as guard dogs.
Lastly, they want a clause where owners of Staffies that have been spayed or neutered and looked after to be able to keep their pet.
PETA urges everyone who is looking for a dog or two to make sure you buy from an animal shelter not a breeder or even from a pet shop, and they say to make sure the animal is sterilised.