Petition Tag - breeds

1. Unsuitable Owners not Dangerous Dogs

The Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 was introduced in response to various incidents involving particular breeds.

These incidents received huge tabloid attention and public concern over the keeping and breeding of all dogs which were classed as the same type.

The following breeds which are of pedigree or crossed with are now classed as Dangerous Dogs
Pit Bull Terrier, Japanese Tosa, Dogo Argentino, Fila Brasileiro.

2. SCHNAUZERS & PINSCHERS

Dear Schnauzer breeders,

I’m writing to you today as a concerned Schnauzer breeder. Please let me know what you think about the following issue:

Some members of the German PSK want to change the standard of our breeds regarding the tail. As all of them aren’t breeders, I’d like to know what you think about it.

The new standard will say that tails that are too long, carried above the back or at the side will be a mistake, a curled tail will be a great mistake; which means that dogs with those tails will have bad show results, as they can’t be judged as “excellent” any more. And dogs with curled tails will be taken out of breed automatically, as heavy mistakes must lead to disqualification of these dogs on dog shows. Some of our best dogs will be taken out and judged as “bad dogs”!

In my opinion it is absolutely not necessary to change the standard. As those persons tell that foreign breeders want these changes, please let me know your opinion. Write us short statement that says that you don’t want any changes to the standard. Thank you very much!

Viele Grüße / Yours
Edith Schön

3. Join With the AKC to Protect Responsible Small Breeders

Join with the American Kennel Club to express your concerns about the harsh and unintended consequences that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s proposed regulations (RIN 0579-AD57) to redefine “retail pet store” would have on responsible small and hobby breeders.

Under the proposed regulations, breeders - who maintain more than four “breeding females” and who sell even one puppy sight unseen, by any means (including online, by mail or by telephone), would now be regulated as commercial breeders by the USDA. The effect of these proposed regulations would be to take away the public’s opportunity to obtain puppies from some of our nation’s top breeders who in many cases, have dedicated their lives to breeding for health, breed type and temperament.

Under current law, the federal Animal Welfare Act exempts from federal oversight “retail pet stores,” which sell puppies directly to a final customer for use as pets. This exemption means that most non-commercial small or hobby breeders do not have to be licensed and regulated by the USDA. The proposed rule rescinds the exempt “retail pet store” status of anyone selling pets at retail to buyers who do not physically enter the breeder’s facilities in order to personally observe the animals available for sale.

The rule also requires anyone who owns more than four “breeding females” and sells puppies, cats or other small/exotic pets “sight unseen,” by any means, to be licensed, regulated and inspected as a USDA commercial breeder.

The AKC shares the USDA’s concern about substandard Internet puppy sellers that operate outside the current regulations. However, the unintended consequences of this proposed rule create unreasonable hardships on small hobby breeders. This rule could threaten the future of a vast number of small responsible dog breeders and the very existence of some rare breeds in the United States.

The rule creates an unfair burden on small breeders who may depend on the ability to place dogs very selectively in known situations without physically meeting with the purchaser at the specific time of sale. Likewise, many hobbyists are comfortable purchasing an animal sight-unseen based on known pedigrees, bloodlines, previous relationships or personal knowledge of each other’s facilities and programs. Such scenarios are particularly common and necessary for breeders and fanciers of rare breeds. The proposed rule does not make allowances if the purchaser is willing to sign a waiver of an in-person sale requirement.

It is unreasonable to expect small breeders, who may keep a handful of intact females in their homes, to be able to meet exacting USDA commercial kennel engineering standards that were never intended for home environments. Other pre-existing restrictions such as local ordinances, insurance or licensing may also prevent hobbyists from adapting their facilities.

4. Gibraltar Dog Lovers Against Breed Specific Legislation

In 1997, an amendment was made to the Dangerous Dogs Act, after years of pressure from campaigners and welfare groups, to stop the killing of certain 'illegal' breeds, known as the 'Breed Specific Legislation'. Even this does not stop the killings of these dogs, as it is very difficult to prove whether a dog has in fact 'committed an offence' in a court of law.


Years have passed, and still this legislation remains, in Gibraltar, when few, if any, of these 'certain types of pit bulls', have acted angrily or committed an offence under this act. It is time for this legislation to be looked into and amended, to allow the importation of these types of breeds.

We believe that dogs, irrelevant of breed, are not to blame, only owners who do not understand or care are responsible for their actions.

5. Punish The Deed, Not The Breed

Our Government has put bans or restrictions on the ownership of at least 75 breeds of dogs all over the country. For all the human errors that have happened over the years, you, our Government, has decided to take actions against the animals.

As a pet owner, I know that our pets respond to how we, as owners, treat them. Most, if not all of our pets have to be taught how to behave, play, and interact with other animals and/or humans. It is of human fault that these animals either fight other animals or attack a person.

Make the person responsible for the neglect and abuse they put the animal(s) through, don't punish these 75 breeds of loyal and loving companions by labeling them as "vicious" and banning them.

6. No Distinction Between Dog Breeds

Unfair judgment should not be passed on anyone or anything. The fact that someone owns an American Pit Bull Terrier does not automatically mean they are a reckless, inattentive, or careless person nor does the fact that a dog is a Miniature Pinscher mean that is a destructive, hyper, or aggressive animal.

The different breeds are not the problem, issue, or dilemma. The thoughtless, negligent, and uncommitted owners are. Please stop these unjust acts and help protect the animals we love so much. Prosecute the negligent, oblivious, or caustic people that train and teach them to be violent and hostile.

7. Ban aggressive dog breeds in the UK

The government has taken several steps to try to crack down on those who breed and trade dangerous dogs, as well as those who own them.

The Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 is the most prominent of the various laws that cover dog ownership in the UK.

The act bans the breeding and sale or exchange of four kinds of dog - pit bull terriers, Japanese Tosas, the Dogo Argentinos, and the Fila Brasileiros. Cross-breeds of those dogs are covered by the law.

The dangerous dogs Act 1991 states 'to enable restrictions to be imposed in relation to other types of dog which present a serious danger to the public;'

[25th July 1991]

Rottweilers were the number two breed of dog named in fatal human attacks from 1979 to 1998 in a report by the CDC. Dangerous behavior in Rottweilers results from their original breeding for aggressive guard dog traits. This tendency may extend towards other animals as well. Often injuries and maulings occur when an owner or passerby tries to separate fighting dogs, or unintentionally triggers a guarding behavior in a dog. In most cases, the type of behavior a Rottweiler exhibits is the result of past training (or lack thereof).

Rottweilers may either be dangerous or benign, depending on the action taken by the owner in socializing the dog. The portrayal of Rottweilers as evil dogs in several fictional films and TV series, most notably in The Omen, has added to their negative publicity. Rottweilers are banned in many municipalities, some scattered countries, and are sometimes targeted as dangerous dogs by legislation. Many owners of Rottweilers are forced to obey state leash/muzzle laws, as in Germany and in France.

Examples of the breed’s potential danger are provided by the recent deaths of two infants on 29 December 2007 – a 9 week old girl in Melbourne, Australia, and a one year old boy in Wakefield, England.

In the Melbourne death, a rottweiler that regularly showed his aggressive nature by violently barking and jumping at the fence as people walked by his master’s house, took the family’s first born from her cot and mauled her to death.

In the Wakefield death, the one year old baby was being held by a seven year old girl when the rottweiler bitch grabbed him from the girl's arms and then mauled him, inflicting terrible injuries. The victim died at the local hospital a short time later. The family owning the dog, reportedly told police she had not previously shown any signs of aggression.

8. Overturn Breed Specific Legislation

I have started this petition in an attempt to have the Breed Specific Legislation overturned.

The BSL was introduced in 1991 banning 4 dogs from further importation:
Fila Brasileiro (Brazilian Mastiff)
Dogo Argentino
Japanese Tosa
American Pit Bull Terrier or Pit Bull Terrier

A fifth dog the Presa Canario was added in 2005.

I am asking for your help in overturning the law, and preventing eventual extinction of these breeds in Australia.

9. Save our Dogs

Our bull breeds have been getting alot of bad press for years which has lead to some being banned and the possibilty of more joining them this year, including staffordshire bull terriers.

There were 6000 dog attacks in the UK in 2006 and only half a dozen or so made the papers and started to create panic because they were rottweilers and staffys. What happened to the other 5994?? german shepherds are responsible for over 40% of attacks each year and the breed standard clearly states they have an aggressive nature which is why the police use them but the papers never say anything about these.

Any vet or people who deal with dogs regular will tell you the same thing so why don't they want to ban the most dangerous dogs in the country??? over 12500 shepherds were registered in 2006 with the kennel club compared to between 1800 and 4000 of each bull breed, clearly the biggest threat is NOT bull breeds.

PLEASE HELP STOP THE DISCRIMINATION OF OUR BEAUTIFUL DOGS AND HELP STOP THE GOVERNMENT DESTROYING PEOPLES PETS FOR NO REASON.

10. Canadian Kennel Club status with the F.C.I.

On the occasion of its meeting in Rome on October 25th and 26th, 2006, the FCI (Fédération Cynologique Internationale) General Committee made the following decision:

Due to the continuous lack of communication and response from the Canadian Kennel Club, due to the fact that the CKC does not recognize the pedigrees from many of our members and contract partners and due to the lack of common orientation between the two organizations, the Canadian Kennel Club judges will no longer be allowed to officiate at FCI international CACIB shows as from January 1st 2007.

In addition, pedigrees issued by the CKC as from January 1st 2007 will no longer be recognized by the FCI.

Finally, the title of CKC Champion is no longer accepted for the entry in Champion Class at FCI International CACIB shows as from January 1st 2007.

11. NO BAN FOR PITBULLS OR BREEDERS

I AM A BREEDER OF PITPULLS AND HAVE BRED THEM A LONG TIME. IT'S FROM MY OWN PERSONAL EXPERIENCE THAT I WRITE THIS:

I FEEL THAT BSL IS NOT GIVING THIS BREED OR ANY OTHER BREEDS (AKA ROTTIS, DOBERMANS OR OTHER LARGE BREEDS OF DOGS) A FAIR CHANCE. THEY ARE JUMPIN THE GUN.

I LIVE WITH PITTBULLS MY WHOLE LIFE AND KNOW PEOPLE WHO HAVE BREED ROTTS ALSO,AND I HAVE SEEN THEM GO AFTER PEOPLE BUT I WAS WHEN THEY WERE INTIMADATED BY THESE PEOPLE OR OTHER DOGS. I DONT THINK THAT THESE BREEDS HAVE BEEN REALLY RESEARCHED ENOUGH TO BE JUDGED. WE HAVE RESCUE DOGS THAT ARE PITTS IN THE COMMUNITY AND OUR BOMB DOGS ARE PITS AS WELL.

I WISH THE LEGISLATERS WOULD REALLY GO ON THE INSIDE AND LOOK OUT INSTEAD OF LOOKING IN. I COUNT MYSELF WHEN I SAY THIS IF YOU TAKE MY DOGS ITS LIKE YOUR TAKING MY CHILDREN,AND WHEN YOU HURT PEOPLE THAT ARE COLSE OR EVEN A ANIMAL THAT YOU HAVE ALOT OF TIME INVESTED IT YOU RETALIATE.IT THE BREEDERS THAT NEED TO BE PUNISHED NOT THE BREED.

I KNOW I CAN GET ALOT OF BACK UP ON THIS PETITION. WHERE I LIVE THERE IS MORE PITTBULLS THEN CATS AND NO1 IS SCARED TO WALK DOWN THE STREETS OR TO GO TO SOME1S HOUSE. IF PEOPLE WOULD RESPECT SIGNS THAT ARE POSTED AND OWNERS WOULD OBEY LEASH LAWS THIS CAN ALL COME TO END.

12. Saving Bremusa

May 12, 2006

It has been brought to my family's attention that phone calls were placed to the front desk about Bremusa. Bremusa, our White/Old English Bulldog, has been categorized as a threatening "Pitbull" whom people are afraid of due to a "Pitbull's" nature, Bremusa could hurt someone. In addition, Bremusa was "seen" chasing people.

For the record, Bremusa is only outside of our home when we take her to the bathroom. Please do not catoragized a Bulldog for a Pitbull.

According to A Happy Pit Bull website, " Some people believe that the American Bulldog, the English Bulldog, and/or the Bull Terrier are also "pit bulls" - but that is not true, since these breeds were used neither for bull baiting nor pit fighting."

"The pit bull's body structure is similar to a packed handful of other breeds. American Bulldogs, Bull Terriers, Bull Mastiffs, Boxers, Dobermans, Rottweilers... even Labs and mixed dogs have been labelled pit bulls.

The vagueness of the term "pit bull" leads many people, politicians, and the media to wrongly label any vicious dog a "pit bull".

13. Ban the Selling of Pet Shop Puppies

We are most concerned at the increase of puppies and dogs being sold throughout Petshops in New Zealand. The numbers are increasing dramatically and some Breeders in NZ appear to be breeding for the Pet Shop Market and puppies being sold for huge amounts of money.

Not enough information is being given out re the Breeds of dogs, the sizes they grow to, the care they need, a suitable environment or contact with people in the same Breeds.


Many of these dogs once grown are being dumped into Rescue organisations or left to wander the streets until impounded. There are many horror stories and we are becoming aware of more.

We are also concerned about health issues with the puppies, after hearing of many cases with puppies being sold with fatal viruses or congenital diseases, usually unbeknown to the purchaser.

A Pet shop is not a suitable environment to sell a puppy from. There is not enough people contact, no training can be given and one of our worst concerns is what happens to the puppies who are not sold after 3 months of age?

We feel there are enough unwanted puppies and dogs in New Zealand, without Pet Shops adding to the problem by encouraging backyard breeders and puppy farmers to mate their bitch with the dog down the road, to produce some puppies to sell to the local petshop. These puppies are then sold on with no background checks on the new owners, no property inspections and no investigation into the suitability of the new owner for the breed.

We find it hard to understand why any dog breeder would place their puppies into Petshops to onsell and the only reason has to be monetary....

MAF has guidelines on the Selling of Companion Animals but we are aware that these are not being adhered to in alot of cases and are very hard for MAF and the SPCA to police.

This petition gives you a chance to express your feelings on the subject of puppies/dogs being sold through Petshops.

14. Put an End to Restrictions on Squirrel Movement

We the petitioners believe that legislation prohibiting squirrels from free movement in public spaces is immoral and unconstitutional. Denying access to certain parks or city sections cannot be justified under any circumstances. Furthermore, practices that prejudice certain squirrel breeds over others based on the colour of one's fur or the bushiness of one's tail are similarly repugnant to right-thinking mammals. All squirrels have the God-given right to the nuts of the trees, and should not be reduced to the less savoury, second-rate nuts of lesser trees only because of the dictates of humankind.